Internationalisation at Home

International and intercultural competencies are anything but a luxury. They are a vital necessity – also for students who don't go abroad.

It is for precisely this reason that many higher education institutions offer Internationalisation at Home (IaH) activities, such as modules taught in English, curricula that include international subjects, and international projects. IaH is becoming an increasing priority for higher education institutions, the Ministry of Education Culture and Science and other stakeholders.

In an October 2015 letter to the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, the Dutch Education Council recommended placing a greater emphasis on IaH in the 2015-2025 Strategic Agenda for Higher Education and Research.

What is Internationalisation at Home?

Internationalisation at Home is a concept that refers to a range of activities such as internationalisation of the curriculum, the international classroom and online internationalisation. Essentially, they are activities that enable students to gain international experience without necessarily going abroad.

Internationalisation of the curriculum

"Internationalisation of the curriculum is the incorporation of international, intercultural and global dimensions into the content of the curriculum as well as the learning outcomes, assessment tasks, teaching methods and support services of a program of study. It is focused on the assurance of international/intercultural learning outcomes, it involves and includes all students and it can drive curriculum change, innovation and rejuvenation." (Leask 2009; 2015)

In Australia, Betty Leask, Craig Whitsed and Wendy Green have created a website about internationalisation of the curriculum that explains the concept and offers relevant case studies and literature.

The American Council on Education recently released a series of four publications about internationalisation of the curriculum.

International classroom

At the University of Groningen, an International Classroom Project has been set up in which literature surveys, advice from experts and pilot initiatives are being deployed to develop extensive knowledge of how to run an international classroom. This knowledge is being disseminated through seminars, external seminars, conferences and publications. For further information, see www.rug.nl/internationalclassroom.

What is EP-Nuffic doing to support IaH?

We collect and publish information and promote discussion of this topic, both in publications and at events. We also provide advice to universities of applied sciences and research universities.

See our publications about Internationalisation at Home

Seminar on Internationalisation at Home

On 12 November 2015, EP-Nuffic organised a seminar in Utrecht on Internationalisation at Home. Presentations and an overview of the event will be posted on this page shortly.

What can EP-Nuffic do for you?

We offer a diverse range of services to support Internationalisation at Home, including:

For further information, please contact Hendrik Jan Hobbes, hjhobbes[at]epnuffic.nl. 

Related activities

A number of our other activities also overlap with IaH:

  • EP-Nuffic study: Formulating International Learning Outcomes (FIL).
  • The MINT tool, which enables institutions and study programmes to map out their own internationalisation activities, including IaH.
  • A project geared towards the professionalisation of lecturers involved in Internationalisation at Home.

Various institutions have expressed a need for this or have developed their own training programmes, or are planning to do so. At present, we are consulting with these institutions on how we can collaborate in this area.

For further information, please contact Hendrik Jan Hobbes, hjhobbes[at]epnuffic.nl.

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