Edited by Pierre Benckendorff and Anita Zehrer
Chapter 24: Building high-impact mobility programs for increased student internationalization
Although the focus in the past decade has been on increasing the numbers of students leaving their home university for an international study experience, recent research has shown that merely going abroad is not enough to transform participants into global citizens. It is increasingly clear that in planning exchanges and other study abroad opportunities for students, the teaching, the orientation activities and the mentoring surrounding the travel are key to maximizing the impact of the foreign immersion as well as the post-return contributions to departmental internationalization. This chapter will focus on the practical aspects of developing a portfolio of offerings, the selection of partners and participants, the cultural orientation, itinerary development, values examination and reflection, and reintegration. Initially the focus will be on affecting the transformation of the individual student. Later in the chapter we will revisit the need for returning students to assist in meeting the internationalization needs of the department. Educators can play a role to assist students to deconstruct aspects of their international experience to better inform the experiences they will engage in for themselves and to contribute to the internationalization of those who stay at home.
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