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Educational Approaches to Internationalization through Intercultural Dialogue
Reflections on Theory and Practice

ISBN 9780367001469
Published December 2, 2019 by Routledge
266 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Giving voice to researchers, policy-makers and practitioners through a range of international case studies, Educational Approaches to Internationalization through Intercultural Dialogue interrogates processes of internationalization strategy and practice, from an educational and intercultural dialogue perspective.

Addressing this important, under-discussed area of internationalization – the role of intercultural dialogue – this book provides theoretical reflections and applicable, practical case studies that focus on:

  • Support for integration programmes for international and home students
  • Mobility programmes and initiatives which use an intercultural dialogue approach
  • The place of local languages and cultures in foreign language policies
  • The possibilities within a higher education context
  • The multilingual perspective
  • Student and staff perspectives

Focusing on teaching and learning, and exploring the latest research within the context of internationalization, Educational Approaches to Internationalization through Intercultural Dialogue is a must-read for anyone interested in, or currently involved in designing and implementing internationalization strategies within a higher education institution.

Table of Contents

    About the Editors

    About the Contributors


    Foreword to the series Internationalization in Higher Education

    Introduction: New challenges in the internationalisation of Higher Education - Ulla Lundgren, Paloma Castro, Jane Woodin

    PART I

    Reflections on concepts

    1. Intercultural Dialogue: An Educational Approach – Paloma Castro, Ulla Lundgren and Jane Woodin
    2. An Internationalist Perspective on Internationalisation – Mike Byram
    3. The Intersection of Internationalisation: Constructing a Knowledge Framework Grounded in Intercultural Dialogue - Melissa Schuessler

      PART II

      Reflections on policy and curriculum

    5. Internationalisation as Individual Development. A National Strategy through an Intercultural Dialogue lens – Ulla Lundgren
    6. Strategic approaches to internationalisation and intercultural dialogue - policy and practices in the Republic of Ireland – Marie Clarke and Linda Hui Yang
    7. Critical intercultural dialogue opening new paths to internationalization in HE: repositioning local languages and cultures in foreign language policies - Janeth Ortiz, Jamie Alonso Usma and Claudia Patricia Gutiérrez (Columbia)
    8. Intercultural dialogue in an Aotearoa New Zealand university: Strategy and curriculum - Lynne Parmenter, Tracy Bowell, Sharon Calvert, Robyn Longhurst and Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai
    9. Internationalising the Curriculum: Education Lecturers’ Understandings and Experiences at a UK University - Nicola Savvides
    10. The role of informal curricula in furthering intercultural dialogue: Internationalisation in a Chinese university - Chen Wang and Prue Holmes
    11. Higher Education Internationalisation Processes in the USA: Successes and Lessons Learned in Relation to Intercultural Dialogue - Darla K: Deardorff and Jane Woodin

      PART III

      Reflections on practice



    13. Intercultural dialogue in a critical and multilingual perspective – Karen Risager and Louise Tranekjær

    15. Intercultural citizenship as an opportunity for bottom-up intercultural dialogue internationalisation in South America – Melina Porto
    16. Student and staff perspectives on Internationalisation at Home: a local investigation - Claudia Borghetti and Greta Zanoni

    18. Enhancing faculty and staff engagement in internationalisation: A Hungarian example of training through intercultural dialogue - Irina Golubeva
    19. Are internationalisation strategies and intercultural competences a fitted glove? A case study of part-time management students’ learning experience through intercultural dialogue- Leena Saurwein, Claudia Pauzenberger and Frank (Hang) Xu

      PART IV


    21. Internationalisation and Higher Education: Questions from an Educationalist/intercultural dialogue perspective - Jane Woodin, Paloma Castro and Ulla Lundgren


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Ulla Lundgren is a former Assistant Professor of Jönköping University, Sweden and an ongoing member of its education research group.

Paloma Castro is Vice-Chancellor for Internationalization at the University of Valladolid, Spain.

Jane Woodin is Director of the Intercultural Communication MA Programmes at the University of Sheffield, UK.


By taking a resolutely educational approach, this book links internationalization to what should be one of its main dimensions but is too often neglected: intercultural dialogue. Through a combination of theoretical chapters and case studies from a broad range of countries, the book demonstrates multiperspectivity, a concept developed through the Council of Europe’s history education program. It recognizes that we may learn from the experience of others, without falling into relativity or accepting that "anything goes". Internationalization should encourage multiperspectivity, and this book makes the case convincingly.

Sjur Bergan, Head of the Council of Europe’s Education Department

The chapters in this book demonstrate that intercultural dialogue stands at the heart of the effort to internationalize higher education.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin, USA


The book is a valuable contribution to the field of internationalization and higher education and the role of intercultural dialogue in this endeavour. 

Jonas Stier, Professor of Intercultural Studies, Dalarna University, Sweden