Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Internationalisation

Information on the University’s internationalisation strategy, and links to useful resources to support multicultural learning.

“Advancing Internationalisation” is a key theme in our institutional strategic plan, but the term internationalisation has many possible interpretations in higher education.

These include:

  • recruiting international students to campus based courses
  • international research collaborations
  • expanding distance education provision (for off campus students)
  • attracting staff from other countries
  • encouraging students to undertake international exchanges
  • increased variety in language support and increased use of resources from other countries (e.g. foreign media accessible via internet).
  • development of overseas campuses

Edinburgh Global is the University's strategy for globalisation.

Multicultural learning: resources

International students may face challenges such as studying in a non-native language and understanding the expectations of a different culture. Considering and addressing these issues at the stage of designing a course and its learning activities - as opposed to reacting to problems during a course - is helpful.

There are many sector resources that can offer you advice and practical ideas:

Teaching international students resources bank: this Higher Education Academy project focuses on the ways that lecturers and other teaching staff can maintain and improve the quality of teaching and learning for international students.

Teaching international students resources bank

Engaging home and international students: a guide for new lecturers. This guide published by the HEA (Feb 2013) is for those new to teaching who work with diverse groups of students on mainstream undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses in UK higher education (HE).

Engaging home and international students: a guide for new lecturers

Supporting international students in UK Higher Education: a self-study online learning resource on supporting international students, produced by the Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) HEA subject centre.

Supporting international students in UK higher education: a course for staff

Race equality toolkit for learning and teaching: this online toolkit, produced by Universities Scotland, encourages academic staff to self-evaluate, and to review the curriculum and their teaching and assessment methods, in order to create as inclusive a learning environment as possible. It includes practical advice on working with learners whose first language is not English, and tips you can use in your lectures, seminars and fieldwork, and in setting inclusive assessments

Race equality toolkit learning and teaching