The recorded webinars listed below are available to BU faculty and staff. If you would like to view any of them, please send us an email to receive access instructions. We also host live webinars and workshops in a group setting on a variety of topics. Please let us know if you would like to be invited to future sessions or are interested in co-hosting a session.
Comprehensive Internationalization: What, Why, and How
International education experts Hans De Wit and Madeleine Green will define comprehensive internationalization and illustrate how institutions can use the concept to develop an integrated and pervasive internationalization plan. They will explore different underlying rationales for internationalization and their alignment with strategy. De Wit will provide a historical and European perspective to internationalization and describe the reasons for a rethinking of that concept under the impact of the global knowledge society. Green will discuss lessons learned from a wide variety of campuses in the US on successful implementation. Participants will gain the latest insights on comprehensive internationalization and why it needs to be at the core of higher education in the 21st century. Learn more.
The Internationalized Campus
For many institutions, internationalizing the campus is a strategic priority—but the work of doing so doesn’t end with recruitment of international students. It’s critical to be intentional in planning integrated services and co-curricular programs offered to international students during their years on your campus, in order to support their academic success and persistence, invite them into lifetime participation with your institution, and move them into your donor pipeline. Learn more.
Comprehensive Internationalization: Inspiring Campus-wide Action
Comprehensive internationalization (CIZN) requires active support and participation from many offices and corners of campus (i.e., international programming offices, faculty and academic units, student service units). Leaders and key individuals from each of these areas can become effective change-agent partners to advance internationalization. This webinar focuses on the process of building such campus-based teams and also on the roles that you and other leaders can play in bringing about success.
There is no question that comprehensive internationalization is a growing imperative, affecting student learning, research, and scholars, and college and university mandates to serve their communities both at home and abroad. The true challenge, however, lies in taking the concept of internationalization beyond the scope and purview of the international education office. How do you communicate the benefits of internationalization to your key players and build a cohesive, comprehensive, campus-wide effort that is transformational for the institution? Learn more.
Discusses emerging trends and strategies for institutional collaboration and partnerships overseas. Whether your institution already maintains an array of international relationships or is venturing abroad for the first time, the insights and advice provided by our panel of experts will help you navigate the complexities of global engagement.
- The International Perspective: Advice from experienced partner institutions abroad on building successful collaborations
- Dotting the I’s and Crossing the T’s: Key legal issues surrounding international ventures
- Creating a Global Learning Community: Extending the campus through global engagement
What Does an Internationalized Curriculum Look Like? The Promise of Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum
Helping graduates achieve global competence is a key strategic goal for many institutions. As all sectors of the economy extend beyond linguistic and cultural borders, there is increasing demand for employees with intercultural and multilingual skills. Many institutions are moving toward a model that weaves language and culture across the curriculum. They have engaged faculty, administrators, students (both domestic and international), international services, and academic departments to collaborate and envision a new approach to language and cultural experiences outside of traditional language courses. Learn more.
Student Learning Abroad: What Our Students Are Learning, What They’re Not, and What We Can Do About It
The forthcoming book, Student Learning Abroad: What Students Are Learning, What They Are Not, and What We Can Do About It, addresses this ongoing shift. The book’s editors, Michael Vande Berg, R. Michael Paige, and Kris Hemming Lou, offer a framework that describes ongoing paradigmatic shifts in our thinking about student learning abroad. The book’s authors review recent research assessing student learning and development abroad; discuss insights from a wide range of disciplines—psychology, education, anthropology, experiential learning theory, developmental theory, intercultural relations, and neuroscience—that together converge around the emerging experiential-constructivist view of human learning; and describe six exemplar study abroad programs that, grounded in this emerging view, are helping students learn and develop in ways that educators have long hoped that they will. Learn more.
International Joint and Double Degree Programs: Prospects and Challenges
Drawing upon recent research, this webinar provides an update on the status of international joint double/dual degree programs. The presenters will offer their perspectives on how these collaborative academic degree programs have evolved and reflect current trends in internationalization. Both benefits and risks will be discussed, along with what the future might bring. Learn more.
Improve Your Intercultural Training through Transformative Learning
After students study abroad, they speak most often of the transformation they have gone through as a result of their intercultural experience. You may also know that your effort to engage real transformative learning falls far below expectations. Experience without support does not render the intercultural competence that we strive for in our intercultural training. Instead, it requires a rich integration of the right training and support. Learn more.
Building Virtual Bridges for Cross-Cultural Learning
Are you a university or college faculty member interested in utilizing virtual tools to support cross-cultural learning environments for your students? Do you work with study abroad students and want to enhance their learning experience through virtual connections? This webinar will provide insights to such groups as university and college faculty, education abroad advisers, senior international officers, teacher educators, and curriculum developers. Learn more.
Today's Chinese Student: Cultural Insights for Better Integration
Today’s Chinese students are different from the students of previous decades, and they are enrolling in unprecedented numbers in US colleges and universities. It is becoming increasingly important for campuses to understand these students and how to bridge the cultural gap between them and other international and domestic students. How do group culture and shared experience affect the cultural and social integration of Chinese students on your campus? What are some of the best practices you can implement to gain campus-wide support for orienting and supporting these students? Learn more.
Today’s Chinese Student: Understanding the US Classroom
Chinese students encounter many common problems in the US classroom, ranging from issues of academic integrity to building relationships with faculty and academic advisers. This webinar will provide best practices to help Chinese students address these and other challenges, such as English language difficulties and unfamiliar classroom expectations. Presenters will also discuss how to support faculty in adjusting to the changing demographic of the US classroom. Learn more.
Strategic Planning for Study Abroad Financing
Higher education is focusing intently on financing as a critical element of its strategic planning for the future. Study abroad leaders, as part of this process, are also evaluating their program goals and models, seeking close alignment with institutional purposes, a critical element of this analysis determination of financing the continued expansion needed in the field.
In the changing landscape that now prevails in higher education, what do you need to know to plan for a healthy future for your education abroad efforts? In this webinar, we will discuss how to integrate education abroad into strategic planning on campus, matching the long-term goals and strategies of an institution to the models and priorities of education abroad. We will describe methods of analyzing cost efficiency and effectiveness of ongoing operations, assessing funding options, and models for expanding or initiating programs. As your institution’s education abroad financial strategist, it is imperative to plan proactively, both in reaction to—and in preparation for—financial hardships facing higher education and education abroad programming. Learn more.
India—The Next Frontier for Higher Education
US higher education interest in India is at an all-time high and the potential for engagement with Indian counterparts holds exciting possibilities for many US colleges and universities. Many institutional leaders across the United States have identified India as a “strategic priority,” yet relatively few have at their fingertips the most current and reliable information about this immense, diverse, and complex country.
- An Overview of Indian Higher Education: Key issues and critical challenges
- Engaging with the World: Legislative and policy developments for partnerships and collaborations
- Exploring Student Recruitment in India: A vision for the future
China & India: Conducting Research or Educational Activities
Asia is the new Europe! International programs and activities in Asia, especially in China and India, have increased significantly across higher education the past decade. Whether running a research project, a joint degree program, or even just study abroad, the risks to the university can be significant. Explore the legal, financial, and logistical challenges of engaging in activities in China and India. Even if you’ve been conducting activities in these countries for many years, there are many hidden issues about which you may not know. Learn more.
Sub-Saharan Africa—Conducting Educational or Teaching Activities
Research, capacity building, clinical work, and a growing number of educational programs have been taking universities and nonprofits to Africa at a rapidly growing rate. But the region may be the riskiest and most challenging area in which to do business in the world. Explore the legal, financial, and logistical challenges of engaging in activities in some of the more common countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Even if you’ve been conducting activities in the region for many years, there are many hidden issues about which you may not know. Learn more.