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ERIC Number: EJ813031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1056-4934
Hosting Foreign Students in European Universities: International and Intercultural Perspectives
Zhao, Miao; Wildemeersch, Danny
European Education, v40 n1 p51-62 Spr 2008
Universities throughout Europe are engaged in a process of harmonization through the Bologna process, which aimed to create a European area of higher education by 2010, making its higher education more compatible and comparable, competitive, and attractive for students and scholars within Europe and from other parts of the world. Given the increasing number and diversity of foreign students, the authors explore two important developments in higher education today: the international and the intercultural dimension. The former focuses on strategies that attract students worldwide and enable them to study in a foreign context, such as programs taught in English; and activities that create a supportive campus environment, such as counseling on how to study or live in the host country. The latter stresses an open and dynamic interaction among different cultural groups--international students with domestic students, with university personnel, with the local community, and communication among international students themselves. After all, institutions are not only about getting students there and compensating for their "deficits" by asking them to accommodate to the mainstream values and "standards" to achieve success; but also about creating opportunities for cross-cultural communication, understanding the needs of international students, and transforming themselves as a response to a culturally diverse environment. In brief, the dynamics of internationalization and interculturalization are important driving forces in developing higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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