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Internationalization at Home in Practice: Hands-On Experience and Initial Outcomes

Internationalization in higher education should not be considered an end in itself. Rather, it is a means for providing a global flavor for education, research and outreach activities. In this regard, Internationalization at Home (IaH) plays a key role, by providing intercultural experiences and global understanding and thinking for the university community. The idea is to break the paradigm that only the lucky minority who travel abroad will be able to expand their mindset by interacting with different people and being exposed to different cultures. However, even though much has been said about IaH, this concept belongs pretty much unexplored, particularly in Brazilian Universities. This session aims at exploring different alternatives for internalizing a culture of IaH at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Brazil, focusing on a variety of initiatives that have been started in the last years, such as: a) teaching in English for graduate and undergraduate students; b) offering EMI (English as a Medium of Instruction) course for faculty; c) offering COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) courses; d) hiring international faculty; e) translating and adapting the curriculum as a first step for its internationalization; f) preparing staff for internationalization, also by engaging them in language courses; g) offering free courses in languages for students; h) attracting degree-seeking international students.

Author(s):

Carlos Kamienski    
Federal University of ABC
Brazil

 

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