Crossing the border: Internationalization and student mobility in Dutch Higher Education

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Research and Development in Higher Education: Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship Vol. 30

July, 2007, 651 pages
Published by
Geoffrey Crisp & Margaret Hicks
0 908557 72 8

Internationalization is an important issue in both Dutch policy and, related to that, in Dutch higher education. In increasingly more university strategy plans, crossing the borders -in terms of both research and education - is one of the main ambitions. It is salient that the Netherlands, as a non-English speaking country, offers a great variety of English taught degree programmes and courses. This paper focuses on two research projects carried out at the University Centre for Learning and Teaching, University of Groningen (the Netherlands). One project aimed to provide and overview of national and institutional policies on internationalization and explores the wishes for ICT-provisions. This regards incoming as well as outgoing students and teachers, and exchange mobility as well as degree mobility. International students seem to have fairly basic needs concerning ICT-use: especially wireless access is valued to keep contact with teachers and students. Teachers value most and for all library facilities and training in English fluency. The other project investigated in detail Dutch students’ motives for staying some time abroad during their study and regards exchange mobility. Broaden your horizon, experience another culture and language, and extra value for your degree were the main reasons for students to consider going abroad, whereas fear for study delay and financial and personal problems were mentioned as hindrances. Students considering going abroad for some time during their degree programme seem to have a higher level of self-efficacy and internal drive.

Keywords: internationalization, policy, student mobility

Crossing the border: Internationalization and student mobility in Dutch Higher Education

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Jansen, E., Suhre, C. & Bruinsma, M.