Improving student performance through short-term international student mobility programmes

Gary Rhodes, Rosalind Latiner Raby, Rupert Ward

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International student mobility programmes are academically integrated and structured educational approaches that provide opportunities for students to study transnationally. There are many different models of international student mobility programmes. Some include study in another country for an entire undergraduate or graduate degree while others include year-length, semester-length and short-term study (between 1 week and 6 weeks). Some of these opportunities award academic credit that can be used towards a degree while others do not. In some contexts, students enrol with an international institution and in other contexts a home campus faculty member oversees the programme.
A well-designed student mobility programme, with noted learning outcomes, can positively influence student learning. Short-term transnational study has noted impact not only on the student who has travelled, but also on host campus students. This dual impact opens opportunities for all students to learn from different cultures, perspectives and orientations, to build inter-cultural competency skills, to design bilateral relations, to promote positive images of different countries, and to use personal, social and academic growth to lead to increased student success (Brooks and Waters, 2013). This article discusses a range of these learning impacts for transnational students experiencing short-term programmes of no longer than one (1) year.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudent Affairs and Services in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Foundations, Issues, and Best Practices
EditorsRoger B. Ludeman
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherInternational Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS) in cooperation with the Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW)
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2020


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