Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 323–334

Internationalising the Student Experience: Preparing Instructors to Embed Intercultural Skills in the Curriculum


DOI: 10.1007/s10755-012-9213-4

Cite this article as:
Mak, A.S. & Kennedy, M. Innov High Educ (2012) 37: 323. doi:10.1007/s10755-012-9213-4


The Internationalising the Student Experience Project was devised and piloted as a teaching innovation to improve the intercultural awareness of instructors and, subsequently, that of their domestic and international students. In this article we claim that instructor preparation in the use of the Alliance Building and Cultural Mapping tools of the international EXCELL (Excellence in Cultural Experiential Learning and Leadership) Program can provide a base for institutionalised support. We report and discuss this approach and the outcomes to the challenges of and opportunities for internationalising the curriculum in the broader higher education context.


International studentsStudent diversityInternationalisationCurriculum

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Applied Psychology, Faculty of HealthUniversity of CanberraCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Business and GovernmentUniversity of CanberraCanberraAustralia