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December 30, 1899



This series of occasional papers explores key issues and themes surrounding the internationalization and global engagement of higher education. Papers include analysis, expert commentary, case examples, and recommendations for policy and practice.                       


While international students make substantial contributions to U.S. higher education and the economy, this study reveals that they must navigate burdensome costs and an increasingly complex financial landscape. Based on a 2018 global survey identifying scholarship availability and cost of living as their top concerns, this report considers international student costs and institutional examples in detail.

Intensive English Programs: Questions and Considerations (PDF) 455.82 KB 

Intensive English programs (IEPs) are gaining attention on many campuses as a means to enhance the institutional value proposition for international students, increase numbers, and provide an additional level of support for matriculated students. This brief report provides examples, considerations for institutions developing an IEP, recommendations for supporting international students, and references for further information.

​​U.K.-U.S. Higher Education Partnerships: Firm Foundations and Promising Pathways (PDF) 1.63 MB

Along with an inventory of existing partnerships between U.K. and U.S. colleges and universities, this study provides an analysis of current challenges and emerging opportunities for bilateral higher education engagement. Case examples and policy recommendations are included.

U.K.-U.S. Higher Education Partnerships Inventory (PDF) 191.98 KB

U.S.-Mexico Higher Education Engagement: Current Activities, Future Directions (PDF) 1 MB

This report examines the depth of higher education connections between the U.S. and Mexico. Partnership examples include exchange programs, joint research initiatives, institutional outposts, and the increasingly vital role of governmental and non-governmental actors.

Internationalizing the Tenure Code: Policies to Promote a Globally Focused Faculty (PDF) 1 MB

This study examines how colleges and universities have incorporated internationally-focused criteria into their tenure and promotion policies. Based on an analysis of 91 policy documents, the report includes examples of language used, information about trends in terms of focus and content, and strategies for implementation.


Internationalizing Higher Education Worldwide: National Policies and Programs (PDF) 2 MB

This report analyses the array of government-initiated higher education internationalization programs and policies in place around the world.  Numerous policy examples presented, and issues surrounding implementation and effectiveness are considered.


Internationalizing U.S. Higher Education: Current Policies, Future Directions (PDF) 2 MB

As a companion piece to Internationalizing Higher Education Worldwide, this report takes an in-depth look at internationalization-related federal policies in the U.S., and includes recommendations to improve their effectiveness. The question of whether the U.S. needs a comprehensive national policy for internationalization is addressed.

International Higher Education Partnerships: A Global Review of Standards and Practices (PDF) 4 MB

Based on an analysis of standards of good practice set forth by organizations in the U.S. and around the world, this paper identifies key issues entailed in developing and implementing sound international partnerships, and explores strategies for addressing them effectively. Examples and advice from a variety of programs and institutions are included.

Mapping International Joint and Dual Degrees: U.S. Program Profiles and Perspectives (PDF) 2 MB

This study explores international joint and dual degree programs administered by U.S. colleges and universities. Topics include program characteristics and policies, academic focus areas, partner locations, and programmatic challenges, as well as the role of joint and dual degree programs in broader institutional strategy and planning.

Leading the Globally-Engaged Institution: New Directions, Choices and Dilemmas (PDF) 1 MB

This paper explores issues discussed by North American and European institutional leaders at the summer 2012 Trans-Atlantic Dialogue, including the impact of the economic downturn on internationalization efforts, the role of student mobility, curriculum, and co-curriculum in internationalization, language and cultural issues inherent in global engagement, and student learning assessment.

Challenges and Opportunities for the Global Engagement of Higher Education (PDF) 1 MB

This paper examines emerging opportunties for colleges and universities to engage globally, and asserts that institutions are better served in partnerships abroad if they have undergone the process of comprehensive internationalization first. Topics include models for collaboration, institutional “foreign relations” policies, fiscal motivations for global engagement, and higher education‘s role in national interests and public diplomacy.

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