Internationalization in Action


Internationalization in Action features institutional strategies and good practices gathered from participants in CIGE programs and other higher education experts engaged in internationalization. Topics rotate regularly, and each installment includes examples, sample documents, and advice from a variety of institutions. We welcome your contributions!

International Partnerships: A Four-Part Series

Part 4: From Strategy to Implementation - Launching and Managing Individual Partnerships  

International higher education partnerships are increasing in number, and expanding in the goals they address and forms they take. This four-part series explores the nature and practice of international partnerships, and the institutional planning and support necessary for their success.

With a signed partnership agreement as a starting point, this installment explores how to launch a new international partnership, and ensure that it reaches its full potential. The nine step process presented will help partnership managers establish a foundation for collaboration, navigate key decision points in the partnership lifecycle, and promote a robust relationship that adapts to changing needs and expectations.

Written by: Chad Hoseth, Director, International Initiatives, Colorado State University

With contributions by: Lucia Brajkovic, Senior Research Specialist, ACE and Yingjia Zhang, Research Associate, ACE

Edited by Robin Matross Helms, Director for Internationalization and Global Engagement, ACE


Prior Installments of the International Partnerships Series


Part 1:  Definitions and Dimensions (December 2016) (PDF) 1MB
Part 2:  Strategic Planning  (January 2017) (PDF) 216.5K)
Part 3   Institutional Support Structures (February 2018)  (PDF) 218KB

Other Internationalization in Action Series

Internationalizing the Co-Curruculum 

Focusing internationalization efforts on the co-curriculum is essential for the kind of deep, transformational learning that international education promises. This three-part series focuses on student learning that takes place outside the classroom.

Integrating International Students (Part 1, March 2015)
Global and Intercultural Education in the Co-curriculum (Part 2, October 2015)
Internationalization and Student Affairs (Part 3, April 2016)


This special edition of Internationalization in Action features insights and examples from the ACE-SUNY COIL Center Internationalization Through Technology Awards.

Internationalizing the Curriculum

For many institutions, student learning is – and should be – at the heart of internationalization. This four-part series explores how colleges and universities can bring a global dimension to all levels of the curriculum. 

Individual Courses (Part 1, December 2013)
Academic Program Components (Part 2, January 2014)
Degree Programs (Part 3, March 2014)
Disciplines (Part 4, June 2014)

Engaging Faculty in Internationalization

As the drivers of teaching and research on campus, faculty play a pivotal role in internationalization. This two-part series examines strategies for engaging faculty in the internationalization process, and includes examples of relevant policies, professional development programs, and other types of support.

On the Books: Faculty Policies and Procedures (Part 1, April 2013)
In the Classroom: Faculty as Stewards of the Curriculum (Part 2, June 2013)


The Internationalization Committee

This inaugural installment of Internationalization in Action outlines steps for establishing and running a successful internationalization committee, which is a key mechanism for advancing internationalization at many institutions.

Strategies for Success (January 2013)