Comprehensive Internationalization

Web Resources

Internationalization Toolkit (ACE) is an on-line resource consisting of examples of policies, programs, surveys, and other resources collected from participants in the Internationalization Laboratory program and other institutions. Resources are organized according to the six aspects of the CIGE Model for Comprehensive Internationalization and are provided as models for other colleges and universities.

AIEA 2015 Annual Conference Presentations related to the theme “Leading Global Learning: Envisioning New Paradigms.” (Also available:  AIEA 2014 Conference Materials, 2013 Materials, 2012 Materials , 2011 Materials

AIEA Webinar downloads availableVisit AIEA’s Webinars page to download past webinars on internationalization.

AAC&U LEAP Campus Toolkit (AAC&U): an interactive library for campus practitioners and other educators to access concise, useful research narratives, examples of campus work, and assessment instruments. Click “global learning” in the word cloud for promising practices and recent publications from the field.

AACC-ACCT Joint Statement (AACC): on the role of community colleges in International Education.

Accessing Best Practices in Internationalization (NAFSA): An interactive database to find campus examples of good practice in the various elements of internationalization, based on NAFSA’s annual Paul Simon Award-winning institutions.

Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education (IIE): created in 2001 to promote and honor the most outstanding initiatives that are being conducted in international higher education by IIENetwork member universities and colleges. The Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalization of campuses, study abroad, and international partnership programs in practice today. The profiles of the winning institutions are available on IIE’s website and are intended to serve as a resource.

Campus-Based Models to Support Internationalization (NAFSA, 2009): This PowerPoint presentation, used by permission of John Hudzik at Michigan State University, presents the key issue in internationalization, models various campuses choose, and examines sample outcome/impact indicators for successful internationalization.

Global Learning Inventory Framework—A Smart Grid for Global Learning (AAC&U): The grid is designed to help campus leaders answer questions about the different dimensions of global learning and the pervasiveness of an institution’s attempts to integrate global learning as a part of the fundamental fabric of the institution.

IIE’s 2013 Best Practices Conference Website: The Institute of International Education’s 2013 Best Practices Conference website is an ideal resource for campus internationalization. We invite you to view valuable speaker and panel session videos and download PowerPoint presentations, to help you and your colleagues make the most of the best practices that were featured at the conference. You can also see photos of the events, download the conference program, download presentations from the pre-conference roundtable sessions, and watch interviews with the Heiskell Award winners. The IIE Best Practices Conference on March 22 at IIE’s headquarters in New York City featured presentations by university provosts, deans, and government officials who shared their strategies and achievements for internationalizing their respective campuses.

International Students Contribute $17.6 Billion to U.S. Economy (NAFSA):  The impact of international students and scholars on states’ economies is calculated in this on-line resource, and provides concrete information that can be applied to making the case for internationalization.

Internationalization in Action (ACE): As part of CIGE’s effort to provide guidance to institutions engaged in internationalization, Internationalization in Action features institutional strategies and good practices gathered from participants in CIGE programs and other experts in the field. Topics rotate quarterly, and each installment includes examples, sample documents, and advice from a variety of institutions.

Internationalization: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going? (NAFSA, 2011)  The 2011 NAFSA Symposium on Leadership brought together top-level administrators and senior leaders to discuss the future of internationalization and how to develop the appropriate structures to support it.  This monograph examines the themes from the event, where leaders considered how to successfully meet the challenges of Internationalization.

The Internationalized Campus (AIEA) : free recording of a webcast with Darla Deardorff (AIEA) and Gretchen Dobson (Gretchen Dobson Go Global) about critical opportunities during the undergraduate years to introduce programming that supports international students’ academic success and persistence and invites them to engage with the institution in the long term as international alumni.

Publications (Free)

Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses – 2017 Report (ACE) Conducted every five years, “Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses” assesses the current state of internationalization at American colleges and universities, analyzes progress and trends over time, and identifies future priorities. It is the only comprehensive source of data and analysis on internationalization in U.S. higher education.

Building International Connections for U.S. Universities: Fulbright Scholar Program (CIES):  A report on the ongoing impact Fulbright Scholars have on the internationalization of their home campuses after their return.  The report includes data and case studies on how returned Fulbright Scholars internationalize curricula, promote study abroad, attract foreign students and faculty, and enhance the global engagement of their communities.   An executive summary of the report is also available.

A Call to Leadership, The Presidential Role in Internationalizing the University (Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities): The APLU  Task Force on International Education has developed a report with a set of recommendations tailored for both the large, public, research-intensive universities and smaller public institutions. The key recommendation is that presidents and chancellors take responsibility for internationalizing their campuses.

Comprehensive Internationalization: From Concept to Action (NAFSA, 2011): This 40-page publication (six page executive summary also available for download) offers presidents, provosts, deans, and international education professionals in both student services and academic disciplines fodder for thoughtful consideration of the challenges and potential pathways toward comprehensive internationalization.

Creating Global Citizens: Challenges and Opportunities for Internationalization at HBCUs (ACE, 2014): This paper is the culmination of a three-year research project that was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education, where seven HBCUs worked with ACE to develop campus-wide internationalization strategies. Their experiences and reflections make up the bulk of the report.

Higher Education Internationalization: Seeking a New Balance of Values (NAFSA, 2012).  Eva Egron-Polock of IAU looks at the ethics of internationalization and implications for U.S. institutions.

Engaging Diverse Viewpoints: What is the Campus Climate for Perspective-Taking (AAC&U): Engaging Diverse Viewpoints focuses on whether—and which—environments promote students’ abilities to understand and be informed by perspectives that differ from their own. The report presents findings from a unique campus climate assessment tool—administered in 2007 to 24,000 students and 9,000 academic administrators, faculty, and student affairs professionals at twenty-three colleges and universities.

International Education as an Institutional Priority (IIE): What Every College and University Trustee Should Know is a new IIE briefing paper, which includes data on student mobility and many resources to internationalize your campus, is intended help college presidents secure buy-in from Trustees and other leaders who may not be thinking globally, yet, and to help those who are doing so to articulate their vision.

Leading Comprehensive Internationalization: Strategies and Tactics for Action (NAFSA, 2012).  Authored by John Hudzik and JoAnn McCarthy, this downloadable publication presents a flexible leadership framework for the what, why, and how of both strategy and action for comprehensive internationalization for all levels of professionals and leaders on campuses.

Leading Internationalization in Times of Fiscal Restraint (NAFSA, 2010): Proceedings from the NAFSA Symposium on Leadership, including presentations by Stephan Vincent-Lancrin from OECD on effects of the economy on higher education; Michael Droge, president of Park University; and John K. Hudzik of Michigan State University, who discusses the “new normal” and its implications for internationalization.

Leveraging Accreditation and Quality Assurance in International Higher Education (NAFSA, 2013): From the May 2013 Symposium of the same time, this summary explains how accreditation presents an opportunity to foster internationalization on campuses.

Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2012 Edition (ACE): This report assesses the current state of internationalization at American higher education institutions, analyzes progress and trends over time, and identifies future priorities. Survey data from U.S. institutions were collected in 2001, 2006, and most recently in 2011, when ACE surveyed 3,357 accredited, degree-granting institutions.

Peer Review, Vol. 11, No. 4 (AAC&U): This issue focuses on study abroad, global learning, and the importance of intentionally connecting the two practices.

Presidential Perspectives (AIEA): Articles by college and university presidents from around the world on their perspectives on internationalization in higher education.

Provosts’ Perspectives (AIEA): Compelling perspectives from university provosts on higher education internationalization.

Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization (NAFSA): provides case studies of various types of institutions receiving this annual award.

Publications for Purchase

Developing Sustainable Resources for Internationalization (NAFSA, 2014): This e-publication provides international education professionals with the information they need to successfully obtain funding and resources to support their internationalization efforts.

The Sage Handbook of International Higher Education (Sage, 2012), edited by AIEA Executive Director Darla K. Deardorff, Hans de Wit, John Heyl and Tony Adams.

Global Development of Community Colleges, Technical Colleges, and Further Education on Programs (AACC): edited by Paul A. Elsner, George R. Boggs, and Judith T. Irwin, describes the systems that have developed in over 20 countries to open the doors to higher and further education, covering the historical development of the systems, as well as how they are addressing national mandates for preparing the workforce for the challenges of the global economy.

Guide to Internationalization for Chief Academic Officers (ACE): This publication offers a comprehenisve look at what CAOs need to know about internationalization.

Higher Education on the Move: New Developments in Global Mobility (IIE): This report, published by the Institute of International Education, with support from the AIFS Foundation, explores the effects of recent developments in higher education, the world economy, and government policy on global student and scholar mobility. Authors ask how these processes affect the most commonly discussed aspect of international education — the movement of students and scholars across national borders.

The Senior International Officer as Change Agent (AIEA): Author John Heyl discusses ways in which senior international officers can help bring about change through internationalization efforts on their campuses.


AAC&U Annual Meeting (AAC&U): This year was AAC&U’s Centennial Annual Meeting—“Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative”—which will examined the multiple meanings of “global flourishing” for individuals and society. Click on Session Materials, under Resources, to find session PowerPoints, handouts, and other useful resources. AAC&U’s Annual Meeting is held each year in January.

AACC Annual Convention (AACC): Held each April, it is among the largest and most dynamic gatherings of educational leaders, attracting over 2,000 community college presidents and senior administrators, as well as international educators, representatives of business/industry and federal agencies. Global and Intercultural Education is one of the convention tracks.

AIEA Conference (AIEA): The annual conference of the Association of International Education Administrators addresses “big picture” issues of internationalization.  Usually held in February of each year.

Executive Forum for Leading Internationalization (ACE):  This is an open forum for higher education leaders who have indicated an interest in international education activities to meet annually.

Programs & Institutes

AIEA Academy for New Senior International Officers (AIEA): This yearly Academy, intended for Senior International Officers in the first three years of their current appointment, takes place in May of each year at Duke University. Topics generally covered include: relations with administration; involving faculty in internationalization; making alliances; programs and partnerships; communications; assessment; recruitment; SIO career trajectories; and resources.

The Fulbright Program (IIE): This program provides students and faculty opportunities to participate in teaching, studying, exchanging ideas and finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright faculty are prime movers in the internationalization of home and host campuses’ curricula and classrooms, inspiring new generations of students and continuing contacts established during their time abroad.

Internationalization Laboratory (ACE): ACE staff work with institutions over a 16- to 20-month period to help them deepen internationalization on their campuses.

Liberal Education and America’s Promise (AAC&U): The LEAP initiative provides extensive resources for institutions that look to place a high quality liberal education at the center of their work. Integrative global learning is essential for the cultivation of personally and socially responsible graduates, one of the four central goals defines by LEAP.

QUIP (Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad) (Forum on Education Abroad): is a guided self-study and peer review process, resulting in a comprehensive report and recommendations in the areas of program design, evaluation and assessment, marketing and promotion, student advising, and resources and operations. QUIP’s three types of reviews support an institution’s own quality assurance initiatives and is easily adapted to organizations with different philosophies and infrastructures.