Internationalisation in the Study Programme: Students and Staff

At Ghent University, we expect every study programme to reflect on, and pursue an education policy that is an explicit implementation of our six strategic education objectives. One of these objectives is ‘Internationalisation'.

University Policy 

Ghent University is strongly committed to internationalisation by means of, among other things, an Integrated Policy Plan for Internationalisation, structural partnerships and collaborations, and regional platforms.

Internationalisation Policy at Programme Level

At Ghent University, we expect of our study programmes to set up an internationalisation policy that is in line with university-wide and faculty policy frameworks.

The Programme Committee is the appropriate body for shaping the curriculum and making well-considered choices on how to achieve internationalization. It goes without saying that these choices are in line with a study programme’s specific context and individuality.

Embedding internationalisation in its vision/mission, its competencies, and its curriculum is clear evidence of a study programme’s policy. That vision can be included in the Education Monitor. 

There are many different ways to promote internationalisation in a study programme: 

  • mobility windows to facilitate outgoing mobility;
  • investment in short-term mobility with examples such as summer schools, field trips, study visits, a short exchange with a partner in a neighbouring country as part of a course unit. These initiatives can be interesting, for example, for study programmes with a high number of students working their way through university;
  • internationalisation@home initiatives with examples such as a programme-specific 'international week' or master classes, lectures or workshops given or taught by international experts;
  • a 'virtual mobility' offer, either self-developed or offered by partner institutions, with examples such as  MOOCs, video conference lectures, webinars, carrying out assignments with students from international institutions, etc. The Programme Committee can inform students on, or encourage them to participate in, initiatives that are organised by partner institutions;
  • an international teaching staff to guarantee education with an international dimension;
  • English-taught course units to facilitate incoming student mobility;
  • group assignments with mixed groups of regular and international students;
  • a buddy system between regular students and incoming students;
  • staff mobility in the form of (short-or longer-term) exchanges/guest lectures abroad.

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