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Study Abroad: international student exchange programmes and international partnerships
This policy briefing contains carefully selected video presentations, a detailed research index and supporting documents, including case studies. The briefing is an ideal training tool for senior managers covering the key areas of policy development, future strategy and best practice.

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This policy briefing contains presentations from international and national experts on the future of Study Abroad and Student Exchange programmes.

Higher education Institutions in the UK and abroad will be affected by austerity measures, government funding cuts, tuition fee rises and an increased number of students. In order to maintain a good international reputation, support for study abroad and student exchange programme are vital.

Partnerships between UK and international HEI's allow students an 'experience abroad'. Partnerships encourages mobility, enhances the academic exerience and greatly improves students' skills and employability.

The briefing, which highlights the challenges and opportunities to promote study abroad programmes, explores the opportunities of strategic international development between universities to improve support for study abroad and student exchange programmes. It includes findings from an international mobility research project and presentations from European and American university representatives.

Learning outcomes. Users will:

  • Look at how international student exchange programmes can lead to new models of revenue generation
  • Recognise how reputation, quality and perception can improve by attracting and retaining students with international experience
  • Examine the right information, advice and guidance for pupils and students to consider the international route Understand how students can improve their skills and improve employability
  • Explore the financial commitments as well as applying for grants and scholarships
  • Examine progress in the 'Bologna Agreement' as well as the EU standardization of degrees
  • Understand how encouraging students to study abroad, for a semester, a credit or a (joint or double) degree, can advantage your Higher Education Institution
  • Look at how to provide the right guidance and information for gap years and work placements and apprenticeships abroad

Presentation 1: William Archer, Director, i-Graduate How international study changes lives
i-graduate benchmarks students and stakeholder perceptions to deliver comparative insights to the education sector worldwide. Studies include the International Student Barometer, giving an insight into why students choose a certain institution and country and why they want to stay. The presentation discusses what differences international education can make to an individual's life in terms of graduate outcomes and employability and explores some of the characteristics of international students.

Presentation 2: Dr Fiona M smith, Lecturer in Geography, University of Dundee Motivations and experiences of students studying abroad: findings from the international mobility study
A report on the findings of a large scale research project funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in the UK, on migration and mobility. It looks at the motivations of UK school pupils to study abroad, to migrate or to migrate to study.

Presentation 3: Professor Ronald Skeldon, Professional Fellow, University of Sussex Motivations and experiences of studying abroad: findings from the interntanational mobility study (part two)
A second report from the international mobility study, these findings look at the different recruitment policies of international HE institutions and the difference between attracting undergraduate and postgraduate students. It gives an overview on the difference between pre-university education systems (focussed or broad-based), differences in assessments and work ethics.

Presentation 4: Jeanine Gregersen-Hermans, Director of Marketing and Communications, Maastricht University, The Netherlands Bologna: forming HEI partnerships and attracting international students
The Bologna agreement was initiated in the spirit of free mobility of people, products and services within the European Union. The agreement has enhanced international student mobility. This is an example of how a modern research-intensive university in a non-English speaking country attracts foreign students and staff, and how they prepare students for the European labour market.

Presentation 5: Professor Sir Drummond Bone, Former Vice-Chancellor, Liverpool University; Chairman, i-Graduate Group Why are partnerships and collaborations important?
National and regional partnerships and collaborations are quite common, but building up proper international partnerships requires much more. A practical session looking at issues such as the cost of revenue, the management and the difference in quality assurance, employment and health & safety regulations per country. Tips and advice are given on forming collaborative partnerships with institutions in China.

Presentation 6: Professor Colin B. Grant, Pro Vice-Chancellor International Relations, University of Surrey Institutionalizing HE Partnerships
As a sector the Higher Education sector is a bit conservative when it comes to internationalisation. How can you measure partnership outcomes and how can you take a long-term view on partnership building. What are the risks of large scale consortia. How should an insitution position itself in an international partnership? Professor Grant gives an insight into the benefits of having a holistic view as part of the core strategies of an institution. He also looks at diverse pedagogies, the importance of embedding language skills in the curriculum and collaborations with both the academic and non-academic (corporate and NGO's) sector in stimulating study abroad.

Presentation 7: Gretchen Dobson, Senior Associate Director, Domestic and International Programs Leveraging networks abroad: beneficial for students, staff and faculties
An illustration how to leverage networks with international students and study abroad students, and how to partner with them to achieve academic excellence, partnership working, generating new funding streams; ultimately building value for your institution.

What's on now:
Presentation 8: Dorte Stevenson, Head of International Exchanges Unit, Sheffield University and Kate Morse, Head of International, Sheffield Hallam Business School Success stories in international student exchange
An insight into international exchange and study abroad programmes at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. It explores how institutional engagement and senior management engagement helped to raise awareness to embed internationalization in the curriculum. A case study on an international student exchange with China. It explains the best ways of finding the right partner and the right champion, how to prepare students for their study abroad programme and how to provide emotional support for the students abroad.

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