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The Increasingly Interconnected World of Academic Internationalization: The Essential Context

U.S. colleges and universities have historically understood "international education" as a handful of specialist disciplines, junior year abroad programs, and a few in-coming international students. The last two decades have witnessed, however, a growing movement to recast these international activities, thread them through all disciplines, add new initiatives, and embark on intentional, institution-wide approaches to what has become known as "internationalization." Learn why these changes occurred; the many, sometimes competing goals that now drive internationalization; the pros and cons of different approaches; and what is gained by viewing internationalization as a globally collaborative process. Explore how increasingly comprehensive, increasingly global understandings of internationalization can stimulate and shape innovative, effective strategies for curricular and other international transformations at your institution.