Supporting Students Globally in Higher Education

Kenneth J. Osfield, Brett Perozzi, Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, Robert Shea, and Associates

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Internationalization of higher education is one of the most important trends for the next decade and beyond, and the implications for student affairs and services are enormous. Supporting Students Globally in Higher Education examines what internationalization concretely means for higher education with a specific focus on student affairs and services.

Internationalization of higher education is one of the most important trends for the next decade and beyond, and the implications for student affairs and services are enormous. Supporting Students Globally in Higher Education examines what internationalization concretely means for higher education with a specific focus on student affairs and services.

In this wide-ranging text, higher education leaders from all parts of the globe contribute their expertise, presenting a variety of concepts in detail and with specificity, capturing nuance and country-specific flair, while also providing paradigm-changing examples. The book is divided into three parts that examine critical and emerging trends and issues in internationalization, including:

  • Rapidly growing numbers of international students
  • An increasingly diverse and mobile student population
  • Expanding diversity of the campus at home
  • Intensified cross-border cooperation in research and teaching
  • More and different staff exchange programs
  • Closer and more intensified cooperation of state actors

The book also explores the development of student affairs and services around the world and how services are actually delivered. Chapters address: global competencies for student affairs and services professionals; helping students develop intercultural competence; study abroad in student affairs preparation programs; supporting students in the pursuit of educational experiences abroad; variations in professional learning and educational pathways into the student affairs profession; and international employment in student affairs and services. An introduction to country-specific topics is also included.

Written for both new and seasoned student affairs professionals in the United States and abroad, Supporting Students Globally in Higher Education lays the groundwork for improving the lives of students. As globalization continues to flatten our world and internationalization efforts press forward, student affairs and services professionals are uniquely positioned to assist students with attaining high-quality, holistic higher education, which in turn leads to the improvement of global society overall.


Praise for Supporting Students Globally in Higher Education

 “Groundbreaking and enlightening on how institutions worldwide assure successful educational and cultural experiences for students from other countries on their campuses, this guide is essential for educators throughout the world who seek to propel meaningful international experiences for students. Conveying the importance of connections and collaboration among institutions globally, from broad trends and issues to specific model programs, this volume addresses the challenge of social and cultural learning while embracing the opportunities afforded to students and student affairs professionals in our expanding global market.” —Doris Ching, Interim Chancellor, University of Hawai`i–West O`ahu

 “This timely contribution offers groundbreaking insights and goes a long way in facilitating a much needed global dialogue in the professionalization and enhancement of student affairs and services.” —Martin Mandew, Midlands Centre Director, Durban University of Technology, South Africa

Supporting Students Globally in Higher Education is an invitation for those working in student affairs and services to consider the broader context of our work. We have much to learn from one another about different systems of postsecondary education, differing challenges faced by students in various regions across the globe, and how we as professionals can strengthen our work through diverse perspectives.” —Jennifer A. Hamilton, Executive Director, Canadian Association of College and University Student Services

 “All student affairs professionals will find this book very stimulating. Its international perspective regarding higher education and student affairs provokes a much needed thought process related to the importance of student affairs around the globe. This book helps us to understand that although the student affairs profession has come a long way, there is still the need for collaboration among student affairs professionals around the world in order to better serve our students.” —Enrique Ramos, Director of Global Relations, NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

“Citing current efforts by student affairs associations and scholars to collect research data, encourage global conversations, and identify trends and issues around the world in higher education and student affairs, this book cogently demonstrates the need for cross-cultural competency and cross-border collaboration so as to sharpen our skills in order to provide students with the kind of learning experience that leads to their employability and becoming global citizens. It is timely, and a must-read!” —Howard Wang, Associate Dean for Student Life, Duke Kunshan University

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