Dynamic Reflective Assessment and the ‘Insta Generation’: The Case of Measuring Intercultural Competence in Study Abroad

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Engaging in Study Abroad (SA) is such an immersive and potentially transformative experience where students are able to develop their academic and employability competencies, such as intercultural competence (ICC). With workforces becoming increasingly globalised this has become a key graduate attribute for young professionals. However,  unlike other immersive experiences such as the ‘Year in Industry’ where benefits are clear to both students and potential employers, for SA the onus is on students to ‘make sense’ of this transformative experience in terms of articulating their experience and development to potential employers. What did you do? Why did you do it?  I […]

International Story Circles Supported by Visuals: tackling language barriers and encouraging reflective thinking

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In the Postgraduate Programme International Educating Class (PIEC), a UNESCO associated programme at the University Colleges Leuven-Limburg (UCLL, Belgium), students follow a course titled ‘Making Cultural Diversity work’, that aims at honing intercultural competence by adopting requisite attitudes, increasing knowledge, and expanding their skills repertoire for communicating across cultures. Students deliver an individual portfolio, in which they narrate personal intercultural experiences (like experiencing Story Circles) and make sense of them with reference to theoretical concepts from course readings and lectures such as multiple identities, otherising, or small cultures. The experience-based and interaction-oriented approach in the course creates a conducive environment […]

Mentoring Matters: Discover the Global Competence Certificate (GCC) Program Effect

Join Katherine Yngve, Purdue University and Linda Stuart of AFS in a webinar on the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research’s (CILMAR’s) latest study confirming that university students who received group mentoring through the AFS Global Competence Certificate Program (GCC) during their semester abroad developed their intercultural competence in a meaningful way. We invite all educational institutions, faculty and staff, others in the field of international education to this engaging discussion on fostering intercultural awareness, respect for diversity and global-mindedness in both a sustainable and scalable way. More info here: https://afs.org/2019/11/27/study-abroad-mentoring and here: https://hubicl.org/publications/71/4