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Internationalisation of the curriculum: guides and case studies

Introduction to internationalisation of the curriculum

Preparing students to play an effective part in the global community is a priority for UCL.

In line with our ambition to be London’s Global University, and in order to prepare our students for the challenges of the international marketplace, UCL aims to offer an internationalised taught curriculum in all disciplines.

What is an internationalised curriculum?

An internationalised curriculum should:

  • Give students a broad, global perspective on their studies
  • Incorporate opportunities for students to consider aspects of the discipline from alternative cultural or geographical perspectives
  • Encourage students to develop the ability to communicate in their discipline with individuals from a range of backgrounds and cultures
  • Enable students to develop skills which are relevant to a global employment market
  • Challenges students to explore the values and ethical challenges which underpin their discipline. 

Internationalisation includes the course content (e.g. syllabus, teaching methods, assessment, reading lists and research), different world-views on the subject, its global impact and ethical issues.

Why is it so important?

Professor Anthony Smith, Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs), explained why internationalisation is a priority at UCL.

“Our approach to internationalisation of all curricula ensures that UCL students experience the best education drawn from practice across the globe," he said.

“Internationalisation of the curriculum is one of the underlying principles of our Education for Global Citizenship agenda. The world is globalising ever more rapidly and we must support our students and graduates for this mobile, fluid, complex, and often challenging landscape.”

How is it implemented?

Each academic discipline will approach this differently, but it could involve drawing on students' cultural beliefs and values, or using problem-based learning with culturally diverse groups to develop key skills.

Case Studies - Internationalisation of the curriculum