Student perceptions of internationalisation of the undergraduate curriculum
Undergraduate students across all years at Griffith University were surveyed to explore the international dimensions of their experiences on campus to provide a "snapshot" or benchmark to guide further work in the area of internationalisation of the curriculum. About 50% of students indicated a personal international orientation or interest in international issues. On most items, nearly half of all students agreed that their courses and their experiences on campus had an international dimension. First year students reported significantly more positive perceptions and experiences compared with second and third year students. Students in the Health and Sciences Group tended to report significantly less positive perceptions and experiences than those in the Arts & Education and the Business & Law Groups. There was some evidence that international students and domestic students born overseas have a greater sensitivity to aspects of internationalisation of the curriculum. On all items a significant proportion of students did not perceive or experience international dimensions and a slightly larger proportion of students were not sure of the international dimensions of their experiences at university. Further work needs to be done to explore more fully and explain the basis of students' perceptions and experiences reported in this study.
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