Europe Calling: A New Definition for Internationalization at Home

  • Jos Beelen
  • Elspeth Jones
Keywords: internationalization, internationalization at home, internationalized learning outcomes, concepts, definitions


The increasing importance of the concept of internationalization at home is not only manifest in the educational policy of the European Commission, in emerging national policies and in institutional policies of European higher education institutions (HEIs), but most of all in educational practice.

Since the existing definition of internationalization at home does not offer much support for those who are working on its implementation, the authors have proposed a new definition that hopefully contributes to lifting the ‘conceptual fog’ that surrounds the internationalization of learning and teaching. The new definition may also help to reach a common understanding of the concept when academics, the key actors in the internationalization of teaching and learning, are joined by both educational and internationalization experts. After all, their joint expertise is needed to build the international and intercultural dimensions of programs of study. 

Author Biographies

Jos Beelen

Jos Beelen is Chair of Expert Community Internationalisation at Home, the European Association for International Education, The Netherlands. 

Elspeth Jones

Elspeth Jones is Emerita Professor of the Internationalisation of Higher Education at Leeds Beckett University, UK, and Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy.

How to Cite
Beelen, J., & Jones, E. (2015). Europe Calling: A New Definition for Internationalization at Home. International Higher Education, (83), 12-13.
Internationalization of the Curriculum