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The Office of International Programs and McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies support the work of faculty and staff on campus, with the goal of help to make Boston College a more global and inclusive place for learning, both on campus and abroad.

While many of us believe that students gain much from international opportunities such as study, internships, or volunteering abroad, it is difficult for us to know what exactly students have learned without assessing learning outcomes. Outcomes assessment can take time and thought, if done correctly, yet is ultimately important for gauging students’ progress.


Bolen, M. (Ed.) (2007) A guide to outcomes assessment in education abroad. Carlisle, PA: Forum on Education Abroad. (Copy available in the OIP.)

Deardorff, D. (2006). Identification and assessment of intercultural competence as a student outcome of internationalization. Journal of Studies in International Education, vol. 10 no. 3 241-266.

Gozik, N. (2014). The theory and practice of education abroad. In Hernandez, M., Wiedenhoeft, M. and Wick, D. (Ed.). NAFSA’s guide to education abroad for advisers and administrators (407-421). Washington, DC: NAFSA. (Copy available in the OIP.)

Stuart, D. (2012). Taking stage theory seriously: Implications for study abroad. In Vande Berg, M., Paige, M., and Lou, K. Student learning abroad: What our students are learning, what they’re not, and what we can do about it (61-89). Sterling, VA: Stylus.


The Forum on Education Abroad. Annotated bibliography of books and articles, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Annotated assessment and evaluation bibliography.

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Wide array of resources for outcomes assessment in higher education.

National Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). Comprehensive list of publications, websites, student affairs websites focusing on outcomes assessment.

North Carolina State University. An extensive list of Internet resources on outcomes assessment in higher education.

While many global initiatives may take place abroad, much can be done on campus to internationalize curricula, by examining degree programs, syllabi, and course assignments/activities.


Green, M., & Shoenberg, R. (2006). Where faculty live: Internationalizing the disciplines. Washington, DC: American Council on Education.

Schuerholz-Lehr, S., Caws, C., Geraldine Van Gyn, & Preece, A. (2007). Internationalizing the higher education curriculum: An emerging model for transforming faculty perspectives. The Canadian Journal of Higher Education (2007): 67-94.

Leask, B. (2001). Bridging the gap: Internationalizing university curricula. Journal of Studies in International Education, vol. 5 no. 2, 100-115.


American Council on Education (ACE). Quick links, upcoming events, internationalization toolkit and other valuable resources.

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU): global learning resources including initiatives, publications, meetings and institutes.

National Endowment for the Humanities. Summer Institutes And Seminars for faculty to enrich and internationalize their curriculum

NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Resources for curriculum integration across a variety of disciplines.

Conferences & Meetings:

Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Annual Meeting

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting

American Council on Education (ACE) Annual Meeting

CIEE Annual Conference

Forum on Education Abroad Annual Conference

NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference

National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE)

Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research (SIETAR) - USA Conference

Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement (WISE)

One of the primary goals for global activities, both on campus and abroad, is for students to become more interculturally competent. This skill aids them in adapting to new environments and communicating effectively with a wide array of people, something that is valued by future employers and graduate schools.

In spring 2016 BC will host the Boston Intercultural Skills Conference (BISC), a one-day conference for faculty members and administrators on best practices for promoting intercultural skill development in short-term study abroad programs.


Deardorff, D. (Ed.). (2009). The SAGE handbook of intercultural competence. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Lewin, R. (Ed.). (2009). The handbook of practice and research in study abroad: Higher education and the quest for global citizenship. New York: Routledge.

Molinsky, A. (2013). Global dexterity: How to adapt your behavior across cultures without losing yourself in the process. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press.

Peterson, B. (2004). Cultural intelligence: A guide to working with people from other cultures. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.


Better Abroad Resource List

Cultural Dimensions: The Hofstede Centre

Intercultural Competence Tool Kit: University of Washington

Resources on Facilitating Intercultural Learning and Global Competence

What's Up with Culture?: University of the Pacific

Center for International Higher Education. Housed within the Lynch School of Education, the CIHE’s mission is to advance knowledge about the complex realities of higher education in the contemporary world.

Center for Teaching Excellence. Located in O'Neill Library 250. Supports best and innovative practices in teaching by faculty and graduate students.

Core Curriculum. The Core Curriculum site includes a variety of innovative courses, which fulfill BC’s undergraduate core curriculum and in many cases are global in nature.

Office of International Students and Scholars. Located at 72 College Rd. Provides services advice, programs and services for international students, faculty, and research scholars.

Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center. Located in Maloney Hall, Suite 455. Supports the undergraduate community, with a particular focus on AHANA, multiracial, and OTE students in navigating college life.