Internationalisation, intercultural communication and intercultural competence

Jonas Stier (1)
(1) School of Social Science, Mälardalen University Högskoleplan 1 P.O. Box 883 SE-721 23 Västerås Sweden , Sweden


This article assumes that the internationalization of higher education demands more elaborate pedagogical approaches to utilise the experiences of multiethnic student groups and to facilitate every student’s acquisition of intercultural competencies. Drawing from three internationalisation ideologies embedded in the educational discourse, it is argued that intercultural communication – as a field of study or a discipline – can play a key role in this endeavour. Twelve fields of consideration, when international educators work with students, are also identified.

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Jonas Stier , School of Social Science, Mälardalen University Högskoleplan 1 P.O. Box 883 SE-721 23 Västerås Sweden

Jonas Stier is associate professor of sociology at the School of Social Sciences at Mälar-dalen University in Sweden where he teaches sociology, intercultural studies and intercultural communication. His primary research areas are intercultural interaction, interculturality, identity and the internationalization of higher education.

Stier , J. (2006). Internationalisation, intercultural communication and intercultural competence. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 6(1), 1–06.

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