A Holistic View of International Student Support

Martin Selby

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Too often, the concepts of culture and identity on campus are approached in far too simplistic a manner. The ‘billiard ball’ conceptualisation of cultures – as self-enclosed national entities clashing against each other – has an adverse impact on international students, who are too often perceived to be lacking in relation to the host culture rather than having a rich identity of their own. As a practitioner-researcher specialising in student mobility, I’ve been struck by the recent emergence of a more realistic and critical understanding of international students among academics, but so far this has not been disseminated effectively to practitioners. In this blog post, I will provide a snapshot of some promising developments in perspectives on international students, and some implications for practice.
Original languageEnglish
TypeBlog Published by European Association of International Education
Media of outputOnline
PublisherEuropean Association for International Education
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2020


  • international students
  • culture
  • nationality
  • skills
  • adaptation
  • Performativity


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