Supporting international students

Please see below links to useful resources on supporting international students taken from the Inclusive Practice Teaching Essentials Toolkit produced by Sheffield Hallam University’s International Experience Team

Supporting International Students: guides and resources

The following draws together a series of practical guides and resources developed by institutions and projects within the Higher Education sector focusing specifically on international students.

Internationalisation Pages – The Higher Education Academy (HEA)

The Higher Education Academy has a range of resources related to internationalisation. These focus both on the teaching of international students and the development of a curriculum which reflects an international and culturally connected global society and prepares graduates to work and contribute responsibly.

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Engaging Home and International Students: A Guide for New Lecturers – HEA

This is an excellent guide that values the diversity that mixed groups of home and international students, and staff, bring to Higher Education, it seeks to promote teaching where all students can participate and learn effectively. The guide is a useful resource for those who want to: use approaches to teaching and learning that embrace cultural diversity; learn techniques for engaging all students in a range of contexts; explore their own assumptions and relate them to their teaching practices. There are practical suggestions for: cross cultural activities; responding to students’ language needs; lecturing; managing group work; and engaging students in feedback.

Scudamore, Rachel (2013) Engaging home and international students: a guide for new lecturers, HEA, York –

Framework for Internationalising Higher Education – HEA

This framework has been designed by the HEA to support the promotion of a high quality, equitable and global learning experience for students and help prepare graduates to live in and contribute responsibly to a globally interconnected society. This framework is complemented by an Internationalising higher education toolkit which offers tools for reflection and planning to help embed the framework into policy and practice. The toolkit also contains a collation of HEA resources through the lens of the following discipline clusters:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Health and Social Care
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM

Framework for internationalising higher education (2015) – HEA – Internationalising higher education toolkit – HEA –

Assuring quality for international students studying in the UK guide – Quality Assurance Agency

The guide focuses on how higher education providers can assure and enhance the quality of the learning experience for international students studying in the UK. It is intended to be of practical help to all staff with responsibility for international students or who engage with them.

Assuring Quality for International Students Studying in the UK: A Guide for UK Higher Education Providers (2014) –

Inclusive Teaching with International Students – Plymouth University

Plymouth University has a staff development resource which explores inclusive ways to teach, support and engage international students in the classroom. This includes videos and two short guides from their 7 Steps Series: 7 Steps to: Adopting Culturally Inclusive Teaching Practices and 7 Steps to: Internationalising Teaching and Learning.

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Ten Tips for Teaching International Students – HEA

These ten tips provide a quick reference point for staff who are teaching courses or modules to groups containing international students.

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Motivating International Students – A practical guide to aspects of learning and teaching – The Economics Network

An extensive practical guide.

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Improving international students’ experience of studying in the UK – The Economics Network

This case study explores some of the key issues identified in a qualitative research project looking at the international student’s experience in a post-92 London university. The research focused on the international student experiences in the classroom and how international students adapt to a different educational system, academically, culturally and socially.

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A Guide to Teaching International Students (2015) – University of Bedford

The University of Bedford’s guide gives an insight into teaching international students with a view to improving the learning experience for all. It provides practical advice and ideas, focussed on real issues and scenarios that tutors and teachers can face in the classroom and gives ideas for tackling them.

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SHU Teaching Essentials – Internationalisation Toolkit

This Teaching Essentials Toolkit provides additional resources to support the internationalisation of the curriculum.

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Policy and Guidelines for inclusive practice in learning and teaching – SHU Library’s Learning and Teaching Support Team

Please find attached Sheffield Hallam University Library’s Learning and Teaching Support Team’s policy and guidelines on inclusive practice in learning and teaching and a presentation on Inclusivity in Teaching Practice.