Celebrating Dr Krishna Bista & the Journal of International Students

September 2, 2020

This year, the Journal of International Students celebrates its 10th anniversary, and an inspiring story of ambition, passion and extraordinary commitment from Dr Krishna Bista. Krishna has been instrumental, not only to the Journal, but also to the Internationalisation of Higher Education webinar, and everyone who has known or worked with him. His continuing invaluable support and always positive, meaningful and thought-provoking contributions to the webinar have shaped its work, enriched its content, and stimulated its audience.

Here is a video describing the story of Dr Krishna Bista and the Journal of International Students , narrated by Dr Shyam Sharma who has also been a key and influential panelist on the Internationalisation of Higher Education webinar. Thank you, both!


You can connect with the Journal of International Students on Twitter @jistudents, and on Facebook

Webinar 2019 – September 4th!

August 6, 2019

A big thanks to everyone who made Webinar 2019 ‘What does an internationalised curriculum look like?’ another big success. I hope our viewers found the event informative and enjoyable!

A recording of the the webinar is now available on the Webinar 2019 page.

Please let me know if you have any comments or questions, or if you would like to take part in future webinars.

See you all again soon.


Globally Connected Teaching and Learning webinar

April 29, 2019

Webinar Topic: Globally Connected Teaching and Learning

Webinar Description:

Have you heard of virtual exchange? Collaborative Online International Learning? Online Intercultural Exchange?  All of these (and more) are variations on an evolving pedagogy that takes advantage of robust, reliable, and ever-more-ubiquitous technologies to connect students from disparate cultures for collaborative learning experiences.  Our panelists represent a wide range of practice and implementation of Globally Connected Teaching and Learning (GTCL), from turnkey operations with proprietary platforms to do-it-yourself, grassroots, faculty-developed projects.  We invite you to join us to hear about the many ways GCTL is bringing students and youth together across cultures.

Webinar Panelists:

Webinar Access:

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Time: 1 PM US Eastern Time (UTC -4)

Access: http://bit.ly/STAR-Webinar7

Cost: None

Registration: Link



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Study Abroad and International Students SIG

This SIG seeks to create a professional network of researchers and practitioners working to understand the issues and challenges as well as share the best practices related to international student mobility in education, study abroad, and exchange programs globally. The mission of this SIG is to promote interdisciplinary scholarship opportunities and critical dialogues by connecting professionals and academics who are involved in serving the international student population. More information at  https://jistudents.org/sig-committee/



STAR Scholars Network

STAR is a transnational forum of scholars advancing global social mobility through innovative research and progressive advocacy efforts. Our mission is to create and share publish scholarly research focused on international education by facilitating academic exchange across the globe. We envision a humane world through promotion and exchange of knowledge across borders. More information at https://starscholars.org/


Journal of International Students

An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed publication, the Journal of International Students is a professional venue that publishes theoretical and empirically-based research articles, narrative essays especially on study-abroad /international student experience, book reviews, and reflective writing about international education. More information at https://jistudents.org/

Webinar 2018

May 24, 2018

Thank you to all participants and viewers who joined webinar 2018 on Monday 2nd July 2018 with the theme: Internationalisation, the curriculum, and academic support

And thank you to BERA (British Educational Research Association) for supporting this event.

A recording of the webinar is now available on Webinar 2018 page.


Education: A Global Perspective: International Conference

March 16, 2017

Hi everyone

Please find below details of a BERA SIG conference Education: A Global Perspective: International Conference, taking place 22 June -23 June 2017 at the University of Worcester.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone interested.

BERA SIG Conference flyer – June 2017

Webinar 17th Nov, Journal of International Students

November 16, 2016

Webinar 3 in the webinar series organised by the Journal of International Students (https://jistudents.org/webinar-series/) takes place tomorrow:

Thursday November 17th, 2016
2pm CST/8pm GMT.

We will be talking about Academic services, best practices, and gaps.
Join in here.

Looking forward to the conversation!

Webinar series: Journal of International Students

October 24, 2016

We are back! The internationalisation webinar took a long break, but what is better than coming back to such stimulating events as the Webinar Series of the Journal of International Students? Do join the very interesting thought-provoking discussions here:



Seminar 2015 – 30 September 2015

October 27, 2014

You can watch this event on Wedbinar 2015 page.

The Internationalisation Webinar is back! The theme this year is Internationalisation and Change.

Topics for presentations and discussion this year are:

  • Internationalisation of the Curriculum: a ‘Wicked’ Problem? (Dr Sheila Trahar, Reader in International Higher Education, University of Bristol)
  • Internationalisation and Development – Has the internationalisation of UK HE been driven primarily  to sustain UK HE as a globally marketable product? Or have universities adopted intentional approaches that seek to address transnational inequality and justice? (Elizabeth Rider-Grant, Senior Lecturer Work-Based & Placement Learning, Buckinghamshire New University)
  • Internationalisation, where are you?: Reflections on experiences and observations regarding the progression of views and practice on internationalisation in the UK University sector (Dr Margarida Dolan, Advisor to the Economics Network)
  • Moving towards transformative Intercultural learning: understanding the home student experience of Internationalisation (Caroline Burns, Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes and Spanish, University of Northumbria)

The online discussion will begin at 14:00 (UT+1) on Wednesday 30th September 2015.

If you are interested in participating, or you have any thoughts regarding the theme you’d like to share, please leave a comment here or email me directly.

Hope to see you all soon!


The event is free, and is kindly supported by the British Educational Research Association (BERA)

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Seminar 2013 – Registration Open

July 3, 2013

Dear all

Hope everyone has had a good year and your endeavours in the past year have been successful!

The Internationalisation Seminar 2013 is upgrading to Internationalisation Webinar 2013! The main theme this year is Internationalisation at Home: inclusion and diversity, or a policy issue.

If you are new to webinars, the choice is a way to provide more opportunities to participate from the comfort of your desks and without the hassle of having to be physically there. The presentations will be delivered online and you will have the opportunity to interact using voice, video, or text options.

The discussion aims to  contribute to the on-going debate on internationalisation at home (IaH). It will revolve around how IaH  is interpreted by participants from the point of view of their interests, beliefs, experience or roles. To facilitate the discussion, I would like to propose as a starting point the following:

“the two pillars on which the concept of IaH rested from the beginning: an understanding of internationalisation that went beyond mobility and a strong emphasis on the teaching and learning in a culturally diverse setting.”
(Wächter, 2003:5)*

The discussion will be open to a wide range of areas and issues including research in the area of internationalisation at home, institutional policy, support and advice, teaching all students or international students more specifically, pedagogical issues, foreign languages, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), intercultural communication, information and communication technology (ICT), curriculum design, and any other issue related to this topic.

The Webinar will take place on Monday 23rd September 2013 from 10:00am UK time.  This event is free but registration is required and is now open. More information about the programme will be published nearer the time.

If you are interested in participating, or would like to present or lead the discussion on any issue related to the seminar theme, please email me by end of Thursday, August 15th 2013.

If you have any questions, also please do not hesitate to contact me.

With all my best wishes and hope to ‘see’ as many of you as possible in the webinar!


*Wächter, B. (2003) An Introduction: Internationalisation at Home in Context. Journal of Studies in International Education, Vol. 7 No. 1, Spring 2003 5-11

International students negotiationg higher education – A new book

November 22, 2012

A new book entitled:
International Students Negotiating Higher Education: Critical Perspectives
Edited by Silvia Sovic and Margo Blythman
Published by Routledge
is now out and available to buy online (http://www.amazon.co.uk/International-Students-Negotiating-Higher-Education/dp/0415614708/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353586470&sr=1-1)

In the current economic climate, more than ever, international students provide an important income to universities. They represent much-needed funds for many institutions, but they also come with their own diverse variety of characteristics and requirements.

This insightful book offers a critical stance on contemporary views of international students and challenges the way those involved address the important issues at hand. To do this, the authors focus specifically on giving voice to the student experience. In particular, the authors show how international student experience can be a ready asset from which to glean valuable information, particularly in relation to teaching and learning, academic support and the formal and informal curriculum. In this way, the issues affecting international students can be seen as part of the larger set of difficulties that face all students at university today.”

Many congratulations to the editors, Silvia Sovic and Margo Blythman, and to all contributing authors.