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Continuity and Change of Internationalisation during the Pandemic

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This paper explores how the online classroom affected processes of internationalisation during the pandemic. Based on 17 qualitative interviews with staff and international students conducted at Danish higher education institutions during the autumn 2020, we ask how the international classroom was shaped and what the nature of the international student experience was during the pandemic. Faced with the insecurity and restrictions on mobility caused by the pandemic, Danish higher education made a dramatic shift to online and/or blended learning. This meant that the taken for granted learning and socialising spaces at campus suddenly were moved to online spaces involving a particular combination of proximity and distance, being at two places at once. For a large number of international students, the aspect of relating to new people and places is a substantial purpose of studying abroad. The students voiced their frustration and distress with the new situation. For some, it was because they had disrupted their stay in Denmark and returned to their home country, others were frustrated by the cancelled activities at and beyond campus. By listening to student and staff experiences of internationalisation during the pandemic, we are offered a lens to understanding how new forms of internationalisation at a distance may affect the wider outcomes of internationalisation. We propose that in order to develop a richer understanding of processes of internationalisation, we need to expand what we consider the space of internationalisation by including non-academic activities that go beyond the classroom and the campus.
TidsskriftJournal of International Mobility
Sider (fra-til)15-34
Antal sider20
StatusUdgivet - 2023


  • internationalisation, international students, higher education, Denmark, pandemic, Covid 19

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