Fostering Successful Integration and Engagement

Special Issue on Fostering Successful Integration and Engagement Between Domestic and International Students on College and University Campuses

Call for Contributions

The Journal of International Students is seeking manuscripts that examine the potential to foster successful integration and engagement between domestic and international students as well as the host community in higher education institutions. Instead of assuming that international students must adjust, assimilate, or acculturate into the dominant culture of campus life, this special issue welcomes contributions that explore progressive policies and practices that encourage international students and host nationals to meaningfully engage with each other as equals in a spirit of mutuality both within the classroom and beyond. By shifting the focus from “adjustment” to “mutual engagement,” the contributions to this special issue may consider a range of questions, such as: What are the conditions of possibility for fostering meaningful cross-cultural interactions between domestic and international students? What social theories of education might provide more useful ways of theorizing cross-cultural encounters? What policies and practices are most effective in promoting mutual engagement to enhance academic and social learning for both domestic and international students? The aim of this special issue is to showcase innovative educational research and professional practices to help foster successful cross-cultural learning in an increasingly globalized world.

Potential topics included

  • Social theories of international student engagement and integration
  • Institutional strategies to foster meaningful cross-cultural interactions
  • Role of support services in promoting mutual engagement
  • International clubs, student associations, and multicultural centers
  • Non-institutional forms of social connectivity between domestic and international students
  • Autobiographical narratives of the development of cross-cultural friendships

Co-editors of this special issue: