Internationalisation is a key feature of the UK HE agenda. Students face unprecedented choice and the expectation of a global learning experience, wherever their place of study. Now extending far beyond attracting overseas students and delivering UK programmes abroad, internationalisation represents the preparation of all UK HE graduates to live in, and contribute responsibly to, a globally connected society.

Internationalisation is driven by several factors.

  • Increasingly diverse student populations with more students choosing to study UK degrees in the UK and overseas.
  • An increasingly diverse HE provision, with UK organisations exporting programmes through transnational education, ‘flying faculties’ and working with international partner organisations.
  • Increasingly high expectations from students and employers for HE providers to equip students with the skills to succeed in a global community.

The HEA is committed to promoting and enhancing the learning experience for all HE students studying UK programmes, irrespective of geographical location, home country or background.

Our approach is holistic, embracing the principles of inclusion and globalisation. We support and develop policies and practices that are informed by a broad global view. Our internationalisation framework provides a structure for successful strategy and practice. We have a unique collection of resources, research, reports and guidance documents to support HE providers.

The HEA brings together staff and students engaged in learning and teaching through events, resources and networks. We offer workshops, seminars and conferences and provide consultancy services to help develop and implement internationalisation strategies and associated practice.


Useful resources

- Internationalising higher education framework

- Going mobile: internationalisation, mobility and the EHEA

- Engaging home and international students: a guide for new lecturers

- Enhancing student learning and teaching development in transnational higher education