What is curriculum integration?

When the term "curriculum integration" is used by international education professionals, it refers to making our work more than an add-on to a college education, and making 'international' something that is integrated into the college curricular experience. Curriculum integration is implemented in many different forms such as:

  • Developing study abroad programs that teach required major courses
  • Cultivating a pedagogy in some or all disciplines that emphasizes international learning outcomes
  • Altering degree requirements to include international learning outcomes
  • Creating minors or certificates with requirements for international knowledge, skills, and/or experiences

What are some keys to success used by other institutions and organizations?

  • Make international curriculum integration part of departmental /college-wide plans (not just part of larger institution and organization-wide strategic plans).
  • Engage provost, deans, and department chairs.
  • Recruit key faculty in as many disciplines as possible from the start (not just humanities and social science faculty). Choose faculty who are involved with undergraduate education if undergraduates are the target.
  • Campus-wide initiatives must have flexibility across disciplines - e.g. , science vs. humanities vs. engineering/computing
  • Make friends on the campus-wide curriculum committee.
  • Plan to integrate programs or initiatives into the regular operations of academic departments and into the international office. Curriculum integration is not owned solely by a centralized international office, but is instead a collaboration between academic departments (faculty, advisers, administration) and offices.
  • Develop desired outcomes as well as goals for the campus/organization and/or for each department. Plan assessment based on the learning outcomes that is sustainable.


Amy HenryAmy Henry, Georgia Institute of Technology
Amy Henry is the Executive Director of International Education at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a position she began in July 2008 following 14 years of work with study abroad students and programs. She has degrees from the College of William and Mary and Georgia Tech. She has served in various advisory and leadership roles in international education including NAFSA: Association of International Educators' Network Leader, Chair of the Business International Studies Network, and Executive Committee of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Consortium. She has extensive experience with curriculum integration in study abroad as well as with Georgia Techss broader curriculum integration initiative, the "International Plan."

Joe HoffJoe Hoff, University of Richmond
Joseph Hoff is the Associate Dean of International Education at the University of Richmond. He has a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota and has an M.A. in International Administration from the School for International Training and an M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University. He has over 20 years experience in the international education field, previously working as Director of the International Degree and Education Abroad office at Oregon State University, Assistant Director of the Office of International Programs at Brown University. In addition to having studied abroad in Spain, he taught English on the Japan Exchange and Teaching program in Shizuoka, Japan and completed an internship in Lugano, Switzerland.

Gabriele Weber-BosleGabriele Weber-Bosley, Bellarmine University
Gabriele Weber-Bosley is Director of International Programs and Associate Professor of Global Languages and Cultures at Bellarmine University. She received her graduate and post graduate degrees in foreign language education/ESL and German Studies from the University of Paderborn and the University of Louisville. Her research interests include twentieth-century German women's literature, foreign language acquisition, curricular development, and intercultural education. She designed and implemented Bellarmine's trans-curricular Foreign Languages and International Studies degree in 1998, a minor in International Studies in 2006, and has lead a variety of campus-wide curricular initiatives. She is the founding chair of the Global Languages and Cultures Department which she chaired from 1998 to 2008, as well as the founding Director of Bellarmine's International Programs Office, and has served in that capacity since 1995. Gabriele is the recipient of several regional and national awards, has assisted the university in securing over $6 million in grant funding, has published on the topic of intercultural education, is a regular presenter at conferences in the U.S. and abroad, and currently serves on numerous boards at local, state, national and international levels.