Publications and Readings

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Publications and Readings

International Education Week

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Intercultural Understanding

Uncommon Journeys-Peace Corps Adventures across CulturesOpens in new window

Grade levels 6 –12. Uncommon Journeys offers 11 essays by returned Peace Corps Volunteers, providing readers an insider's grasp of what it's like to serve as a Volunteer, including the challenges, the rewards, the humor, and, most important, lessons about life in other cultures. Lesson plans are included.


Trends & InsightsOpens in new window

Authored by respected leaders in the field, these short columns highlight social, economic, political and higher education system trends affecting international higher education. In each column, authors offer their insights regarding impact these trends may have. NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Comprehensive Internationalization: From Concept to ActionOpens in new window

This publication presents a thorough introduction to the emerging imperative of a broader scope and scale of internationalization. Beyond "campus internationalization," comprehensive internationalization can be the organizing paradigm for institutions as a whole, academic departments, or professional programs. NAFSA: Association of International Educators, January 09, 2011.

Leading Comprehensive Internationalization: Strategy and Tactics for ActionOpens in new window

This publication presents a flexible leadership framework for the what, why, and how of both strategy and action for comprehensive internationalization. NAFSA: Association of International Educators, September 13, 2012.

Measuring and Assessing InternationalizationOpens in new window

A NAFSA publication that explores evaluating institutional performance and student international earning outcomes.

Other Resources

Asia SocietyOpens in new window

Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.

China Business Etiquette, Culture, & MannersOpens in new window

An introduction to Chinese culture with links to other cultural and statistical facts.

National Institute for Dispute Resolution

A national center of expertise, resources, and technical assistance on consensus building and conflict resolution. NIDR helps both providers and consumers of these services deepen their respective capacities to use consensus building and conflict resolution tools effectively. NIDR's Collaborative Communities Program focuses on helping communities use these powerful tools in pursuit of sustainability.

Working on Common Cross-cultural Communication ChallengesOpens in new window

Marcelle E. DuPraw is Program Director at the National Institute for Dispute Resolution in Washington, DC. (See Resources for information about NIDR)

Confucius Institute/ClassroomOpens in new window

The Confucius Institutes' development has been sharp and they have provided scope for people all over the world to learn about Chinese language and culture. In addition they have become a platform for cultural exchanges between China and the world as well as a bridge reinforcing friendship and cooperation between China and the rest of the world and are much welcomed across the globe. Confucius Institutes/Classrooms adopt flexible teaching patterns and adapt to suit local conditions when teaching Chinese language and promoting culture in foreign primary schools, secondary schools, communities and enterprises.

CIA's World Factbook: ChinaOpens in new window

A Brief Introduction to Chinese History and CultureOpens in new window

Chinese History from the official websiteOpens in new window

A Brief History of ChinaOpens in new window

A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese CivilizationOpens in new window

Introduction to China's Modern HistoryOpens in new window

The Chinese Political System and the Communist PartyOpens in new window

Chinese Etiquette TipsOpens in new window

Ying Yu Tang: A Chinese HomeOpens in new window

Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house, was brought to America and reassembled at the Peabody Essex Museum. Explore the house.

Chinese Business Culture: Golden Hints for Doing Business in ChinaOpens in new window

BBC: How China Is RuledOpens in new window

A brief introduction to China's unique political system.