The impact of international mobility of students to develop their national identity (the experience of Australia, Canada, USA)

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


2015, Vol. 1. №1(1)

The impact of international mobility of students to develop their national identity (the experience of Australia, Canada, USA)

About the author:

Tatyana L. Oskolova,
Post-graduate Student, Academic Department of Methodology and Theory of Social and Pedagogical Research, Institute of Psychology and Pedagogics, Tyumen State University


The topicality of this article is due to the problem of impact of international student mobility on a comprehensive development of university students’ identity. The purpose of the article is to analyze cultural exchange projects in terms of their impact on historical memory, family history, the feeling of belonging to one`s motherland, respect for cultural and historical heritage of people, their sense of belonging to national community, sense of the self and awareness of their stereotypes and prejudices. The author examines in detail formation of cognitive and affective components of national identity in university learning environment, as well as the impact of higher education internationalization on the main aspects of national identity (national, or civil and international, or global). According to the two major international projects of training students abroad and cultural students exchange the author comes to conclusion that: 1) internationalization is a factor that affects all aspects of national identity; 2) it is necessary to balance development of national and international or global aspects of national identity; 3) special cultural orientation course is required for participants of international projects to benefit from the project; 4) an additional assessment of national identity of students who participate in international projects is required before the project beginning and at the end of the project.


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