Papers from Moving Beyond Mobility Conference, Berlin 2008

Defining, measuring, and facilitating intercultural learning: a conceptual introduction to the Intercultural Education double supplement

Milton J. Bennett
Intercultural Development Research Institute


If you do not already think so, the papers in this volume will convince you that study abroad has changed. At the university level, it has transcended its history as a ‘grand tour’ for the leisure class and the more plebian ‘junior year abroad’. Now university study abroad encompasses massive mobility of students among European Union universities and to and from the US and other countries through a myriad school-based and consortia-based programs. At the secondary (high school) level, the traditional AFS Intercultural Programs year in the US or Europe has been expanded by AFS and other organizations to include shorter programs to and from a broader range of countries. Added to the change in format and destination are educational foci that go well beyond traditional study to include internships, service learning and other learning opportunities.

Defining, measuring, and facilitating intercultural learning


Milton J. Bennett