{CfP} International Student Journeys

Please share this widely with current and past international students – thanks so much!
Darla Deardorff, Duke University

Do you know an international student with a story to share? Share this opportunity with them.

  • Developing Intercultural Competence: International Students’ Journeys Lily A. Arasaratnam-Smith & Darla K. Deardorff. Routledge Studies in Global Student Mobility book series [Krishna Bista and Chris R. Glass (Series Editors)]


You are invited to contribute narratives of international students’ journeys. The narrative should be your own, written in first person. Please use a narrative, story-telling style of writing. As the stories are real-life accounts, no citations are expected. You need to be 18 years or older in order to contribute.

Please choose one for the narrative:

A memorable experience you have had with a person(s) who is different from you (age, religion, culture, nationality, etc.) AND what you learned about yourself as well as what you learned about the other person(s) in that experience.

A challenging interaction or cultural misunderstanding you have had with a person(s) from a different background AND what you learned from this interaction

A time when you realised you believed in a stereotype (about a group you are part of OR a group that you are not part of) that was not true – and what happened

A time when you felt supported by people or a group, and the types of things that they did to support you as an international student.

Submissions should be a Word document, named precisely in the following way: ICCProjectResponse_LastNameFirstName

The document should include:

Your name

Your current institution’s name

Location of institution (city/country)

Your country of origin

The country where your story occurred

Your ethnic/cultural background

Your narrative (max. 800 words total):

Brief context of the story (where/when)

Events of the story (what)

Lessons/insights learnt (why/how)

Reflections what you can do differently in future based on what you have learnt (what’s next)

Please send all submissions to iccproject@ac.edu.au by 11 December 2020. Contributors will be notified of outcome by end of March 2021.

Dr. Darla K. Deardorff

Research Fellow (Social Science Research Institute)

Duke University