IEREST Symposium in Durham

IEREST Symposium
Developing intercultural understanding for study abroad

09.00-17.00, Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, Durham University, Mill Hill Lane, Durham, DH1 3LH

The symposium
The symposium showcased the pathways and associated materials designed by the IEREST team to develop intercultural understanding, awareness, and interaction in study abroad students, that is, on the teaching and learning of intercultural experience. The project objectives, methods, and materials were presented to a range of audiences (e.g., HEIs, International Offices, policy developers, researchers and academics, teachers, intercultural trainers, students, national/local stakeholders). An important part of the symposium included participant experiences of and feedback on the materials as a means to enrich study abroad experience.

- Scholars/researchers/teachers interested in study abroad experience;
- People from international offices in HEIs, other educational institutions, secondary schools, private education providers;
- EU National Agency representatives;
- Organisations who support study abroad programmes;
- Chambers of Commerce
- Anyone intersted

Programme (download the programme HERE).

8.30:   Arrival and Registration
9.00:   Greetings
             Prue Holmes, Durham University
             Tim Clark, vice-PVC Education, Durham University
             Ana Beaven, University of Bologna

9.15:   The IEREST project: Looking to the future
             Claudia Borghetti, University of Bologna
9.45:   An overview of the IEREST teaching materials
             Prue Holmes, Durham University
10.15: Morning tea
10.30: Breakout sessions: Activities from the while abroad module
             Workshop 1: Intercultural geography
             John Osborne, University of Savoy, Chambéry
             Neva Čebron, University of Primorska

             Workshop 2: Experiencing (interculturality through) volunteering
             Basil Vassilicos, University of Leuven
             Irina Golubeva, AEDE-Hungary

             Workshop 3: 24h Erasmus life
             Luisa Bavieri, University of Bologna
             Lucia Livatino, University of Bologna

12.00: Reflections on the activities from each workshop
             Ana Beaven, University of Bologna
13.00: Lunch
14.00: Graduate Attributes & A Global Outlook: Embedding a curriculum for intercultural living
             David Killick, Leeds Beckett University
14.30: Keynote. Cultural travel: the experience we bring with us to engage creatively with the new
             Adrian Holliday, Canterbury Christchurch University
15.30: Afternoon tea
16.30: Roundtable “Taking stock: Why intercultural learning for study abroad?”
             Facilitator: Prue Holmes, Durham University
             Speakers: Lut Baten (University of Leuven), Miguel Gallardo (AEGEE-Europe), Adrian Holliday (Canterbury
             Christchurch University), David Killick (Leeds Beckett University), Fiona O’Carroll (Durham University),
             John Osborne (University of Savoy, Chambéry), AIESEC representative (Durham University).