Internationalisation at Home

Higher education internationalisation is more than mobility – if universities are to become truly ‘international’, they have to start ‘at home’. This is the motto of Developing Innovative Approaches and Tools for Internationalisation at Home (ATIAH for short), an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership between three leading European universities: Newcastle University (UK), KU Leuven (Belgium) and Università di Bologna (Italy).


The prime aim of this project is to improve the relevance and quality of European higher education by developing tools for higher Education institutions wishing to review and improve Internationalisation at Home (IaH) practices. On doing so, the project addresses one of the Key Priority Areas of the European Commission’s Communication "European Higher Education in the World": ‘Promoting internationalisation at home and digital learning’ (COM/2013/499).

The consortium

This project brings together a consortium of three European higher education institutions, and 9 Researchers (see People), who have been identified for their research reputation, complementarity of skills and expertise, and commitment to "Internationalisation at Home". The consortium brings together interdisciplinary research perspectives from the fields of Education, Intercultural Communication, Modern Languages, and Engineering Technology.

Funding and Timeline

  • Funding programme: Erasmus+
  • Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices (Key Action 2)
  • Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for higher education
  • Project Reference: 2016-1-UK01-KA203-024354
  • Start and End dates: 01-09-2016 -  30-09-2018
  • Partners: Newcastle University (Coordinating institution), University of Bologna, KU Leuven
  • Principal Investigator: Prof. Sue Robson

Kick-off meeting in Newcastle

The first face-to-face project meeting took place at Newcastle University, on November 1-2 2016

Partner meeting in Bologna

The second face-to-face project meeting took place at the University of Bologna between June 7-9 2017

Partner meeting in Leuven

The third face-to-face meeting took place at KU Leuven on March 5-7 2018

Dissemination event in Newcastle

An ATIAH dissemination event took place at Newcastle University on April 17th 2018.

Multiplier event in Durham

The first multiplier event in England took place at the University of Durham on May 2nd 2018

Multiplier event in Leuven

The multiplier event in Belgium took place at University College Leuven-Limburg on May 17th 2018

Multiplier event in Antwerp

The second multiplier event in Belgium took place at the University College Antwerp on May 31st 2018

Multiplier event in Bologna

The multiplier event in Italy took place at the University of Bologna on June 29th 2018

Multiplier event in Bath

The second multiplier event in England took place at the University of Bath on July 3rd 2018

Project final conference

The project's final conference took place in Bolzano, Italy, on September 8th following the 2018 European Research Association Conference