Lecturers' experiences of participating in an international exchange

Nurse Educ Today. 2011 Aug;31(6):541-6. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2010.10.018. Epub 2010 Nov 5.


Globalization is a trend in higher education and is judged to be essential to quality; however, there is a lack of publications on the outcome of lecturers' exchange. The aim of this study was to describe lecturers' experiences of participating in an international exchange. Twenty-six lecturers who had taken part in an exchange were invited to participate through writing a narrative. Data was analyzed with a qualitative method, and five categories emerged: Preparation and timing, challenges in teaching, demanding but worthwhile, broadening perspective and expanding network. The overall result showed that participating lecturers judged their international exchange to be a positive experience that had resulted in personal as well as professional development. However, a successful exchange requires planning, support and an open mind from all involved lecturers and institutions.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Africa
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Education, Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Faculty, Nursing* / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • International Educational Exchange*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Qualitative Research
  • Sweden