• Curriculum Theory and Pedagogy for Student Mobility: Research and Practice in International Higher Education

    Curriculum Theory and Pedagogy for Student Mobility – an edited collection of international research – seeks to examine how curriculum theory within different social, political, and cultural contexts can be actuated to advance equity and diversity, plus supportive and inclusive outcomes in international student education. A comprehensive volume, it contours a holistic interdisciplinary landscape of the field. The book draws upon both a broad range of curriculum-related theoretical frameworks and multiple perspectives to offer a diverse spectrum of examples about the many challenges and complexities involved in not only theorizing about, but doing the work of, educating international students in institutions of higher education. Additionally, the book provides a strong pedagogical framework for enhanced teaching practices, as well as new avenues for research in international student education. Drawing upon the expertise of contributors from varied backgrounds, identities, fields, and positionalities, the assembled chapters elucidate contemporary curriculum theory and its foundations and uses and analyzes its potential in international education. Equally, theoreticians and practitioners, both, offer valuable insights into conceptualizing, strategizing, and applying curriculum theory-driven research and proven practices for the advancement of the field of international student education.


    Lin Ge is a Ph.D. in Education, working as a Research Associate at the Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy, University of Regina, Canada. She also holds a teaching position focusing on bilingual literacy art at a Chinese university. E-mail:

    James Callaghan, Senior International Officer and Assistant Vice-President for International Education at Georgia College & State University (USA). His current research is in the semiotics of art and the origins, development, and influence of 13th-century Italian painting. Email:

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  • International Graduate and Doctoral Student Experience: Navigating Relationships, Resources, and Resilience

    This book offers a comprehensive examination of the experiences of international students as they navigate the complexities of studying and living in a foreign country while pursuing their graduate studies. It delves into the challenges faced by these students, including cultural differences, language barriers, and the impact of COVID-19, and provides insights into how these challenges can be overcome. Through a range of narratives and empirical studies, the book offers a deeper understanding of the socialization experiences of international graduate students, their advising relationships, career employability challenges, and their resilience in the face of adversity.

  • International Student Identities and Mental Well-Being

    This book strives to provide valuable insights on international students’ mental well-being based on research, promising practices, and practitioners’ experiences. The book is geared toward practitioners, faculty, counselors, and others working with international students at higher education institutions in the United States. In this book, we specifically focus on how various intersecting dimensions of international students’ identities shape their mental well-being and the support or resources they may need. By doing so, we hope to provide a more complex and nuanced picture of international students’ mental well-being to guide practice and inspire future research.


    Gudrun Nyunt is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University (USA).

    Katie Koo is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services at the University of Georgia (USA).

    Patty Witkowsky is an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (USA).

    Mindy Andino is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership at Bloomsburg University (USA).

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  • Faculty Engagement and Internationalization at Home in Iceland

    Cross-border physical mobility has dominated the discourse and practice of internationalization of higher education. Yet, global crises of climate change, sustainability, pandemics, and social equity, among others are challenging traditional mobility paradigms. Internationalization at Home (IaH) has been promoted as a way to increase international and intercultural education, and faculty members are central to achieving any success with this program. This collective case study at the University of Iceland examines faculty members’ engagement and practices of IaH.

    CASEY J. DINGER is the Executive Director for Internationalization at the University of Denver in the United States.

    Publisher: STAR Scholars, 2023 pp. 220

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  • International Student Employability: Narratives of Strengths, Challenges, and Strategies from Global South Students

    International Student Employability: Narratives of Strengths, Challenges, and Strategies from Global South Students examines how international undergraduate and graduate level students use their agency to make sense of what they are learning and how to apply that to employability in career pathways.

    This book shows that understanding employability from a range of perspectives is important because governments need graduates with skills ready for the labor market, higher educational institutions are measured by the number of graduates to have gainful employment upon graduation, and international students use study abroad to gain the skills and competencies needed for employability. The chapters critically examine several themes including how students use their capabilities to navigate host country national political policies that define and re-define work permits, visas, and immigration. This includes awareness of national and international employment patterns, wicked problems from globalization, demands of changing labor markets, and adaptability for transversal job sectors. Finally, and of most importance is that the chapters use the lens of diverse student groups, including undergraduates, graduate, and doctoral students, international and domestic students, students who study in different HEI sectors (aka, TVET Colleges and universities), and in different academic programs, (aka STEAM, nursing, and humanities), and different geographies of where students come from and where they study. Such diversification showcases those experiences and relevance to employability are fundamentally different. 

    About the Editors

    Rosalind Latiner Raby, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at California State University, Northridge in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department of the College of Education.

    Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh, Ph.D., a Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University, Melbourne in the Department of Management, Sport and Tourism.

    Krishna Bista, Ed.D., is a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy at Morgan State University, Maryland.

    Publisher: Springer

  • Institutional Commitment to Global Engagement

    This book is a testimony of Spelman College’s commitment to global citizenship, documenting cross-cultural and international experiences and reflections of domestic students who studied abroad, international students’ experiences, Alumnae who studied abroad or have lived abroad and faculty and staff who have lived abroad or led students abroad. This book distinctively reveals life stories of global engagements that no one else could tell but the contributors who bring life experiences through their international visits. Through a well-curated and engaging collection of narrative stories, this book captures the richness that comes from crossing boundaries, understanding cultural differences, and embracing the knowledge that comes from encounters with disparate perspectives.


    ‘Dimeji R. Togunde, Ph.D. Vice Provost for Global Education & Professor of International Studies, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

    Krishna Bista, Ed.D. Professor of Higher Education, Morgan State University, Maryland, USA

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  • Cross-Cultural Narratives: Real Stories and Lived Experiences of Global Scholars

    This book provides an essential forum—giving primary voice to a group not often heard—for international students to share their unique experiences, trials, triumphs, and paths of acculturation in US higher education. In their own words and experiences, they detail how their world touches our American campus communities and academic settings. Filled with pathos, their narratives are steeped in angst and triumph, disappointment and humor, and loss and eventual victory. Selected international student narratives for this book bring a non-western perspective that allows for anyone involved in US higher education to gain increased insights into how we serve our students.  This work contains 28 narratives written by international students and scholars from around the world.  This book is a unique resource for faculty, students, and administrators interested in learning more about the lived experiences of international students and scholars.


    Krishna Bista, EdD, is a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy at Morgan State University School of Education and Urban Studies, Maryland.

    Gregory F. Malveaux, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of English and Literature and is the College-wide Coordinator of Study Abroad and International Education at Montgomery College, Maryland.

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  • Young Readers Series

    Discover the "Young Readers" book series, a captivating collection tailored for young and emerging readers in schools. This diverse range of genres, themes, and reading levels is designed to inspire a love for reading and learning while nurturing literacy skills. Each book features age-appropriate language, relatable characters, and vibrant illustrations, ensuring an engaging experience for every child. Explore the "Young Readers" series and help children embark on thrilling adventures while fostering a lifelong love for reading.

  • Shaping a Humane World Through Global Higher Education: Pre-Challenges and Post-Opportunities During a Pandemic

    In this book, each author reflects on events since the conference that occurred during the writing of this book and shares their vision of what still needs to be addressed to advance issues of higher education leadership, training, student development, disability education, and relevant programming in countries around the world. Within these discussions are targeted discussions on how to address some of the critical issues of our time, including a focus on access, diversity, and inclusion as elements intended to frame a just and fair Humane World. The authors represent five countries: Australia, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, and the United States. Their voices represent issues important in both the Global North and the Global South and what in particular is needed to design essential policies and training required to achieve success. 

    by Edward J. Valeau (Editor), Rosalind L. Raby (Editor), Uttam Gaulee (Editor), Stewart Sutin (Preface)

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  • Developing Intercultural Competence in Higher Education

    Developing Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: International Students’ Stories and Self-Reflection presents students’ reflections on their intercultural student experiences, and utilizing the UNESCO Story Circle methodology, illustrates how such reflection can aid the development of intercultural competence (IC). The volume features a broad range of first-person narratives that showcase the diversity of student experience encountered whilst studying abroad in a variety of cultural and institutional settings. Engaging with issues in relation to identity negotiation, stereotypes, cultural difference, and communities of support, the text demonstrates application of the UNESCO Story Circle approach in developing IC.


    Lily A. Arasaratnam-Smith is Deputy Vice President Faculty and Professor of Communication at Alphacrucis University College, Australia. She is a Fellow of the International Academy for Intercultural Research.

    Darla K. Deardorff is on the faculty of Harvard University’s Global Education Think Tank and is a Research Fellow in the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University, US. She is Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and founder of ICC Global and the World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence.

  • Global Footprints in Higher Education

    This book provides narrative cross-cultural stories written by undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty.  They cover a variety of experiential learning—from formal program awards to informal encounters, to travel to attend conferences, to volunteerism.   Cross-cultural experiences are recognized as engines leading to global awareness.  When students venture outside of their routines, their worlds become larger.  This then leads to greater tolerance, more awareness, or even more possibilities in life. Hard copies are  available on

  • STAR Scholars Handbook: Programs and Resources

    We invite you to explore the programs and resources listed in the official handbook of the Society of Transnational Academic Researchers (STAR Scholars). STAR Scholars is a member-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the State of Maryland, USA. We leverage the power of transnational connections to build communities that support the advancement of new generations of scholars working across borders. We are a grassroots movement of scholars working across borders. Each letter of our name describes the values and commitments of the people who join our network: scholars who care about research for social impact, transnational networked leaders, academically driven educators, and researchers with ethics and integrity.

  • Home and Abroad: International Student Experiences and Graduate Employability

    In this book, we explore the socio-political environment that impacts international students’ employability and discuss student experiences of employability development during and after their studies. The book also aims to provide a holistic understanding of international student employability on a global scale, incorporating various higher education contexts, including the US, UK, Netherlands, Vietnam, and Japan. 


    Xin Zhao (Skye) is a University Teacher in the Information School at the University of Sheffield (UK) and a senior fellow of HEA. E-mail:

    Michael Kung is the Director of Global Education and the Program Director for the Sustainable Design Master’s program in the College of Design, Construction, and Planning at the University of Florida (USA). E-mail:

    Krishna Bista is Vice President of the STAR Scholars Network and a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy at Morgan State University, Maryland (USA). E-mail: 

    Yingyi Ma is a Professor of Sociology, Provost Faculty Fellow, and the Director of Asian/Asian American Studies at Syracuse University, New York (USA). E-mail:

    Publisher: STAR Scholars, Baltimore, Maryland (US) | Published Date: July 2022

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  • Global Higher Education During COVID-19: Policy, Society, and Technology

    Global Higher Education During COVID-19: Policy, Society, and Technology explores the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for global mobility in the field of international higher education. Specifically, this book responds to the growing need for new insights and perspectives to improve higher education policy and practice in the era of COVID-19. The sub-theme that runs through this book concerns the changing roles and responsibilities of international education leaders and the demand to rethink comprehensive internationalization post-2020. Topics in this book include international students' experience, study abroad, branch campus, mental health, enrollment, and graduate education.

    Editors: Joshua S. McKeown, Krishna Bista, and Roy Y. Chan

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  • COVID-19 and Higher Education in the Global Context: Exploring Contemporary Issues and Challenges

    COVID-19 and Higher Education in the Global Context: Exploring Contemporary Issues and Challenges addresses the lasting impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the higher education sector and offers insights that inform policy and practice. Framed in a global context, this timely book captures a wide variety of topics, including student mobility, global partnerships and collaboration, student health and wellbeing, enrollment management, employability, and graduate education. It is designed to serve as a resource for scholar-practitioners, policymakers, and university administrators as they reimagine their work of comparative and international higher education in times of crisis. The collection of chapters assembled in this volume calls for a critical reflection on the opportunities and challenges that have emerged as a result of the global pandemic, and provides as a basis for how tertiary education systems around the world can learn from past experiences and shared viewpoints as institutions recalibrate operations, innovate programs, and manage change on their respective campuses.

    Special thanks to Terra Dotta

    Terra Dotta is the trusted leader in global engagement solutions for higher education. Over 600 universities and colleges use Terra Dotta’s global engagement platform to facilitate cross-cultural experiences for students, faculty and staff in more than 85 countries worldwide.

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  • Reimagining Mobility in Higher Education for New Generations of International Students

    This book explores emerging populations of mobile international students in order to consider innovative and inclusive approaches for a more equitable and socially just higher education for new generations of international students. It offers critical reflections on the intersections of race, place, and space at universities hosting international students across multiple geographic and cultural contexts. Publisher | Springer, 2022

    Chris R. Glass, PhD, is Professor of the Practice in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College, Massachusetts (USA). 

    Krishna Bista, EdD, is Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy at Morgan State University, Maryland (USA).

  • Reimagining Internationalization and International Initiatives at Historically Black College and Universities

    Reimagining Internationalization and International Initiatives at Historically Black College and Universities

    This book explores the internationalization policy, programs, and initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States. The bigger questions that this book addresses are: What does internationalization mean for HBCUs?  How can internationalization be leveraged as a tool for social justice and diversity thus moving students who are often placed at the periphery of society to the center?  Are HBCUs catching up or leading the way? How do we embed internationalization in the ethos of HBCUs institutional culture?  What are the tensions between internationalization and while still serving who have been historically marginalized?  Even more so, how can internationalization be leveraged as a tool for social justice and diversity thus moving students who are often placed at the periphery of society to the center?  


    Krishna Bista is a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy at Morgan State University, Maryland. Dr. Bista is the founding editor of the Journal of International Students, a quarterly publication in international education. His latest books are Inequalities in Study Abroad and Student Mobility, (w/Kommers, Routledge, 2021), Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education during COVID-19 (w/Chan & Allen, Routeldge, 2021), International Students at US Community Colleges (w/Malveaux, Routledge, 2022)

    Anthony L. Pinder is Vice Provost of Internationalization and Equity- Academic Affairs at Emerson College in Boston, MA (USA).  He is responsible for managing and building on all of the College’s global operations.  Notably, he manages the academic, fiscal, and programmatic operations of the Emerson European Center at Kasteel Well, The Netherlands. 

    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022

  • Impacts of COVID-19 on International Students and the Future of Student Mobility

    Impacts of COVID-19 on International Students and the Future of Student Mobility: International Perspectives and Experiences | Krishna BistaRyan M. AllenRoy Y. Chan Routledge | Sep. 29th, 2021

    This volume uses case studies and students' lived experiences to document the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on international students and explore future challenges and opportunities for student mobility within higher education.

  • International Students at US Community Colleges: Opportunities, Challenges, and Successes

    International Students at US Community Colleges: Opportunities, Challenges, and Successes Gregory F. MalveauxKrishna Bista Aug. 20th, 2021

    This volume documents the experiences of international students and recent international initiatives at US community colleges to better understand how to support and nurture students’ potential. Offering a range of case studies, empirical and conceptual chapters, the collection showcases the unique curricula and diverse opportunities for career development that colleges can offer international students.

  • International Student Support and Engagement: Innovative Practices for Universities

    This collected volume, part of the Routledge Studies in Global Student Mobility book series, consists of original research and innovative practices in campus, academic, and professional support services that serve the various and sometimes unique needs of international students seeking undergraduate and/or graduate degrees. 


    Mutiara Mohamad, Ed.D, has been, since 2005, the Director of Programs in Language, Culture, and Professional Advancement (PLCPA)—a department that primarily supports new international students at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Email:

    Janet Boyd, is an Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of Becton College at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Email:

  • Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education during COVID-19

    Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education during COVID-19: International Perspectives and Experiences Roy Y. ChanKrishna BistaRyan M. Allen Aug. 13th, 2021

    This volume documents the immediate, global impacts of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on teaching and learning in Higher Education. Focussing on student and faculty experiences of online and distance education, the text provides a reflection on novel initiatives, unexpected challenges, and lessons learned.


  • Critical Perspectives on Equity and Social Mobility in Study Abroad


    Critical Perspectives on Equity and Social Mobility in Study Abroad: Interrogating Issues of Unequal Access and Outcomes Chris R. GlassPeggy Gesing Jul. 23rd, 2021

    This edited volume brings together the perspectives of a diverse group of international scholars to explore the intersections of study abroad and social mobility. In doing so, it challenges universalist assumptions and power imbalances implicit in study abroad across the Global North and South, and explores the implications of COVID-19 for equity within study abroad programs, policy, and practice going forward.

  • International Student Mobility to and from the Middle East: Theorizing Public, Institutional, and Self-Constructions of Cross-Border Students

    This book is intended as a contribution to understanding how educational policies and
    priorities travel, or don’t, how ‘internationalisation’ discourses either reflect or obscure local
    priorities and realities, and on a deeper level how ‘the global’ impacts on the particular and
    vice versa. To do this it presents diverse accounts of ‘international’ higher education policy
    in and around the Middle East and Arab World, with a focus on how ‘internationalised’
    students are constructed – by policy, by other students and by themselves. These accounts,
    while thoroughly contextualised in local terms, gain extra significance for our understandings
    of regionalism and regionalisation when considered, critically, together.

    Edited by Aneta Hayes and Sally Findlow (Routeldge, 2022)

  • Cross-Cultural Narratives: Stories and Experiences of International Students

    Cross-Cultural Narratives: Stories and Experiences of International Students

    Edited by Ravichandran Ammigan

    This book provides readers with a unique opportunity to walk a mile in the shoes of an international student. It also highlights the importance of a strong support system for students in both the curricular and co-curricular settings and offers insights to international educators and university administrators into creating a welcoming environment that fosters international understanding and cross-cultural awareness on campus.

    Published: March 2021, STAR Scholars 

    Categories: International Education, student mobility, international students, student stories

    The book is a Gold Open Access publication thanks to the generous institutional sponsorship of the University of Delaware. You can download an e-book (free of cost) and hard copies directly from Amazon and other online vendors. 



  • Delinking, Relinking, and Linking Writing and Rhetorics

    In this book, Limbu precisely aims to trace the development of Himalayan Indigenous writing and rhetorics by offering concise methods and/or approaches, such as how to research and digitally document less explored, taught and even less discussed language/s, writing, performative rhetorics, and oral-performance-based rhetorics

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