Developing Intercultural Competence in Higher Education

International Students’ Stories And Self-Reflection


  • Hastowohadi Hastowohadi Sekolah Tinggi Dirasat Islamiyah Imam Syafi'i Jember
  • Arief Rusdyansyah Akademi Penerbang Indonesia (API) Banyuwangi
  • Maria M. Widiantari Universitas Merdeka Madiun


Intercultural Competence, International Student's Stories, Internations Students's Reflection


In today’s world, despite the abundance of knowledge and connectivity allowed by technologies, there is a growing problem of disconnection among people due to increased polarization and miscommunication. Higher education offers a chance to bridge this gap through the cultivation of intercultural competence. The book by Lily A. Arasaratnam-Smith and Darla K. Deardorff takes a unique approach that combines solid theories with personal stories of international students to make such a concept relatable and actionable. The authors provide practical guidance on enhancing intercultural understanding by emphasizing the need for intentional interventions. Their guidance highlights respect, self-awareness, perspective-taking, listening, adaptability, building relationships, and cultural diversity. It is a valuable resource for educators and students to develop meaningful intercultural competencies.


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Author Biographies

Arief Rusdyansyah, Akademi Penerbang Indonesia (API) Banyuwangi

Arief Rusdyansyah is a faculty member in the Department of Fixed-Wing Aircraft, Akademi Penerbang Indonesia, Banyuwangi. He is teaching Air Traffic Management and Flight Monitoring. His research interests include Flight Operation and Aviation Security.

Maria M. Widiantari, Universitas Merdeka Madiun

Maria M. Widiantari has been teaching communication strategy in the Department of Communication Science at the Faculty of Social Science and Study of Politics at Universitas Merdeka Madiun. Her research interests are in Communication Study and Strategy of Communication.


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D. Stevens (Eds.), Developing intercultural competence in practice (pp. 1–8). Clevedon:

Multilingual Matters.

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How to Cite

Hastowohadi, H., Arief Rusdyansyah, & Maria M. Widiantari. (2024). Developing Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: International Students’ Stories And Self-Reflection. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 13(1), 111–114. Retrieved from