Internationalisation at Home: The Case of Non-Mobile Medical Students in Hungary Timea Németh and Alexandra Csongor
Summary: The patient population in healthcare has transformed radically in the past few decades, from a homogenous to an increasingly heterogeneous cohort of people. Therefore, it is imperative to educate medical students and increase their intercultural competence to effectively treat a multicultural patient population. One approach is to participate in mobility programmes. However, data implies that only 1% of the Hungarian student population and less than 0.5% of Hungarian medical students are mobile, mainly due to lack of foreign language skills and insufficient financial support from their families. Consequently, non-mobile medical students’ intercultural competence needs to be developed locally. The aim of this paper is to present specifically designed classes in which local and international students study together and participate in collaborative teaching methods, such as intercultural language learning and special telecollaborative projects. Internationalisation at home and internationalisation of the curriculum will work towards a measurable increase in the quality of learning and teaching at the at the University of Pécs Medical school, Hungary.