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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | bologna.lab | Projects | Internationalising the Curriculum | Internationalising Teacher Training Courses

Internationalising Teacher Training Courses (Lehramt)

Although students of teacher training courses at the Humboldt-Universität constitute a sixth of all students, only a relatively small portion of them are internationally mobile.

Humboldt-Universität is not unique in this respect: This discrepancy was identified by the German Rectors’ Conference in 2012, which has since set up a standing group on the issue. As part of this ongoing debate, the Vice President for Academic and International Affairs in 2013 commissioned the sub-project ‘Internationalising the Curriculum’ to analyse the situation at Humboldt-Universität. The aim of the analysis was to provide a basis for possible actions of Humboldt-Universität to address the issue.

In this context, we addressed the following specific questions on the internationalisation of teacher training courses:


  • In the specific context of teacher training, what does it mean to make internationalisation a university target?
  • At what points in the study programmes or training phases can incentives and opportunities be created for time abroad?
  • What alternatives does internationalisation@home offer?
  • What obstacles are in the way of increasing the international focus of teacher training programmes?
  • What can a university – and the individual institutions – do to facilitate the internationalisation of teacher training courses?


 To find answers to these questions, we spoke to professors and other teaching staff, interviewed students of teacher training courses, examined and evaluated existing data and finally drew up a list of actions that the university could take.


A summary of the results can be found in our report on internationalising the teacher training courses at the Humboldt-Universität. This report is available on request.