Initially compiled by Jenna Mittelmeier and Heather Cockayne
Embellished through work by Jenna Mittelmeier, Sylvie Lomer, Said Al Furqani, and Daian Huang
The list below highlights publications which review or synthesise existing research about various aspects related to international students and the broader internationalisation of higher education. These have been listed without a reflection on quality or criticality, and it is worth noting that several reviews are positioned from a deficit lens. Nonetheless, these papers are a helpful starting point for situating new research within existing knowledge. We would highly recommend that more reviews about different topics are developed and published to further synthesise known understandings about this topic.

Reviews of research about the internationalisation of higher education

  • Bedenlier, Kondakci, and Zawacki-Richter (2018)
    Review of research published about the internationalisation of higher education in two decades of publications in the Journal of Studies in Higher Education (publications between 1997 and 2016)
  • Enaifoghe (2018)
    Literature review on the implication of African knowledge and learning systems for the internationalisation of higher education
  • George Mwangi,  Latafat, Hammond,  Kommers,  Thoma, Berger, and Blanco-Ramirez (2018)
    Discourse analysis of criticality in articles written about international higher education in a selection of key journals (publications between 2000 and 2016)
  • Harrison (2015)
    Literature review on research evidence for internationalisation at home
  • Kosmützky and Putty (2016) 
    Systematic review of the research related to transnational, cross-border, offshore, and borderless higher education (publications between 1987 and 2014)
  • Mittelmeier and Yang (2022)
    Review of research published about the internationalisation of higher education in forty years of publications in the Higher Education Research and Development journal (publications between 1982 and 2020)
  • Tight (2022)
    Systematic review of research about internationalisation of higher education “beyond the West” 
  • Tight (2021)
    Review of how internationalisation and globalisation have been conceptualised as frameworks for higher education research over time
  • Yemini and Sagie (2016)
    An explorative systematic review of research about the internationalisation of higher education (publications between 1980 and 2014)

Reviews about research with international students specifically

  • Abdullah, Abd Aziz, & Mohd Ibrahim (2014)
    A systematic review of reserach with international students (published between 1980 and 2013), using data sources from Tight’s literature reviews (see section above)
  • Alharbi and Smith (2018)
    Systematic review of research about stress and wellbeing of international students in English-speaking countries (publications between 1806 and 2017)
  • Brunsting, Zachry, and Takeuchi (2018)
    Systematic review of evidence about international students’ psychosocial adjustments (publications between 2009 and 2018)
  • Campbell & Neff (2020)
    Systematic review of higher education scholarships for international students from the Global South (papers published from 2010-2019)
  • Cao et al. (2021)
    Bibliometric review of research about international students’ mental health (published between 1957 and 2020)
  • Douglas and Rosvold (2018)
    Systematic review of research about intercultural compentence and English for Academic Purposes (published between 1996-2016)
  • Eden, Fleet, and Cominos (2021)
    Systematic review of research about international students’ experiences in nursing and midwifery programs
  • Gao (2021)
    Qualitative meta-synthesis of research about challenges experienced by international doctoral students  
  • Garone and Van de Craen (2017)
    Literature review of language skills and internationalization in nursing degree programs
  • Gümüş, Gök and Esen (2019)
    Bibliometric analysis of research about international student mobility (publications between 1980 and 2018)
  • Heng (2020)
    Literature review on the use of theory in research about Chinese international students’ experiences
  • Krsmanovic (2021)
    Systematic review of research about international students’ experiences in American higher education (publications between 2010 – 2019)
  • Khanal and Gaulee (2019)
    Literature review of challenges experienced by international students (publications from 2000 to 2018)
  • Lee and Bligh (2019)
    Systematic review of research about pedagogic practices with international students in online and distance learning 
  • Lillyman and Bennett (2014)
    Literature review about evidence for developing positive learning experiences for international students (publications between 2000 and 2012)
  • Li, Wang, and Xiao (2014)
    Systematic review of literature about East Asian international students’ psychological wellbeing (publications between 2000 and 2011)
  • Lo (2018)
    Review of conceptual approaches to studying international student mobility
  • Lomer and Mittelmeier (2021)
    A systematic review of research about pedagogies with international students in the UK (publications between 2013 and 2019)
  • López-Duarte, Maley, and Vidal-Suárez (2021)
    Systematic review of research about challenges of international student mobility (published between 2000 and 2018)
  • Maringe and Sing (2014)
    Thematic review of evidence-based strategies for teaching large classrooms of international students
  • Nguyen, Grafsky, and Lambert-Shute (2017)
    Systematic review of research about experiences of LGBTQ international students (publications before 2016)
  • Netz and Cordua (2021)
    Literature review about the link between studying internationally and graduate wages
  • Pearson (2020)
    Synthesis of research about the effectiveness of English for Academic Purposes in the United States
  • Pham, Dong, Vuong, Luong, Nguyen, Dinh, and Ho (2021)
    Bibliometric review of research about international student mobility in Asia (publications between 1984 and 2014)
  • Pham, Saito, Bao, and Chowdhury (2018)
    Systematic review of research about international students undertaking Work Integrated Learning (WIL)in Australia
  • Safipour, Wenneberg, and Hadziabdic (2017)
    Systematic review of qualitative research about international students’ experiences in international classrooms (published between 2010 and 2015)
  • Sleeman, Lang, and Lemon (2016)
    Systematic review of international students’ use of social media
  • Smith and Khawaja (2011)
    Overview of research about acculturation experiences of international students (published before 2011) 
  • Wu, Liu, Liu, Lin-Schilstra, and Lyu (2021)
    Systematic literature review of mental healthcare support for international students in China (publications before 2014)
  • Zhai, Gao, and Wang (2019)
    Systemtaic literature review of the factors for why Chinese students choose Australia as a study destination and motivation for returning to China
  • Zhang-Wu (2018)
    Literature review of research about Chinese international students’ experiences in American higher education (publications since 2000)
  • Zhang and Goodson (2011)
    A systematic review of predictors of international students’ psychosocial adjustment in the United States (publications between 1990 and 2009)
  • Zhou, Jindal-Snape,Topping and Todman (2008)
    A conceptual review of theoretical models of how culture shock and adaptation has been conceptualised in international students in higher education (from the perspective of psychosocial adjustment)

Other reviews of potential interest