The Role of Foreign Languages in International Education

  • Manuel Alfredo Oropeza Universidad de Guadalajara
  • Virna velázquez Vilchis Universidad de Guadalajara
Palabras clave: accreditation, international education, internationalization, foreign language, joint research


It is a fact that universities around the globe devote a considerable part of their budget to guaranteeing the quality of their international strategy. Most higher education institutions have set up international offices with the aims of increasing the number of exchange students, faculty exchange programs, calls for joint international research projects, access to communities abroad by the use of Information Technology, or the links for academic cooperation and cultural understanding.However, in some institutions this is no easy task. Universities face financial problems – student and faculty exchange is expensive, getting visas and migration issues is a hassle, moreover most universities in the world offer programs only in their native tongue and, sometimes in a foreign language, mainly English.This paper lays out recommendations on how to match the international mission with a language development strategy, as well as a proposal of a paradigm shift from the “traditional” view to a “global view” on international education from a Linguistic perspective.

Biografía del autor/a

Virna velázquez Vilchis, Universidad de Guadalajara
Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Facultad de lenguas. México.