How do Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions Apply When Teaching Abroad?

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In this chapter, seven intercultural teaching experiences are contextualised by using the Hofstede (2011) model on cultural dimensions. The experiences are from Australia, China, France, Germany, Russia, India and Thailand. They are analysed using Hofstede’s four cultural dimensions of Power Distance, Individualism, Masculinity, and Uncertainty Avoidance. The results show that stereotypical behaviour in the teacher-student interaction is confirmed, but is also refuted in numerous instances and across the dimensions. The described cases also cover interactions between the guest lecturer and staff of the hosting universities in the seven countries. This anecdotal evidence shows more commonality with the Hofstede model than the teacher-student relationships do. Using Hofstede’s model to prepare for and carry out international guest lectures remains a useful tool. It is advised to keep an open mind and not take stereotypical behaviour for granted
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBorderlands : the internationalisation of Higher Education teaching practices
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-05339-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-05338-2
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Hofstede cultural dimensions
  • intercultural teacher-student interaction
  • power distance
  • individualism
  • masculinity
  • uncertainty avoidance


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