In this paper, we aim to offer multicultural engagement activities to support the internationalization of higher education. This research applies the interpretive qualitative case study with twelve key participants from three different bilingual higher education programs. The study used semi-structured interviews to investigate multicultural engagement activities. The findings of the study show that two important patterns emerged from the data: national multicultural engagement activities and international multicultural engagement activities. The national multicultural engagement can be held in the contexts of formal multicultural engagement activities, semi-formal multicultural engagement activities, and project-based multicultural engagement activities. In addition, the international multicultural engagement activities can be short-term, mid-term, and long-term international overseas multicultural engagement activities. The implication of this study is that multicultural engagement activities can be a model for other bilingual programs in higher education contexts.


multiculturalism, engagement, internationalization, bilingual higher education, qualitative case study

Author Bio(s)

Amirullah Abduh is an associate professor at English Education and Head of the Centre for Publication and Intellectual Property Rights (Pusat Publikasi dan HAKI LP2M) Universitas Negeri Makassar, Indonesia. Email: amirullah@unm.ac.id.

Muhammad Basri is a professor in English Education for the Faculty of Languages and Literature in Universitas Negeri Makassar, Indonesia. Email: muhammadbasri@unm.ac.id

Muhammad Rapi is a professor at Indonesian Language Education for the Faculty of Languages and Literature in Universitas Negeri Makassar, Indonesia. Email: m.rapi@unm.ac.id.

Rosmaladewi is a senior lecturer at Polytechnic Pertanian Negeri Pangkep, Indonesia. Email: rosmaladewi@polipangkep.ac.id.


Directorate Research and Community Services (DRPM) supports this research through the scheme of Basic Research (Penelitian Dasar). The contract number is 127/SP2HH/LT/DRPM/2021. We thank all people and participants for supporting this research

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