School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Alina Schartner

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics


I was appointed Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Newcastle University in June 2015, having previously worked as a Research Associate at the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT).


After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Salzburg, I went on to study for an MA in Cross-Cultural Communication and Education at Newcastle University. I subsequently studied for a PhD at ECLS, investigating the adjustment and adaptation of international postgraduate students in the UK. I completed my PhD in February 2014. 

I am a member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), the British Educational Research Association (BERA), and the International Association of Language and Social Psychology (IALSP). I served a three-year term as IALSP Secretary from 2014-2017. 

In June 2016 I was awarded the James J Bradac Early Career Prize for my work on the international student experience.




My research interests focus mainly on transnational mobility, in particular international student mobility and the internationalisation of higher education. I am especially interested in international student adjustment and adaptation. I also research in the field of social psychology of communication, in particular the role of 'culture' in professional contexts and the concept of intercultural competence. 

Current funded research:

Principal investigator: 

The 'international student experience' in 2021: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the academic, psychological and sociocultural adjustment of international students in the UK' funded by the NU Institute for Social Science. 


  • Global Citizenship and Multilingual Competences (GCMC), Erasmus   Strategic Partnership (2020-2023): 

Recent funded research: 

  • Critical Skills for Life and Work (CSLW): Developing the Professional Intercultural Communicative Competence of Highly Skilled Refugees, Erasmus Strategic Partnership (2017-2019): 
  • Approaches and Tools for Internationalisation at Home (ATIAH), Erasmus Strategic Partnership (2017-2019)

I am happy to supervise doctoral research in the following areas: internationalisation in higher education, international student adjustment and adaptation, intercultural transitions in internationally mobile individuals. I offer expertise in mixed-methods research using both qualitative and quantitative methods of enquiry (e.g. interviews, focus groups, surveys and questionnaires). 

Current PhD projects I supervise: 

  • Cross-cultural adaptation and identity change: A study of Asian student sojourners in the UK
  • Cross-cultural adaptation of Saudi Arabian international ESL students in UK higher education
  • Exploring the level of intercultural competence and language proficiency as factors in international students' adjustment in the UK 
  • International students: the jewel in the crown for higher education in preparing the global leader 
  • Understanding international postgraduate students' adjustment in a British university: motivations for study abroad and subsequent academic, sociocultural and psychological experiences 
  • Improving the personal creativity of international higher education business students 


I am module leader for:

  • ALC8007 Professional Communication Skills (Semester 2)
  • ALC2010 Professional Communication Skills (Semester 1) 

I also contribute to the following modules:

  • ALC8001 Social Psychology of Communication
  • ALC8003 Research Portfolio