Students today face a demanding academic environment in a time of rapidly changing circumstances and an increasingly competitive and technologically integrated world. Impressive academic performances, a blossoming social life, managing a budget around tuition and living costs, and building a strong cv – these are all goals and concerns that students are dealing with and can lead to worrying health concerns. In an age of being constantly connected and exposed online through social media, a growing number of university students are reporting feelings of isolation and loneliness. These challenges appear to be magnified for international students as they deal with cultural and language barriers and transitional obstacles in an unknown academic environment. This interactive training offers practical tools and guidance to those that are working with and for students, in daily operations of student accommodation, but also managing international students at universities.
During this training, different experts shared their insights from different European perspectives. Following the best-practice panel discussion, participants were asked to reflect on the key learnings by taking part in an interactive assignment, which were evaluated after each break.