The International Office of the HFT Stuttgart was able to convince with its project application "Successful Studying at the HFT Stuttgart" and will receive about 180,000 euros for the project duration of three years. The funding is provided as part of the program "STIBET II - Model Projects to Improve the Welcome Culture" of the German Academic Exchange Service and runs until 2023.
"International students should be able to successfully get through their studies at our university. In order for them to find their way around our university better and to avoid premature dropouts, we need a good welcome culture that accompanies international students through their studies. With the DAAD project funds, we can now implement many of our ideas more quickly and effectively," says Katrin Ronneburger, International Student Coordinator at the International Office. The plan is to offer a colorful potpourri of support and supervision services, ranging from the introductory phase of studies to graduation. "The project funding enables us to expand and further develop existing measures as well as to develop and implement new offerings," Ronneburger continues.
Among other things, special events are being planned as part of the preparatory week for international first-year students, which are intended to provide initial orientation and a good start to studying. In addition, further supplementary offers are planned for the course of studies, such as courses to strengthen communication skills, writing workshops and workshops on presentation techniques. In addition, the existing general counseling services at HFT Stuttgart are to be supplemented by individual counseling for international students with a focus on forward-looking study orientation and planning. But other factors, such as social integration and feeling comfortable at the place of study, also play a major role in student success. Even more tailored offers are to be created for this as well. "Here we will usefully supplement already established structures, such as the once-weekly International Coffee Break or various excursions during the semester," says project employee Tina Panzer. A language café and a debating club, for example, are being considered for this purpose.
The measures are accompanied by a continuous needs analysis so that the needs and wishes of the international students can be responded to and the measures adapted accordingly.
Tina Panzer is responsible for project implementation in the International Office.
More information on specific offerings for students can be found in the corresponding Moodle course.
Status: 04 March 2021