Session 08.04

How to promote the well-being of international and refugee students: Research and best practices

  • Thursday 28 Sept
  • Port 1A, Level 3, Rotterdam Ahoy
  • Level: All
  • Related Expert Communities Guidance and Counselling

International students and students with a refugee background often face barriers that can make their university experience stressful and lonely. What can higher education institutions do to promote the well-being of these students? What are the similarities and differences between international students and students with a refugee background? Based on recent research conducted in the Netherlands and Italy, we discuss practical implications and best practices for promoting well-being.


  • Student and alumni services
    • Student mental health support
  • Social responsibility
    • Diversity, equity and inclusion


  • Dana Van Nieuwaal, 
    Nuffic, Netherlands


  • Elli Thravalou, 
    Nuffic, Netherlands
  • Elisa Tomezzoli, 
    University of Milan & European Institute of Oncology, Italy