University Halls of Residence: Welcoming, Interculturality and Belonging (72897)

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We consider the university halls of residence as an extension of the university environment, which, as such, should reflect the concern for the student's well-being and exceed the institution's welcoming and integration practices. At the same time, the residences should exude a homeliness rather than an institutional atmosphere. In this paper, we argue for the strategic role of university halls of residence in welcoming students, emphasizing the added importance of a comprehensive welcome for international students, given their need to build a support network in the destination country to prosper in their studies and adapt to the new reality. Furthermore, we found that the interaction between local and international students is beneficial for both groups. Based on the benchmarking of five different student housing facilities within the European context, in Dublin, Toulouse, Paris, Macerata and Bologna, we list the best practices for student welcoming in university residences. Research findings point to the need for convivial environments in the residences; minimally comfortable dimensions for the rooms; promotion of integration initiatives among students; staff who speak an alternative language to the local one, usually English.

Marcela Rosa Brasil, University of Porto, Portugal
Susana Barreto, University of Porto, Portugal
Teresa Franqueira, University of Aveiro, Portugal

About the Presenter(s)
Msc. Marcela Rosa is a Ph.D. candidate in the Design Program at the University of Porto, Portugal. Her research focuses on design for social innovation, belonging, welcoming, and interculturality in student halls of residence.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00