Establishment of counseling, qualification and peer-learning offers
The first year of study is characterized by a particularly high density of requirements. International students not only have to find their way in a new culture, but also in a new knowledge system. The introductory phase of studies is therefore of central importance and should be designed to be as conducive to learning as possible through offers tailored to the target group. The aim of this measure is therefore to develop an interlinked concept together with the International Office, the Central Student Advisory Service, as well as the officer for the study entry phase and the departments, which provides preparatory and study-accompanying courses and peer learning offers. These include:
- Establishment of a mentor program in which students from higher semesters meet in small groups with foreign first-year students and informally provide tips and advice on learning strategies and methods.
- Introduction of annual integration interviews with international second-semester students. In particular, students who have not yet achieved the required ECTS points at this point are proactively invited to the interview in order to discuss the possible causes in a personal meeting and to provide individual assistance. In addition to ensuring the success of their studies, the structured counseling interview is also intended to help international students become familiar with the various counseling and qualification services offered by HS Trier at a much earlier stage.
- German as a foreign language: preparatory and study-accompanying language courses
- English Writing Workshop: The goal of the writing workshop is to teach the fundamentals of academic work and writing. The following workshops are offered annually:
- Formal basics: structure and outline of scientific papers
- Methodological basics: scientific research and citation, finding topics, planning and organising scientific work
- Psychological basics: dealing with time pressure and writer's block