Support and guidance of international students
By signing the "Code of Conduct International Students" Fontys has committed itself to agreements reached by (representatives of) institutions for higher education in respect of contacts with international students.
Because Fontys receives increasing numbers of international students every year, Fontys would like to give additional care and attention to their well-being and prevent them from incurring study delays or becoming isolated. To help institutions with the operationalisation of this code of conduct, Fontys has drafted a number of guidelines to serve as tools for offering an acceptable basic level of support and guidance to international students.
Experience has shown that international students often require additional attention and guidance to make them feel at home and to make studying at Fontys a positive experience. After all, these students are already taking an enormous step by coming to the Netherlands. For most of them this is an unknown country and they have to become acquainted with the educational institute and the Dutch educational system as well as starting their study programme - all within a short period of time. This is not always easy, especially when you consider that in addition to organising their study, the students also have to organise all kinds of practical matters in the Netherlands and build up a (new) social life and network. International students' stay abroad (as part of their studies) comprises four phases: arrival, start of studies, the remaining study period, and departure.
Guidance by Fontys focuses mainly on the first six months, as this is the period during which international students particularly require additional support and guidance. After all, the culture shock students experience already starts before they leave their own country, which results in tension and insecurity.