PUBLIC SUPPORT HELD TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Abstract

Author(s): Cigdem BOGENC, Banu BEKCI**

With the Covid-19 outbreak, individual and social measures have been taken, but important gains have been obtained from the epidemic process as well. In addition to be individual, these achievements have been educational as well, especially for associations and organizations that provide support and resources to international students in this process. Therefore, the starting point of the study is to determine the achievements international students have achieved for their personal development, the attitudes of international students and associations that provide support and resources to them, and determination of the measures to be taken against future epidemics. In this study, empirical research methods and qualitative data collection techniques, such as observation, interview, and survey analysis, were used. The research has been addressed in three stages: international students’ psychological and physiological needs, the classification of the emotional states of the students by expert academicians, and the process evaluation by the heads of the associations (UDEF and R?UDER) that support international students during the pandemic process. As a result, this study includes the difficulties experienced by students, universities, and associations in this crisis, the achievements they have made, and the strategies of psychological and physiological support to be provided to international students in the face of natural disasters that may occur in the future.

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