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An investigation on the challenges of studying from home for international students at HFU Business School during the summer semester 2020 and the winter semester 2020/2021

  • In 2020 a pandemic caused the universities in Germany to close their doors for their students. For the Hochschule Furtwangen University, it was the first time that online classes were introduced on a large-scale. The objective of this thesis paper is to investigate how international students at HFU Business School cope with having online classes due to COVID-19 and to derive based on those findings a recommended course of action. The researcher conducted 32 semi-structured in-depth interviews with international students, local students, professors, and university employees to examine the status quo. A thorough literature review on studying and working from home formed the interview questions' foundation. The interview covered several aspects of students' life, such as studying, language development, or social factors. Based on the findings, a recommended course of action was derived. Those 14 recommendations include practical suggestions covering different facets for the university to implement to improve international students' ability to cope with the restrictions caused by the pandemic and the resulting online classes successfully.

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Author:Daniel Siehler
Advisor:Christoph Mergard
Document Type:Bachelor Thesis
Language:English
Year of Completion:2021
Granting Institution:Hochschule Furtwangen
Date of final exam:2021/02/26
Release Date:2021/03/02
Tag:COVID-19; International students; Interview; Online lectures; Recommended course of action
Degree Program:IBM - International Business Management
Functional area:Andere/Other
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich gesch├╝tzt