Operating from campuses in Lille, Nice, Paris, London and Singapore, EDHEC is one of the top 15 European business schools. The international student offices (ISO) teams on both campuses have prepared a new onboarding program for international students arriving in August 2021.
Every year, we have hundreds of international students start their business studies at our campuses. We are constantly looking for new ways to engage students more dynamically, ease their transition to this new environment and collect feedback.
Earlier this year, we participated in a live Kahoot organized by Ketch’up, our student union created last semester to help students connect and socialize with each other. The enthusiasm and engagement was impressive, and we thought it would be a great addition to the activities we’re planning with my colleagues at the students offices. We got started with a Kahoot! EDU subscription, and here’s what we’ve planned for this year’s onboarding.
Make students feel welcome before they arrive
Moving to a new country is challenging. At the International Students Offices, our top priority is to make students feel confident and comfortable when they arrive. To provide them with the essential info they need and make their first weeks as stress-free as possible, we start our virtual onboarding activities several weeks before they actually come to Lille or Nice. To answer any practical questions students may have, we’ve implemented a new student experience website.
Less stress, more fun in student onboarding
We are excited to use Kahoot! for interactive presentations that are included in the onboarding. We already have a PowerPoint presentation sharing lots of practical information on different topics such as housing, health insurance, opening a bank account, and more. Using kahoot questions will provide a more dynamic way to engage students with this content.
Two-way interaction and conversation starter
We want students to know we’re always here to assist them and create a friendly social environment. So, after any onboarding activity, it’s important to us to hear back from the students – did they get answers to their questions? How could we improve our services? Are they happy with their accommodation? We are exploring different question types to collect student feedback through our kahoots. Both polls and open-ended questions seem like a great way to facilitate that!