Talk it out!

Talk sessions for international students by students

Due to the success of the Dutch talk sessions, interns and job students at UGent have taken the initiative to organize sessions for English-speaking and international students. We aim to create peer support groups by students, for students. In these sessions, we discuss diverse themes and topics that you can relate to. These are based on the requests you send in and would prove most useful to the students. We want to create a safe place where students can share their thoughts and worries, listen to each other, exchange tips, and find comfort in one another.


Exam Stress

We've all been stressed to take an exam, it's almost an unavoidable part of being a student. No matter how good we've prepared, no matter how long we've studied, sometimes it is particularly hard to deal with. Doubt and anxiety find easy entry in those moments. We want to hear your thoughts, how do you handle exam stress?

  • Monday 23/01 from 18h00 until 19h30 - online

Time management

We want to prepare you well for the new semester, no better way to do this than the Time-management sessions. This way you can get a head start on planning. Feel free to join us and share your struggles, tips and tricks!

  • Saturday 18/02 from 19h00 until 21h00 - online
  • Saturday 25/02 from 19h00 until 21h00 - online

Fear of failure

As a student, academic achievement can mean a lot. Fear can throw a wrench in things, it impedes us from performing as we usually would as we focus more on the future than on the present. Discuss this topic with us and tell us how you experience, and deal with fear of failure.

  • Monday 30/01 from 18h00 until 19h30 - online

Connection & Interaction

Arriving in a new city, new classes, new everything. It can be difficult to know how to engage with other students and make new connections. In this session we'd like to talk about how you experience this change and exchange tips on how to feel better when making new friends or engaging in challenging conversations.

  • Thursday 16/02 from 19h30 until 21h00 - face2face
  • Tuesday 21/02 from 19h30 until 21h00 - face2face


I want to join a talk session in January!

I want to join a talk session in February!

Do you have suggestions for future sessions?

Be sure to let us know which topics interest you - then we can consider them for future talk sessions.


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I’m studying industrial and organizational psychology and am currently in my third year.
Singing, dancing, drawing and writing are a few of my hobbies.
Talking to friends and playing games fill up the rest of my free time.

I’m elated to be a part of the talk sessions, to get to know each other and to give each other that much needed attention and connection we’ve been missing all throughout this pandemic.
Above all I’m excited to hear your stories and help create a safe space to engage in healthy discussions.
Hope to see you soon!


Hi! I’m Conor and I'm a 26 year old from Scotland currently studying for a masters in Bioinformatics. I play rugby, enjoy hiking and I put in far too much time organizing my Spotify playlists.

I love meeting new people and learning all about them, so I am very excited to meet everyone who wants to come along to the talk sessions! I have no qualms about making a fool of myself if it’ll make someone laugh, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to make people feel comfortable enough to open up during the sessions.

Looking forward to meeting you and if you see me in the street before/after/randomly then feel free to say hi!


Hiya everyone - my name is Bethany. I was born in England, and grew up in New Zealand.

I’m studying soil science here in Ghent - having first studied my bachelor in Amsterdam in environmental policy & science.

I’m really happy to be part of the talk sessions teams and to share/connect/spend time/talk with you all!



Hello everyone, my name is Kosta. I am correctly studying Clinical psychology at Ghent University. During the years I was always fascinated by psychology and the magnetism of this science. I have a keen interest in learning more and devoting my time to a better, greater understanding of human behavior, its functions, motivational factors, and ways of expression. It is fascinating to interact with individuals from different cultures, from all over the world, to learn about the variety of personal values and behavioral expressions.
I am excited to take part in the Talk Session initiative of UGent and hear and share stories with all of you!


Hi! I am 24 years old and I study Clinical Psychology. Currently I am finishing my last year with an internship as a student psychologist at Ghent University.

The talk sessions are ideal for talking to fellow students, seeking support from each other and exchanging tips. It creates a platform to share some difficulties you may face as an international student. That's why I think this is a great initiative set up by the university where I am proud to be a part of. I hope to see you soon at one of our talk sessions! 


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