Quotation Kohlenberger, Judith, Herzog, Theresa, Schnitzler, Tobias. 2022. Migrant and Refugee Students from the Global South at Austrian Universities: A Typology for Targeted Support. ÖFSE Working Paper 67.




Drawing on qualitative data from five focus group discussions (N=23), we developed a typology with migrant and refugee students from the Global South living in Vienna and studying at an Austrian university. Our findings indicate that different levels of support are required, depending on both structural and personal factors that respondents displayed. Structural factors include residence permit, field and level of study and conditions at the university (such as digital access, student representation, supervision by professors, workload). Personal factors involve respondents’ social capital in terms of social network and friends/colleagues, in particular in the form of in/formal mentoring, language skills and other qualifications, personal resilience and aspirations, and mental health. Based on these factors, our typology differentiates between four different types of migrant and refugee students from the Global South, who differ with regard to the quality of their experience at university and their general well-being, which in turn impacts their study success.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Migrant and Refugee Students from the Global South at Austrian Universities: A Typology for Targeted Support
Title of whole publication ÖFSE Working Paper 67
Year 2022
URL https://www.oefse.at/publikationen/detail/publication/show/Publication/migrant-and-refugee-students-from-the-global-south-at-austrian-universities/


Students from developing countries and from forced displacement: Needs, resources, chances
Kohlenberger, Judith (Details)
Herzog, Theresa (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Schnitzler, Tobias (WUS Austria, Austria)
Institute for Social Policy IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5404 Demography (Details)
5428 Migration research, emigration - (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
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