"They want to fly! ? International students attitudes concerning the climate crisis and their air travel behavior"
, in Domenech Josep, Álvarez-Hevia, David Menéndez; Martínez-Varea, Alicia; Llácer-Iglesias, Rosa M. ; Brunetto, Domenico: HEAd'23 - 9th International Conference on Higher Education Advances, Vol. 9, Editorial Universitat Politčcnica de Valčncia, Valencia, Seite(n) 287-294, 6-2023, ISBN: 978-84-1396-085-2
They want to fly! ? International students attitudes concerning the climate crisis and their air travel behavior
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HEAd'23 - 9th International Conference on Higher Education Advances
What do international students think about the impact their travels have on
As the relationship between academia and higher education institutions with
regards to protecting the environment and mobility continues to be complex,
universities and other higher education institutions are trying to reduce their
carbon footprint. However, international students often travel globally for
their study programs and other associated trips, raising questions about their
awareness concerning the impact of their travels on climate change.
A qualitative case study conducted in two international study programs in
Austria reveals the presence of five different types of students. While most
students are aware of climate change, only one group is taking active steps to
address it at an individual level. Furthermore, there is also a distinct group of students who are unaware of basic climate change-related issues.
The findings of the study highlight the importance of incorporating climate
change education into international study programs on both a curricular and
practical level, from the admission process to program-related travels. It is
crucial for universities and higher education institutions to address this issue and promote sustainability in international student programs.