They want to fly! ? International students attitudes concerning the climate crisis and their air travel behavior
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HEAd'23 - Higher Education Advances 2023
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What do international students think about the impact their travels have on climate change? 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.