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.


Emotional exhaustion

Autumn and winter are the coldest seasons. It’s dark and gloomy and due to this many people can feel more tired than usual around this time of the year. That paired with deadlines and a lot of work, can tire us out very heavily. Emotional and physical exhaustion then become pervasive in day to day life, it’d be good to talk about it!

  • Friday 02/12 from 19h30 until 21h00 - face2face


Anxiety is a very common feeling for the average person. You may be nervous and anxious about taking an exam, or feeling worried about a medical test or job interview. Feeling anxious in these situations can be perfectly normal, but some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety tend to be more constant and often affect their daily lives. We'd love to share tips on how to handle this stressor.

  • Wednesday 07/12 from 19h30 until 21h00 - online


It gives you a safe feeling, "I still have time, I'll do it tomorrow!" you say. 4 days down the line, you still haven't started on that project. The deadline looms closer and now you start to panic. This is a topic that has been requested quite a bit, to no surprise of course. Students are very familiar with this adversary. Let's talk about it.

  • Wednesday 14/12 from 19h30 until 21h00 - online

Exam Stress

We've all been stressed to take an exam before, it's almost an unavoidable part of being a student. No matter how good they've prepared, no matter how long they've studied, some students find this particularly hard to deal with. We want to hear your thoughts, how do you handle exam stress?

  • Thursday 22/12 from 19h30 until 21h00 - online


I want to join a talk session in december!

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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