Academic tutors, a buddy and “referring student” is assigned for each student.
Academic tutors (one from each of the pathway institutions) are assigned from the beginning of the programme. The tutors will help the students to make choices related to the course and possible careers. Tutors organise two individual meetings per semester in order to discuss curriculum choices and career opportunities . Students are asked, every six months, to submit a piece of writing describing their ongoing professional development. At the end of Semester 2, they are asked to present a first draft of a career project, which will influence their choice of special focuses for Semester 3.
First year students are assigned to a “referring student”, who is second year student with whom they can discuss opportunities and get feedback on the programme. Students (especially those from third-countries) receives coaching for cultural adaptation from administrative staff.
The consortium has also set up a “buddy programme”. It involves appointing local Master’s students one month before arrival in the new institution to act as mentors for each EPOG student. The aim is to provide insights into, and understanding of the life, culture and learning environment in the host country. Buddies are a source of support and information on all aspects, from academic to personal. They introduce incoming students to the social and academic life of the university and daily life concerns (opening a bank account, organising a mobile phone, etc.). Before arrival they are able to make contact with each other by email and discuss matters such as arrival day, pick-up at the airport or train station.