Steps towards sustainable student support: Stressors among international high school students living in a boarding house

  • Nienke van Alphen Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University


High school is a stressful time for any adolescent. But what about teenagers who recently moved across the world to live in a boarding house and start at a competitive international school? This study aimed to discover what stressors boarding students at an international school experience through a literature research and 15 semi-structured interviews with current students and recent graduates. The findings indicate that the boarders experience a wide variety of boarding-, peer-, and school-related stressors.  Interventions are suggested to address the mentioned stressors and to help the school design effective programs to promote student wellbeing.