About EFYE

European First Year Experience (EFYE)

New EFYE members are welcome!

EFYE is an anual Conference on the First Year Experience designed to share ideas, research, development and success of the onboarding process of first-year students. First held in Tesside (UK) in 2006, the conference has inspired about 200-300+ participants per conference for another 15 times. This is the result of the efforts of an international committee that strives to expand the network around the exchange on the onboarding process of first-year students at universities. At each venue, the host university provides its own local planning team.

EFYEs host university in 2022 (April 20 – 22) is Graz University of Technology!

Logos of European First Year Experience Conference

The EFYE International Committee at the word

We are a group of academics and support staff from across Europe who are interested in improving the experience of students as they enter higher education. In 2006 our inaugural conference was hosted at Teesside University and since then we have met across the continent. The EFYE Conference Planning Team includes a team of volunteers working in universities across Europe.

We are open to new hosts from across Europe. If you are interested in hosting the event in future years, please email us dianenutt@outlook.com.

Join the EFYE Discussion Forum

The European First Year Experience Network Discussion List is a discussion forum where colleagues can discuss issues relating to the first year experience. New members are welcome!

To join please go to the EFYE JISCmail Home Page to subscribe.

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Previous EFYE Hosting Universities

and their main conference topic(s).
2021 – Aarhus

* Being and becoming a first year student
* Teaching first year students
* Supporting the transition

2019 - Cork

* Community building and supporting First Year students
* From purposeful teaching to independent learning
* From policy to action: Drivers for enhancing First Year experience

2018 - Utrecht

* From Excitement to Expectations to Experiences
* Diversity and inclusion

2017 - Birmingham

* Learning gained through Staff – Student partnerships

2016 - Ghent

* The transition to higher education
* The overall well-being of students
* How institutions can ameliorate and strengthen their education and the student’s learning

2015 - Bergen

* Institutional development
* The student lifecycle

2014 - Nottingham

* The student lifecycle
* Building a first year experience for European and international students

2013 - Helsinki

* My University – making the most of the first year experience

2012 - Nottingham, Teesside, Antwerp

(smaller events)

2011 - Manchaster

* Rethinking the First Year Experiences

2010 - Antwerp
2009 - Groningen
2008 - Wolverhampton

*Hearing Student Voices

2007 - Gothenburg
2006 - Teesside