Monday, 23 September 2013
International students from thirty-four countries, including Nigeria, China, USA, Uganda, Vietnam, Bangladesh and many EU countries, have arrived in Worcester to take part in a variety of events and familiarise themselves with the University and the city
New overseas students had an opportunity to receive support and advice from student services, take campus tours and visit The Hive library with student ambassadors, attend one of the fairs to either open a bank account or find out about volunteering and employment and meet other fellow freshers from all over the world.
Noreen Ropers, an exchange student from France, said: ‘’I was surprised how welcoming and friendly people are here, at the University and in Worcester in general. We have been supported through every nuance of being a student here and I have never experienced such guidance in France.’’
The purpose of the special welcome for international students is to help them meet the challenges of living and studying in a different country.
Catherine Hyde, International Development Officer at the University, said: “One of the best things about International Induction Week is seeing the transformation of tired, bewildered students to happy confident students, curious about everything – eager to learn and eager to please.”
Some students arrived a month earlier to improve their English skills and one of them, Li Hang from China, explained why he believes Worcester is the best place to study: ‘’Worcester is a peaceful city with friendly people.’’
‘’I will be able to focus on my studies and I am looking forward to using all of the study resources available at the University and The Hive, which I believe is an amazing facility with access to more information.”