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Posts By: Tracey Stenson Jukes

International Mobility Students: Leavers Party 2017

📥  Erasmus+, Event, International Strategy, Mobility

2017 marks two birthdays: After the 50th Anniversary of the University of Bath, the Erasmus+ programme turns 30!

In 30 years, 9 million people have benefited from the European scheme, and it is becoming more popular every year. The University of Bath sends an average of 450 students out on the Erasmus+ programme every year (on study exchange and work placements), and receives around 200 incoming students from European partner universities.

On Monday 8th May, the International Mobility Office held the second International Mobility Leavers’ party  in the Roman Baths. The aim of this now annual rendez-vous is for Bath students who will be going abroad in 2017-2018 to meet with Incoming Exchange students. This event is an opportunity for them to make significant connections with people they will most likely meet again next year during their travels.

Shoot ref: 29262 Shoot Date 08052017. International Mobility Leavers’ Party took place at The Roman Baths Great Baths. This is a send-off evening for Bath students going on an exchange abroad in 2017/2018, and incoming exchange students who were at Bath this year and are going home. Introductory speech followed by drinks reception and a photo competition.

Students at the International Mobility Leavers’ Party, The Roman Baths.

Students were welcomed to the Roman Baths with a card explaining their mission for the night: Find someone who will be in the same country as them next year. The first few “pairs” to come together were awarded prizes.

'Matched Pairs' at International Mobility Leavers’ Party

'Matched Pairs' at International Mobility Leavers’ Party

We were also very happy to welcome University of Bath Alumni members from Chile and the USA, who decided to stay a bit longer after enjoying the Bath Festival the weekend before.

Attendees were asked to vote for the best pictures of the Incoming Students Photo Competition; the theme this year was 'Birthdays and Celebrations'. First prize was awarded to Anika Klassen (pictured), from Queen’s University (Canada), followed very closely by Sofia Pavlova (Second Prize) from TU Munich (Germany) and Fede Anselmo (Third Prize) from Universidad San Andres (Argentina).

First Prize winner in the Photo Competition: Anika Klassen

First Prize winner in the Photo Competition: Anika Klassen

Around 150 students attended the evening. A lot of them have already made plans to reunite with their new friends next year, and the feedback we received was very positive:

“This was an incredible event. As an exchange student, it was truly unforgettable and an amazing way to say goodbye to Bath.“

“I enjoyed that there was an incentive to meet people from the country you're going to/ going to the same country as you- and almost an excuse to go up and speak to them!”

More information about the Erasmus 30th Anniversary can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/anniversary_en

More photographs of the evening are available at https://anthonyprothero.pixieset.com/internationalmobilityleaverspartytheromanbaths/

Particular thanks to Agathe Lairy for organising the event.

 

International Mobility Leavers’ Party

📥  Event, Mobility

On Tuesday 3 May, the International Mobility team organised its first International Mobility Leavers’ Party.

The aim of this event was to give an opportunity to Bath students going abroad in 2016-2017 to meet with incoming exchange students currently studying at Bath who will be in the same cities and countries as them next year.

The party was held at the Roman Baths, a nice setting for students to say their final goodbyes and exchange contact details with their first friends from their year abroad.

The International Mobility Leavers Party at Roman Baths

The International Mobility Leavers Party at Roman Baths

Attendance was very impressive for this first gathering. Around 220 students came, and it was an even mix between incoming and outgoing students!

At the entrance, students were given badges with their name and destination/origin on, and their mission was to find someone who will be in the same city as them next year. The first pairs to show up at the Mobility desk received prizes. Mission accomplished for many of them, as we could witness the new friendships forming throughout the evening!

We were honoured to welcome Lizzie Fane, the Founder of ThirdYearAbroad.com, who opened the event with a wonderful speech about making the most of studying/working abroad, and gave useful tips to our students.

The International Mobility Leavers Party at Roman Baths

Lizzie giving an opening speech at the party

Incoming students were also invited to submit entries to a photo competition. The pictures, around the theme 'What represents your study abroad experience in Bath', were displayed around the Roman Baths during the evening, and attendees were invited to vote for their favourite series of pictures.

Among the 11 photographers, Madeleine Harlow, an incoming Biology student from Dalhousie University in Canada, won the first prize, followed closely by Nicolas Glanzmann (Science without Borders Student from Brazil) and Chloe Lindsay (University of Queensland, Australia)/Liv-Josephine Dahl-Rossau (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), both ex-aequo.

The International Mobility Leavers Party at Roman Baths

Photo competition winners (from left to right): Madeleine Harlow, Nicolas Glanzmann and Chloe Lindsay

It was such an enjoyable night for all of us, and we hope to make this an annual rendez-vous! Here are a few quotes we gathered from our feedback questionnaires:

  • “Thank you! It was wonderful! Please do this every year as it's such a great event!”
  • “I really enjoyed the evening, it was exceptionally well organised and made me excited about the year abroad!”
  • “I think it is an excellent opportunity to not only network but also to experience the open-mindedness of students who are taking on such amazing opportunities.”

Check out more pictures of the event in our gallery.