On 2 February the International Mobility team (Lorna, Agathe, Tracey, Cori and myself) welcomed 120 exchange and visiting students. The largest nationalities represented were Canadian, American, French, Italian and Singaporean. The smallest number of nationals attending– just to mention a few – were one from Norway, one Fin, one Pole, and one Romanian.
Newly arrived students getting to know each other over tea and coffee.
As usual, the day started bright and early for us, and at 8.30am we were welcoming the new students with tea and coffee and their University of Bath induction pack. We then moved to the lecture theatre for the induction presentations. Representatives from Student Services, the Students’ Union and the Academic Skills Centre joined us to provide information and guidance, and Student Services organised a game of ‘human bingo’ to encourage everyone to mingle.
Students completing the 'human bingo'
Students on a tour of the Roman Baths
In between the rain, the students were taken on campus tours by the Students’ Union Officers. Thankfully, the rain held off until noon when they regrouped for lunch and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the morning’s events!
On 10 February the students went on a tour of the historic Roman Baths, and on Thursday 16 February there will be a reception organised by Bath’s Exchange and Erasmus Network (BEN) at the Westgate, sponsored by the International Mobility Office.
The exchange and visiting students got involved with events and activities during Refresh week, and on Saturday 11 February, 56 of them joined the international lunch at the Widcombe Baptist Church. It truly was an International Café as 18 different countries were represented at the meal. Despite the freezing conditions 30 students were brave enough to join the Skyline walk afterwards and 14 of them completed the walk. Well done everybody!
Students attending the International Lunch at the Widcombe Baptist Church.
On Friday 29 January the International Mobility team (Lorna, Agathe, Tracey and myself) welcomed 82 exchange students: 64 international exchange, 16 Erasmus (European) and 2 Visiting (fee-paying) to be precise. They were from 26 different nationalities. The largest nationality groups were Canadian, American, Chinese, Australian and French. The smallest nationality groups were, just to mention a few, 1 Italian, 1 Uruguayan, 1 Norwegian, 1 Malaysian and 1 Austrian. Luckily they all made friends quickly.
The day started bright and early for us and at 8.30am we were setting up for registration. The students all turned up for tea and coffee and to collect their University of Bath Induction Pack.
Students arriving for Induction
We then moved to the lecture theatre for the Induction presentations. We had representatives from Student Services, the Students’ Union and the Academic Skills Centre who came to introduce themselves, organised a game of human bingo and supported the event with information and guidance.
Students attending the Induction presentations
It all went very well and lunch was served promptly at noon in the foyer. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, as no food was left to waste.
After lunch the students were taken on a campus tour by the Students' Union Officers, had their documents checked and met their Department Coordinators.
At the end of the day we offered two drop-in sessions for the first time this year. One was run by us, the International Mobility team, to help the students create their online timetables. A current Erasmus student also kindly came to support us in answering questions that only a student would know! The second drop-in session was run by the Academic Skills Centre team in order to help the new students enrol onto their classes. They were well attended and proved to be successful.
On Friday 12 February the students will head to the Roman Baths for a tour followed by a drinks reception organised in conjunction with BEN (Bath’s Exchange and Erasmus Network) and the Students' Union. We like to keep them busy!