The International Mobility Team were delighted to welcome a new cohort of international exchange students to the University of Bath on Monday 25th September.
Despite the early start on a grey and dreary Monday morning, the 140 students in attendance for our induction were all in high spirits and keen to embark on their University of Bath journey.
The 140 exchange and visiting students were from 60 exchange partner universities and of 29 nationalities - of these the biggest nationality groups were German (27), French (26), and Spanish (22).
The induction commenced with members of the International Mobility Team introducing themselves, their roles and how they can be of assistance during the students stay with the University. As well as this students were informed of their schedule and priorities for the week before being given a wider overview of the University of Bath, extra-curricular activities, and getting around the United Kingdom.
The students also received presentations from the Academic Skills Centre on non-curricular courses which they can take, the Student Services Team on their role and how they support our students, and also the Students' Union who covered how to get involved at the University through societies, student groups, volunteering and fundraising. The induction concluded with a campus tour by student ambassadors.
Overall it was a really successful induction for our new cohort of international exchange students and we hope that they have a wonderful time during their stay at the University of Bath.
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!