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UCLan welcomes international students from around the globe

14 September 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Afternoon tea greeting for more than 600 students

More than 600 students from around 120 countries have arrived in Preston ready to begin their studies at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

As Welcome Week begins for the new academic year the new international students from countries including China, Lithuania, the USA, Oman and Poland, received a warm welcome from the University with a host of activities designed to introduce them to British culture. This included walking and cycling tours around the city, ten pin bowling and a traditional afternoon tea.

Pauline Kirijanovaite, a 20-year-old student from the Lithuanian Academy for Theatre and Music, will spend a semester at UCLan. She said: “So far I have loved everything about UCLan and Preston. I want to make the most of my time here, both in regard to my studies and through meeting new people and travelling to new places.”

“So far I have loved everything about UCLan and Preston.”

Sheryas Dhavileswanapu is from Dubai and about to begin a three-year degree in Games Design. He commented: “I’ve been to the UK before but never to the North of England so it’s something completely new and exciting. I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

In addition to the social welcome activities, the international students have access to a buddy; a current student or recent graduate who is multi-lingual and knows the University and Preston very well.