Students from around the world arrive in Preston

16 September 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

UCLan welcomes over 600 international students

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has welcomed over 600 international students from 120 nationalities to Preston over the last week as they arrive to begin their studies.

The students from countries including China, Germany, the USA, Oman and Poland have taken part in a series of events organised by UCLan designed to welcome them to the city and introduce them to British culture. This included trips out to local landmarks, ice breaking activities and a traditional afternoon tea

UCLan Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Pete Dunleavy welcomed the international visitors. He said: “I want to offer a warm welcome to the students who have travelled from all over the world to study right here in Preston. "

“By joining UCLan you are becoming part of a dynamic community of students and staff with access to some of the world’s leading researchers and a fantastic student experience. I hope that alongside your academic studies UCLan is able to provide you with a life-changing experience with opportunities for social, sporting and personal development.”

Yi Mao Zhang, a 21-year-old international journalism student from China, commented: “I love the afternoon tea, it’s amazing. This is my first visit to the UK and so far I’m really enjoying it. Everyone in Preston and the University has been welcoming and helpful. I’m now looking forward to starting my course.”

Julian Trabold, a 19-year-old student from Fachhochschule Würzburg, a partner university in Germany, said:

“I like Preston, it’s a similar size to my home town and already I have made new friends from many different cultures. I’ve always wanted to study in the UK and I am looking forward to my time at UCLan.”

Electronic engineering student Krysta Rasmussem, 20, from Maryland in the USA said: “The people of Preston and the students I’ve met so far have made me feel very welcome. I’m looking forward to travelling around the country in my spare time.”

In addition to sampling a traditional afternoon tea and taking part in other welcome activities the international visitors have all been assigned to a buddy; a current student or recent graduate who is multi-lingual and knows the University and Preston very well.