Friday, 10 June 2016

Culture shock averted! Orientation Week 2015

Traveling to a new country can be overwhelming, let alone moving there for a single term or a whole year. However, the University of Sheffield holds an Orientation Week to help new students settle in, meet new people, and start your wonderful time here in Sheffield. Throughout the week students can drop in to a variety of activities and the schedule is extremely flexible.

When I arrived on the Tuesday of the Orientation Week I was much more jet lagged than expected and waited until Wednesday to join in the fun. Normally I would have felt left out for not participating right away, but the university has set up the activities so that while there is something new each day, they also repeat different programs to ensure students can attend as many activities or talks as needed.

Some of the awesome activities I attended were Postgraduate Icebreakers, a campus tour, a talk on banking in the U.K., afternoon tea, and so much more! Studying abroad can be a daunting task, but the organizers and student volunteers during Orientation Week were extremely helpful and inviting for the international students. Orientation Week is just another one of the amazing ways the University of Sheffield is here to help you and have loads of fun along the way!

Here is a fantastic video about the most recent Orientation Week held September 14-18, 2015.

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