Title: International orientation
Student 1: I have met the representative of the University of Birmingham, back home in Kazakhstan who helped me to prepare for coming over here, who answered all my questions and this helped me a lot.
Student 2: When I was preparing to leave home for my studies in the University of Birmingham I felt really excited just about getting a new experience in life.
Student 3: When I was just about to leave my home country I was very nervous of going on my own to a foreign country but at the same time it was very good how people took care of us here and also it’s not that difficult to go back home from here as you have a really big airport and which basically offers flights to nearly every destination in the world.
Student 2: With the amount of information provided from the University of Birmingham in advance through them sending a lot of handouts about accommodation, about the first week and about what will be happening during this first week, I had plenty of knowledge before coming and it was really great that the University of Birmingham also organised a pick up in the airport.
Student 4: One of the things that was really great was the Welcome Week because we’ve had just students, they met us at the airport and then the whole week they were just guiding us. We had different campus tours, city tours.
Student 5: Now I’m a second year student and I’m working for the Welcome Week. What we do is we picked up people from the airport on the weekend and then on Monday the Welcome Week start.
Student 6: The first impression which is like, everybody was so attentive to me, they are very helpful, friendly and, you know, willing to answer all of my questions. So yeah it was brilliant.
Student 7: It’s not hard to find friends in Birmingham because people here are very nice and it’s a very multicultural society.
Student 8: So everything you can think about as an international student when you first arrive, just don’t be nervous at all because everything has already been sorted out for you.