On Wednesday of Week 5, the International Office hosted its annual International Festival, celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the UL student body, while also helping to integrate the vast number of international students studying at UL. The day consisted of a full day of free events, with an excellent turnout of both international and Irish students. UL is renowned for its outstanding international student experience and warm welcome, and events like the International Festival are a significant part of the internationalisation of the university. With over 1100 students coming to UL from over 90 countries this year, the international student population of UL acts as a great benefit to the local community, bringing diversity of culture and language.
A Study Abroad Fair, showcasing Erasmus and Exchange opportunities for UL students, was held in EG-010, featuring stands from partner institutions around the world. International students represented their home institutions and countries, while UL students who had previously studied overseas were there to give their experiences, all to help UL students due to go on Erasmus make their decision. UL has the largest Erasmus & Exchange programme in Ireland, with over 500 students participating in the programme in 2015/16, and many destinations for UL students to choose from.
The Pavilion played host to the International Food Fair, featuring dishes from countries including China, France, Spain, Germany and Sweden. Over 300 students turned up to sample dishes from around the world and share their cultures with friends and other students. As well as this, many students came out to enjoy a screening of the French film Amelie in the University Concert Hall, wrapping up a great day of sharing and celebrating cultures.
The UL International Education Division endeavours to continue to organise events like these that celebrate the internationalisation of the university as well as to make our international student body feel welcome. Find the International Education Division on Facebook to keep up to date with upcoming events.