Togetherness was the theme of this year’s international induction, it was chosen to demonstrate our similarities regardless of our cultural difference
Over 300 new international students from 29 Countries started in WIT this September. Students from all over Europe and as far as China, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, USA and Brazil were welcomed by WIT international student ambassadors and student buddies.
The International Student Induction Programme helped the new international students to WIT familiarise themselves with the campus as well as being introduced to the supports and services that are available to them. Samantha Richardson, Inward Exchange Coordinator at the Office for International Relations said “Togetherness was the theme of this year’s induction. In a world that is increasingly beset by divisions, the theme of togetherness was chosen to demonstrate our similarities regardless of our cultural difference. As caretakers and educators it is our goal to help our students feel connected and to encourage new friendships not just within our international cohort but with our domestic students too, this is also one of the many benefits of our Student Buddy Programme.”
The students were introduced to Irish heritage at the WIT Arena where they learned about the ancient Irish sport of ‘Hurling’ followed by their first game. Activities with local activity providers were organised, from surfing with Freedom Surf School in Tramore, to cycling the Greenway with Greenway Waterford to team building at the Waterford Escape Rooms.