A joyful day for the Incoming International Students

18.10.2021

The hybrid event allowed our students from Mexico, China, Russia, Nigeria, USA, Pakistan, Republic of Moldova and Iran to network. Picture: Fulda Univeristy of Applied Sciences/ Departement of Nursing and Health Sciences

For the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences it is very important that the international students feel welcomed and supported at the beginning of their academic journey and at the start of a new life in Fulda. A full-day event for incoming students was held as part of the introductory weeks for that purpose. To ensure that students who were unable to come to Fulda could attend, it was carried out in hybrid mode.

The event was part of the so-called "Rock it Together" project that aims to create a space where international students of the department can get to know each other and create a supportive community that will sustain them through their study program.

To start the day, the International Coordinator of the department Annika Salzmann and the Study Coordinator of the study program International Health Sciences, Gretje Wittmann, warmly welcomed the first-semester international students.

To warm up, some ice-breaking games helped to create a relaxed atmosphere and enabled students to get to know each other and start bonding. There was a lot of laughter in the room, as well as on the screen from the online participants.

After that incoming students were introduced to the vast network of academic, career, social and recreational resources available at Fulda University.

In the afternoon, after having lunch at the Mensa, students attended a workshop on cultural learning. Dr. Pritima Chainani-Barta, responsible for Interculturality at the University, talked in a very charismatic way about the challenges that international students might face and presented strategies for how to successfully tackle them.

No doubt the students had a lovely day. Pika Plaznik Canc, who is herself an international student from Slovenia, starting her 5th semester of International Health Sciences, and who also works as a coordinator of the "Rock it Together" project, stated: "I am happy to see how students are already feeling like home in our department and I am excited that more events are to follow during the winter semester."

For more information on the events that will be organised as part of "Rock it Together", visit the "Student portal - All about studies" on Moodle.

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