The University of Suffolk has held its first International Festival to celebrate the international community at the University, funded through the Student Experience Fund.
The first day of the festival was student day, where students could learn about opportunities to study and work abroad and create their own flag in a drop-in session with local craft company Rock Paper Scissors.
The University Dance Society also held a 1-hour dance session, where students and staff learnt Estonian and Spanish traditional dances – which was broadcast on Facebook live for all to enjoy who could not make the session.
Carolina Porquer Pomar, an international student from Spain and member of the University Dance Society commented, “The international festival was interactive and inclusive. I really enjoyed the fact that you could scratch the country you come from and colour your own flag, as it is really interesting to see where other international students from this uni come from.
“We at the UOS Dance society appreciate our participation in this festival, hoping that we brought a sense of community and knowledge of dances around the world.”
The second day was the staff day, where staff could find out about opportunities to work abroad, learn more about the International Staff Network and tuck into an international buffet – with treats such as halloumi rolls, samosas and spring rolls on offer.
Student Life Advisor Emily Mason described the event as “a great success”, with members of the International team engaging with many international staff and students, and helping to raise awareness of the numerous support programs available.
Emily added: “We hope that the event will become an annual event and will continue to grow.”
“Our next event will be an International Student Summer Trip next month, where we are asking students to vote for where they would like to visit – currently Framlingham Castle is in the lead!”
University of Suffolk Press Office