This academic year, more than 2000 new international students from over 70 countries will complete studies at the University of Granada, thanks to the diverse range of mobility programmes available at our institution. The Vice-Rectorate for Internationalization will run Induction Days for these new students from 10 to 11 September 2018, and again in January and February 2019.
Moving to a new study destination can sometimes be a daunting prospect, presenting new challenges and learning environments. The aim of the Induction Days is to give our incoming international students a warm welcome and help them to adjust to living and studying in Granada. The induction sessions are full of opportunities to meet new people, obtain essential information and tips, and tackle important tasks such as finding accommodation and enrolling on courses.
During the sessions, we provide useful information on everything from registering, obtaining the international student card, health cover and residence permits, to joining student societies, volunteering and making the most of the exceptional range of services available at the UGR. Among these services are the Sports Centre (CAD), subsidised Spanish language courses at the Modern Languages Centre (CLM), and the "Casa de Porras" University Cultural Centre, which offers an ample range of leisure and recreational courses. Moreover, our Induction Days will inform students about the broad range of cultural activities organised by the UGR throughout the year, such as concerts, exhibitions, and theatre productions. All of these information sessions will be conducted simultaneously in English and Spanish.
Four general information sessions will be held on Monday 10 September, while faculty-specific sessions will be held at 17 of the UGR’s faculties and schools on Tuesday 11 September. The Faculty of Science Choir will also put on a performance for our newly-arrived international students on the evening of Monday 10.
Additionally, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) have scheduled an introductory meeting to showcase all of the services and activities they offer to our international community — an excellent opportunity for students to network and get to know one another. Throughout the month of September, ESN will also run a host of exciting activities, including a language tandem, a cultural gymkhana, and guided tours of the Albayzín quarter (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and some of the most spectacular viewpoints in Granada.
A key initiative within our internationalization strategy
The UGR continues to receive more incoming Erasmus students than any other European institution, a position it has maintained for over a decade. It also sends more students abroad on Erasmus exchange programmes than any other European University. The Induction Days for International Students are just one of the key activities organised within the framework of the University of Granada’s internationalization strategy, alongside other initiatives such as our Mentor Programme. By offering incoming students top-class services like the Induction Days and Mentor Programme, our University reinforces its reputation as a welcoming and cosmopolitan study destination and maintains its commitment to offering international students a unique and enriching experience.