THOUSANDS of Young people are flocking to Preston this week as the new university year gets underway.
Among the freshers at the University of Central Lancashire are more than 600 overseas students from over 120 different countries.
As Welcome Week - as Freshers is now known, the new international students from countries including China, Lithuania, the USA, Oman and Poland, received a warm welcome with a host of activities designed to introduce them to British culture.
This included walking and cycling tours around the city, 10 - pin bowling and a traditional afternoon tea.
Pauline Kirijanovaite, a 20-year-old student from the Lithuanian Academy for Theatre and Music, will spend a semester at UCLan.
She said: “So far I have loved everything about UCLan and Preston.
“I want to make the most of my time here, both in regard to my studies and through meeting new people and travelling to new places.”
Sheryas Dhavileswanapu is from Dubai and about to start a three-year degree in games design.
He said: “I’ve been to the UK before but never to the North of England so it’s something completely new and exciting. I’m really looking forward to getting started.”
Besides an introduction to the social welcome activities, the international students have been provided with access to a buddy to help them settle in.
The buddies are either a current student or recent graduate who is multi-lingual and knows the university and Preston very well.