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Welcome to the Start of a New Academic Year from Global Relations

Posted on 23 September 2015

Image of Trinity's Front Square during Freshers' WeekTrinity welcomes its new intake of students for the academic year 2015-16, who began their orientation during Freshers’ Week from 21 to 25 September.  Freshers’ Week is renowned at Trinity College, a week when Front Square comes alive with the buzz and excitement of new students arriving, attending orientation and sampling the offerings of the university’s many student clubs and societies. 

During Freshers’ Week new students, both Irish and international, were welcomed to the university through a series of orientation lectures, talks, tours and meetings with both staff and student mentors.  Dedicated information sessions, organised by the Office of the Vice President for Global Relations, were held for Trinity’s increasing numbers of incoming international students at visiting, undergraduate and postgraduate level.  This year sees a growth in numbers of students arriving from Brazil, China, India and the US.

As part of the events taking place across campus during Freshers’ Week, a host of student clubs and societies filled Front Square, highlighting the abundance of social activities available to students.  Trinity boasts a huge variety of over 200 societies and sports clubs from knitting, golf and rowing to the Japanese, Jazz and Choral Societies.  The ‘Phil’ and the ‘Hist’, Trinity’s historic debating societies, which attract a range of world-renowned guest speakers throughout the year, are ever popular with students.   All of these were out in force during Freshers’ Week, encouraging students to sign up for their respective societies.

Vice President for Global Relations Professor Juliette Hussey said: “We are delighted to welcome new and returning students to Trinity for the new academic year.  I would like to extend a warm welcome in particular to all of our international students coming to us from as far afield as Australia, India, Mauritius and Hong Kong.  I am also thrilled to welcome our 100 plus visiting students from Brazil, who will spend the year with us through the Science without Borders programme.   We have an excellent support system in place for all of our students, with international students being particularly well looked after through our School-based Global Officers, the personal tutor system, the S2S student peer mentor support, dedicated international student orientation sessions and of course our state-of-the-art international student space on campus, the Trinity Global Room.”

Trinity has become an increasingly popular destination for international students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.  The university continues to attract not only Ireland’s top students, but also those from around the world.  The results of the recently published QS World University Rankings confirm Trinity’s place as Ireland’s No. 1 university, maintaining its place in the top world 100 universities with its rankings increasing in the key areas of International Faculty, International Students, Academic and Employer Reputation.

The academic year begins in earnest this week, with teaching commencing for Michaelmas Term on 28 September.  This sees the return of over 17,000 students to Trinity’s historic city centre campus.  The Academic Registry, which integrates in one location the administration of student services such as admissions, fees, registration, timetables and examinations, provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all students during this busy time in the new academic year.
After getting a taste of all things Trinity during Freshers’ Week, students will now be well-prepared to return to their studies this week and engage with all that Trinity has to offer both academically and socially.  On behalf of the Global Relations Team, we extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students, whether you hail from Ireland or further afield.  Go forth and enjoy!