St George's is taking part in a campaign to show solidarity with international students wishing to study in the UK.

calendar-icon 28 October 2016

The #WeAreInternational campaign was first developed by the University of Sheffield and its Students’ Union to celebrate the contribution of international students to academic and university life in the UK.

It has been relaunched nationally following the EU referendum result and St George's is one of the registered supporters along with over 100 UK universities and colleges, the British Council and the Home Office.

Ferdi Bulmer, International Officer, said: "This is a great opportunity to counter some of the negative headlines we've seen in the press and reminds everyone that St George's and other UK universities remain steadfastly outward-looking and welcoming to the international student population."

Our international students - in their own words

Chantal and Bukola (pictured above) are St George's Student Union's current International Officers. Here's what they have to say about studying at St George's:

"On United Nations Day, we got George's students to scratch off where they come from and have lived on a scratch map. Together, we nearly scratched off the whole world map.

"At George's, every student is assigned a mom or dad in the year above. It's a great way for people from all backgrounds and nationalities to mix with one another.

"The Students' Union puts on fantastic events like the Multicultural Dinner, Chinese New Year Boat Party, and even gives international students the opportunity to spend a weekend with a British host family.

"With over 100 nationalities on campus, sometimes St George’s feels like the World Health Organisation in miniature!"

Six things to know about how we support international students

1. Tooting, where we are based, is one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the country. We want all nationalities to feel welcome at St George's.

2. We strive to offer a friendly environment for international students at Horton Halls, our hall of residence - only 20 minutes from the main campus.

3. Every month, students gather at a St George’s themed international lunch, with all kinds of cuisines from pizza to tandoori.

4. St George's has a buzzing student population with over 30 sports clubs to join, and a host of student societies from theatre to religion and modern languages.

5. The St George’s Chaplaincy is open to students of all faiths or none. Find out more about our equality and diversity provision for religion and belief.

6. Our advisory service helps international students with visa and accommodation advice. The Student Centre is the place to go for information and support on anything affecting students, including fees, exams, accommodation and careers.

Watch the #WeAreInternational video