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Blog: Celebrating International Week

Royal Holloway is without a doubt, an international university. Our international students come from across the globe to be part of a vibrant campus community, which makes our International Week a true celebration of cultural diversity on campus.

Last week, I attended a series of events to learn from other international student leaders, where I also heard from field experts on the important contributions international students bring to higher education, which is definitely a call for celebration!

It’s also important to recognise that while we’re celebrating global cultures, starting life in a new country as an international student can often be an incredibly daunting experience. You will meet new people who have unique ideas and encounter unexpected challenges, whether that’s finding the right housemate or dealing with stress about assessments. That’s why it’s always good to have some home comforts. While it’s impossible to cover all cultures during International Week, you might just find a little piece of home here in Egham.

Over the course of this week, we’ll be hosting a range of exciting events in collaboration with our culture and faith societies, so there’ll be something for everyone to try out. Fancy learning a new dancing style? We’ve got you covered. Or maybe you want something a little more relaxed? We have just the thing with our Mindful Meditation. Whatever you’re looking for, make sure to take this opportunity to engage with your fellow students from across the globe. You never know who you’ll meet!

Be sure to also come down to Tommy’s Kitchen, since for one week only, we’ve added three extra burgers to our menu – Italian Meatball Marinara, Hawaiian Huli Huli, and Greek Feta!

So whether you’re an international or a home student, come along for a week full of events, where we’ll celebrate the diversity of our amazing student body. We’re all looking forward to seeing you there!

Willow Wong // Vice President Welfare & Diversity

Holly Hughes // Vice President Societies & Media