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Trent International Welcomes the World to Peterborough


Unique support for international students encourages on-campus engagement and hands-on Canadian experiences

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

On Tuesday August 29, approximately 250 students from over 75 countries around the world arrived at Trent University to begin a new chapter in their academic journey. 

Held on the Symons campus for the first time, Trent International’s unique orientation week runs from August 29 through to September 1 and provides a rich mix of academic and acculturation support designed to ease international student’s transition to life in Canada and at Trent. Occurring one week prior to the campus-wide orientation for all new students, this tailored session allows Trent’s international community to forge strong bonds with each other and gain a great first impression of Trent University.

“It is a pleasure to welcome this diverse and dynamic group of students to Trent,” said Paul Longhurst, international student advisor, Trent University. “These students are truly global citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. The entire campus community is excited for their arrival and are eager to extend a hand and share all the different things we love about Trent.”

This year’s international orientation will offer many opportunities for new students to experience Trent’s iconic natural environment firsthand. Students will be encouraged to canoe on the Otonabee River, hike on the Lady Eaton Drumlin, join in song and celebration around a campfire, and learn local histories from Indigenous peoples in the area.

The week’s programming will culminate on Thursday evening, when all participants will gather in the Wenjack Theatre for a gala performance where the students’ will share their traditional song, dance, and theatre with each other.

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham – Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.


For more information contact:

Kate Weersink, media relations & strategic communications officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6180 or

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