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Trent International Welcomes the World to Peterborough

August 30, 2017

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

President Leo Groarke wishes new international students well before their first paddling experience
President Leo Groarke wishes new international students well before their first paddling experience

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.