Experiencing Orientation Abroad

My study abroad journey continues….


As a CQUGlobal Outbound exchange student enrolment is really easy. I am classed as an ISVP direct entry student here, which means there is no visas or finances to process. Everyone seems to know who I am and I have already been enrolled in my modules for the semester. Student card in hand, library code sorted – let the lectures begin.

But first … orientation University of Bradford (UoB) style

The usual campus and library tours plus city tours, discos and pub crawls, day trips to nearby towns Skipton, Bolton Abby, Saltaire, Haworth, and York, an IKEA shopping trip (for those of us without a car that need a few home comforts), and the student union “Freshers Week” activities.

Freshers Week

£35 gets you entry to all the UoB student events: welcome party, free movies, seven parties including acts such as Stomzy, Huw Stephens, Tom Zanetti, DC Breaks, Ko Kane, Swerve, and Dr Sensible, massive seven venue pub crawl, foam party, comedy night with Carl Connelly, Mark Smith, Ahir Shah and MCing, Mad Hatters Tea Party, plus a free unlimited photobooth to capture your week in print. Phew!

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Curry Day in Lister Park

Unfortunately the rain spoilt the numbers expected at this event. However, this didn’t stop me from walking across the road and enjoying a curry lunch along with DJ music, and getting to know some of the local people and businesses. On both Saturday and Sunday!!

Saltaire Festival

Saltaire, a little historical town in countryside England, is a real inspiration for socially responsible business ethics that a very forward thinking Sir Titus Salt, built in 1851-1876. Revived by Jonathan Silver in 1986, the town is alive again and in 2001 it became a UNESCO Heritage site.  The Saltaire Festival is held over 10 days and involves amazing bands, crafts, food and entertainment. The turn-out was amazing on the two days that I attended. A real community celebration.

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All this before study begins!?!   What an absolutely amazing, busy, jam-packed 10 days!!