Never more foreign students participated in Orientation Week

Varied events and warm welcoming
Never more foreign students participated in Orientation Week

Never have more foreign students participated in the Orientation Week, but a total of 65 foreign students attended. This semester, students from 12 countries are doing exchange studies at UNAK, and this is one of the largest groups of exchange students that UNAK has had. There have never been more foreign students at UNAK, and they come from 21 countries.

Sigrid Skov Fleischer is one of the exchange students this semester. "I’m from Denmark and i choose the University of Akureyri because I really love Iceland. I’ve been here several times now, but never in the north of Iceland – also because of the courses – the other universities in Iceland do not have Icelandic as foreign language. I really want to learn Icelandic because I really want to go to Hólar for the equine studies. Then I also where spruced that the Akureyri as a city where almost CO2 neutral and I were very excited about that," says Sigrid.

The International Office oversees a reception of foreign exchange students and holds a special reception in English for new foreign students at UNAK.

"Students get an introduction to the university's support services, which is actually structured in a similar way to Nýnemi 101. However, the presentations are a little more detailed and we also emphasize that everyone is included in the study and teaching system of UNAK and that the students know where to access all the information in English related to studies and services at UNAK. The day ends with a barbecue offered by SHA for lunch, the ringing of the Íslandsklukkan (e. Icelandic bell) as well as a scavenger hunt and other entertainment organized by SHA," says Rúnar Gunnarsson, director of the International Office.

Sigrid says that she is particularly happy with the program organized by the International Office for foreign students. "All of the staff and students where so nice and welcoming. I really loved the energy from Hildur and Rúnar and from the Student Union. Also, I loved that the Student Union were playing Danish music, Nik & Jay and Medina, I loved it," says Sigrid who is happy after the first days at the university. She hopes to make good friends, develop and learn during her stay in Akureyri.