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International students get a taste of Europe

European trip

Wed 9th May, 2012

It would be a wasted opportunity, once you have travelled halfway around the globe to study in England, not to visit its neighbours like France and Holland.

So that’s what a group of 130 international students at the University of Bedfordshire recently did, getting a taste of European culture by visiting the sights and sounds of Paris and Amsterdam.

The trip was organised by the University’s International Office for international students during the Easter break, to complement their study time in the UK.

The postgraduate students, who come from countries including China, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan, gave the trip their seal of approval. 

“The tour on the whole was excellent - I would give it an A grade,” said Shankar Venkatakrishnan from India, who is studying for an MSc in Information Systems and Business Management at the University.

Asghar Khokhar, from Pakistan, who is studying for an MSc in Computer Networking said: “The trip was really well organised. I have made lots of new friends and have great memories from the visit. I’d like to thank Shahzad and the team for organising such a successful and fun filled trip.”

MSc Telecommunications Management student Usman Arshad from Pakistan added: “The trip was really awesome. We were quite a large group but the International Office handled the whole trip really smoothly. I really appreciate these trips and look forward to future visits.”

Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Relations) Professor Ashraf Jawaid said: “I’m delighted the International Student trip to Amsterdam and Paris was so successful.

“A key part of our University's mission is to ensure all our students have the best possible student experience when they are with us. The International Office plays a key part organising special social events and trips for our international students, to encourage them to get the most out of their stay in the UK. These include welcome parties hosted through the year for international students and regular day trips to cities like London, Oxford, and Brighton.”

The University has some 24,000 students across five campuses. Of that total more than 4,400 international students currently study at the University.

Shahzad Bhatti, International Office Events Co-ordinator, and Craig Dewis, Office Administrator, helped to organise the trip assisted by University staff helpers; Iqbal Mohammad Saqib, Asghar Muhammad Nabeel , Clement Emeka Akpang, Murshed F H M Feroz, Madhukar Mathekar Palvi and Jingying Zhu.

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