University College (Castle), has a very vibrant student community filled with the ever growing prospect of new opportunities to get involved in around every corner. For all new students this could be quite daunting at first, however the International freshers’ week & general freshers’ week will leave you prepared and ready to embark on your adventure.
The best advice anyone could give you during your time at the college, is that of opening yourself to get involved within the college activities. This is quite easily done with various college societies and sports clubs, by engaging you set yourself up for a well-rounded and healthy university experience. With regards to the sports clubs, please take not that there is no prerequisite with regards to skill or knowledge of the sport to get involved, thus this is the perfect opportunity to try something new.
Always remember that as a college we are a very multinational community and chances are high you’ll be making friends from all over the globe. This, in itself, is an exciting prospect, and would always ensure that there’s something new to learn around the breakfast, lunch and dinner table, as conversations can travel thousands of miles in the blink of an eye.
During the international freshers’ week, all international students will have the opportunity to be aided and guided by international Freps on and how to open a British bank account. This will have to be done in order to pay tuition and accommodation fees and would generally make life for you as a student easier while staying in the United Kingdom.
Below are some general links which provide some pre-arrival reading with regards to the whole banking process.
Furthermore, you can find a map of the banks in Durham here, which should help you in your decision.
The International Committee
The international committee is a group within the college that is chaired by the International welfare officer, and the international Freps. It exists to provide practical support to all international students during the international freshers’ week as well as the academic year. If you would like some further advice on Visa’s, what to bring, how to get to Castle, more information can be found here.
In collaboration with the JCR Campaigns Officer and the rest of the welfare team the committee will aim to provide a variety of events to committee members. These events could include language classes, themed formals, movie nights and possible cultural food exchanges. Furthermore, the events aren’t limited to just these and we aim to hold them at least twice a term.
It should be noted that any member of the JCR can join the international committee in permanent or temporary status. The committee will also meet twice a term to discuss international events and as a general Q & A for committee members. Chaired committee members are replaced annually after the appropriate JCR elections have taken place.
International Welfare Officer: Jasper Wiese
“Hi everyone, I’m Jasper and I am studying Anthropology. I’ll be your ‘international welfare officer’ for the coming year and I’m looking forward to meeting you all!
When I’m not knocking back cappuccinos in one of Durham’s lovely coffee shops, I’ll be out on the sports field hopefully not getting knocked back myself.
An interesting fact about myself would be that my favourite day of a month would have to be the 31st.”
International Fresher Reps:
“Hi everyone I am Carl, one of your IFreps. I am now in my second year studying economics.
While I am originally from Germany, I now fully embrace the British culture. As you would expect from an economist, I spent a lot of my free time last year organising stuff such as June Ball or Arts Week.
You will also see me on Bar or Security. Moreover, I do love good coffee and movies.
Degree: Politics Philosophy and Economics
Interests: Surfing, wearing wellies, playing in the snow, unicorns, working in the Undie (our college Bar).
Random fact: I am secretly-not-so-secretly a 9-year-old child.
Hi, I’m Daniel and I study Combined honours in Social Science (I’m not great at choosing).
I used to play football a lot, but with great love of food comes great tubbyness so I now reside on the rugby pitch most Wednesday afternoons.
I also sometimes utilise my sub-par guitar skills to ‘entertain’ in the undie.
Degree: Chemistry (that’s the one with the shapes right? Hit me up if you get the reference)
Interests: working bar, tennis, beer (I know, I’m a legend), playing the guitar