Just currently sat on my bed, got a bit of a cold so decided to have a chill day and write a new blog post. I wanted to share some information about the induction week for international students, what was involved etc.
So, I got sent a timetable in August showing me what was going to happen when I arrived in France. The induction officially started on the 4th September and lasted a week, campus was quiet around this time as the French students were scheduled to start later.
This was the first time all of the international students met each other in person, I say this because there was a Facebook group that the University’s Erasmus team had created so some people had already started writing each other before they arrived. I didn’t as I find it easier to make friends in person but anyways there were snacks for us to snack on (croissants!) and we spent an hour or so just mingling and trying to get to know everyone. We also got given a planner and some other information booklets about the uni and then afterwards a mini tour of the campus. I know that in Leicester ‘Freshers week’ is a lot of fun but here I had French lessons for 3 hours every day. I mean, it’s not a bad thing because it helped me to remember all the French I’d forgotten over summer but It was tiring and not so fun as you can imagine, 3 hours is a long class.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
These days were similar, the lessons continued and we had information talks everyday for example a tour of the library, how to use the computer system, an explanation about the sports and culture modules that you can do here and the Erasmus team talked about the plans they had for us (such as: karaoke evenings, trips to museums etc.) However, on the Friday there was a test, basically to determine our French level if we wanted to continue with French classes throughout the semester. It was done on the computer and it wasn’t too bad although the computer had a self timer so when it ran out, the exercise just shut off. There was a listening, reading, grammar and writing section, I believe it took about an hour and a half.
Saturday was a free day and on Sunday there was a walking excursion to ‘les Alpilles aux Baux-de-Provence’. I didn’t go, it was free and they took everyone on a coach but It involved more than 3 hours of walking and I didn’t have the shoes nor the energy to do that! But some of my friends went and the photos looked really good!
That was basically the induction week! After the induction week, the Erasmus group have been putting on events for us every week and also my friends and I have planned some of our own mini day trips (but that’s a whole new blog!).
Have a great day and don’t worry about making friends or getting lost, after the induction week you should know your way around pretty well and you’ll have some classmates that you’ll get on with.