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Last week Plantijn University College greeted it’s second group of international students during the Erasmus welcome week and welcome day.


Students from partner universities in Turkey, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden and many more all gathered to explore the city and get acquainted with each other as they begin their journey in Antwerp.

The week consisted of city tours, a short course in basic Dutch, ESN organized events and finally the welcome day (which is the only mandatory part for the new students).

Despite poor weather around 20 students got together for the first time two weeks ago along with AP’s Erasmus student counsellor Annelies Verstraeten and were shown the sights of Antwerp.

They were joined by 20 more students for the mandatory welcome day on the 15th which was a big success. After some educational talks about the city, university college and ESN, the students ventured to Gate 15 for some Belgian fries for lunch before taking part in the brand new speed friending activity.

 Similarly to speed dating, in speed friending you are sat opposite a person you have never met before and are given five minutes to find out everything you can about that person before the bell rings, at which point you move on to the next person.

The speed friending seemed to go down a treat with the Erasmus students as it turned what can sometimes be an awkward first meeting in to a fun, lively and exciting activity. 

Once the ice was broken, the students were much more relaxed with each other as they were shown the final hot spots of Antwerp before being taken to the town hall for an amusing and friendly welcome talk from Claude Marinower, the alderman of education, along with a few drinks.

We hope our new arrivals will enjoy their time in this wonderfully unique city.