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International students from York College, Askham Bryan College, the University of York and York St John University received a civic welcome to the city of York by the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor, Cllr Ian Gillies, at an event organised by Higher York in the Mansion House. Each year, York’s universities and colleges become home to over 4,000 international students, who bring fantastic cultural diversity to the city. 

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The Lord Mayor said: ‘International students bring so much to our city and I’m delighted to be able to welcome them to York on behalf of residents. I hope they will enjoy their time in the city and come to think of York as a home from home during their time here.’

International students come to York from a wide range of countries and bring with them new ideas, traditions and important international connections which help make York recognised as an important city on the European and world stage.

University of York student Aimee Alexander, from the USA, said: ‘I was accepted to universities in London, but I felt the North's famous friendliness would be a better fit when I moved so far from home. I chose York because of the University’s academic reputation and the culture of the city. I feel very welcome here, and I am honoured to have attended the Lord Mayor's Welcome Event.’

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Paul Murphy, Director of Higher York said: ‘The partnership between York’s colleges and universities continues to flourish and we are delighted to be able to lay on this joint event in order to demonstrate how very much we welcome and value our students from around the world.’

Photo credit : Damian James Bramley, DJBPhotography.com

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