Nearly 150 new students from all over the world participated in this year’s Orientation Week at the Medical University of Gdańsk. From September 24th to 30th students of the first year of English Division and those beginning part of their studies as part of the Erasmus+ exchange program participated in a series of meetings aimed at familiarizing them with the specifics and conditions of studying at our University, providing assistance in acclimatizing to a new country and city, passing necessary examinations and – for those willing – taking advantage of the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Among the new students, there are those beginning their studies in English at the faculties of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, as well as participants of international exchanges, including the Erasmus+ program. Students from India, Norway, Iran, Sweden, Germany, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Malawi, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, and Great Britain are starting their studies at the MUG.
Freshmen Seminars were hosted by Marzena Kołtoniak from the Welcome Point, with the support of all employees of the University’s Department of Internationalization, the University Admissions Office, and English-language faculty supervisors – Narcyz Knap Ph.D., Damian Szczesny Ph.D., and Katarzyna Gross-Issajewicz M.A. The students were welcomed by Vice-Rector for Student Affairs Dr. Habil. Tomasz Smiatacz, Prof. Maria Dudziak, the Rector’s representative for English-language recruitment and internationalization, and Dr. Habil. Sławomir Wójcik.
Participants of the event had the opportunity to meet their senior colleagues, learn about student organisations and obtain useful information on transportation, health insurance, or documents required in our country. They also watched a virtual tour through the Medical University of Gdańsk. The program also included Polish language classes conducted by lecturers from the Department of Foreign Languages, as well as visits to the University Admissions Office and Dean’s Offices to register and complete documents.
The OW students also took part in an integration event – Integration Grill in the Dorms, which took place on 25 September. In previous years (before the outbreak of the pandemic), the integration event was organized by 7 Pomeranian universities, associated with the project Study in Pomorskie under the patronage of the Office of the Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodeship. The last edition was held in 2019 at the Gdańsk Shipyard Centre for over 1,000 new students.
At the same time, MUG senior students organised the following event from September 27 to October 3. Freshmen Orientation 2021 – a week full of activities conducive to getting to know and integrating new students into the MUG community.
Photo: Paweł Sudara, Zbigniew Wszeborowski/MUG