XJTLU Welcomed New International Students!

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University welcomed more than 370 students from outside the Chinese mainland with an onsite induction session on 5 September. They have joined XJTLU as undergraduates, exchange and visiting students, master’s degree students, Chinese language students, and PhD students.

“It’s great to welcome international students back to campus,” says Kirsty Mattinson, Director of XJTLU Global. “This year’s new students come from over sixty countries across five continents. They bring extra vibrancy and excitement to our growing university.”

Kirsty Mattinson, Director of XJTLU Global

A panel of leaders from across the University and from the Exit and Entry Bureau in Suzhou covered topics important to the students’ integration into XJTLU and living on the Chinese mainland. These included accommodations, learning tools, visa compliance and other regulations, insurance, health and safety, learning the Chinese language, student counselling, career development, and sports and clubs. They also answered questions from students in the audience.

XJTLU’s induction panel for students from outside the Chinese mainland

Students who attended the induction session commented on why they decided to study at XJTLU, what they think so far, and what they hope for while studying at the University.

Claudia Kindig, an exchange student from Germany studying business administration, said she chose the University because all modules are taught in English and because of its marketing offerings.

She also said she anticipates a rich international experience.

“I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of new people from around the world and improving my English,” she said.

Fernando Artúnez Arnold, who is from Mexico and is studying robotics and digital systems, said that as an exchange student, he had several locations to choose from. He said he chose China because he wants to study the Chinese language and to learn more about workplaces in the area. He said he specifically chose XJTLU because of its location and atmosphere.

“It’s close to Shanghai and it has a very good community of students. It’s very friendly with foreign students,” he said.

Florian Walz, an exchange student in finance from Germany, said he is impressed by how modern Suzhou is.

Bryan Wang, a Year Three exchange student from Canada studying computer science, also says he is impressed by XJTLU’s hometown.

“I think Suzhou is a very beautiful place,” he said. “I really love the history that’s woven inside the city and how vibrant it is.”

Graciela de la Luz Hernandez Figueroa, an undergraduate exchange student from Mexico, is studying BA international business. She said she is impressed with the size of the University and its opportunities.

“It is a huge school, with a lot of things to do,” she said.

Walz also commented on the campus environment: “It looks like everything has been constructed rather newly, so it’s quite nice.”

The induction session followed a week of XJTLU Global’s in-person welcome and initial assistance to new students. Over four days, staff and volunteer students met new students arriving at Shanghai’s Pudong and Hongqiao airports and brought them to their accommodations in Suzhou by bus.

XJTLU Global staff also facilitated onsite registration, took students to their designated health check centres and answered questions.

XJTLU teams welcoming new students at the airport.

This article was originally published by XJTLU Global.

READ MORE: What is it like studying in XJTLU in Suzhou?

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an emerging international educational institution established through a collaborative effort between China’s Xi’an Jiaotong University and the University of Liverpool in the UK. As a unique Sino-Foreign cooperative university, it embodies the best qualities of its esteemed parent institutions and holds the distinction of being the sole university of its kind sanctioned by China’s Ministry of Education.

XJTLU provides undergraduate degree programs in the domains of science, engineering, and management, conferring degrees both from its own Chinese accreditation and the University of Liverpool.

Learn more and apply for XJTLU’s programs through the China Admissions platform.


Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. As an independent Sino-foreign cooperative university, it captures the essence of both prestigious parent universities and is the largest of such universities approved by the Ministry of Education in China.

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