Birkbeck International Students Cook up a Storm at L’Atelier des Chefs

Students were treated to a kitchen session with professional chef Neal Cooper to learn quick and easy recipes to use throughout their studies.

On Friday 18 of October, twenty international students from the School of Business, Economics and Informatics took part in the first ever Birkbeck cooking class at L’atelier des Chefs. As part of the cookery chain’s Cook, Eat & Run series, Birkbeck students were treated to an hour-long kitchen session with professional chef Neal Cooper. In the space of just sixty minutes, the students were shown how to prepare roast salmon with sweet potato mash alongside a fiery ginger dressing. Naturally, the students could then enjoy their self-prepared meals with a large dessert order of polenta cake.

The cooking classes offered by L’atelier des Chefs have allowed students to learn quick and easy recipes to use throughout their studies and beyond. With the first recipe being a classically British one, future sessions will focus on global cuisine as we celebrate our international student diversity.

By bringing our international students together – all in the name of delicious food – the first Birkbeck cookery class has proven to be a resounding success.

See below for a full insight of the day’s events.

 Further Information:

Share
. Reply . Category: Business Economics and Informatics . Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Managing Culture Shock as an International Student

There’s a real buzz to moving abroad as an international student, but when homesickness strikes, Birkbeck’s Counselling Service are here to help.

On Thursday 17 October, Birkbeck’s new international and exchange students attended an in-depth workshop on the difficulties and trials of culture shock. Mrs Aura Rico of the student counselling team led the workshop, in which new students explored what it means to be away from home, surrounded by unfamiliar faces and in the centre of a bustling London. We have to admit, it’s not always the most familiar environment.

Throughout this workshop, students were given a thorough insight into what culture shock can first feel like. After welcoming her audience with a quick trivia quiz, Mrs Rico explored perceived stereotypes of Britain– noting that not all are true! Students then had the opportunity to share their first impressions of life at Birkbeck.

From the initial buzz of living abroad, to feelings of being homesick, culture shock can be felt in a number of phases. Mrs Rico explored the many ways in which culture shock can help us cherish our new experiences, and help us develop into open-minded and independent individuals. Whilst it is very natural to feel a strong culture shock, Birkbeck continues to explore the ways in which students can embrace new experiences in London without a fear of forgetting the familiar.

If you’re suffering from culture shock, or have any need to speak to someone at Birkbeck, please contact our student counselling team or Mrs Aura Rico at a.rico@bbk.ac.uk.

You are not alone!

Further Information:

Share
. Reply . Category: Business Economics and Informatics, College . Tags: , , , , , , ,

Birkbeck launches One World Festival

New students came together to network and find out more about the College’s diverse community.

Image

On Monday 23 September, Birkbeck hosted its inaugural event of the One World Festival 2019/20 – a year-long programme designed to celebrate the College’s international community.

The event was introduced by Professor Kevin Ibeh, Pro Vice-Master (International), who offered his congratulations to arriving students. This was followed by a talk from Lucy Robinson from Birkbeck Futures on the importance of networking for career success.

Students were then given the opportunity to put their networking skills to the test at a welcome reception organised by Andrea Williams and La Young Jackson.

This year’s One World Festival is now officially underway with a variety of events planned throughout the year to celebrate and support Birkbeck’s thriving international student community.

Share
. Reply . Category: Business Economics and Informatics . Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Birkbeck School of Business International London Bus Tour

New international students to the School of Business, Economics and Informatics (BEI) were treated to a tour of London on a 1950s red Routemaster bus.

On Tuesday 8 October, thirty of Birkbeck’s new international students embarked on a whirlwind tour of London on this year’s BEI Bus Tour.

From St. Paul’s Cathedral to the glitz of Piccadilly, newly enrolled students were treated to a comprehensive tour of London’s key sights and streets. What’s more, with a classic 1950s red Routemaster, this was a tour completed in the most quintessentially British way.

After a quick stop off outside City Hall, students were given a walking tour of the eastern Southbank – besides HMS Belfast – before looping into the beating heart of Britain’s financial district. A quick photo opportunity outside St. Paul’s Cathedral doubled as the perfect rest stop before the tour headed towards the West End and Victoria.

Hyde Park Corner saw the students on their home straight before this year’s tour passed along Shaftesbury Avenue and back into Bloomsbury.

Luckily this year the weather was on Birkbeck’s side, for most of the tour anyway…

Here are some shots from an action-packed afternoon of sightseeing.

Birkbeck's red Routemaster bus

 

International students at Birkbeck were treated to a tour of London. Birkbeck international students in front of London Bridge.

The classic red Routemaster bus.

Birkbeck students at the end of the bus tour.

Futher Information:

Share
. Reply . Category: Business Economics and Informatics . Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,