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Making friends and settling in

At NTU, you’ll be joining a community of staff and students from over 160 countries. There are lots of social opportunities in the Global Lounges, Students’ Union and virtually to enhance your university experience and your employability skills and to make life-long friends from all over the world.

International students in Global Lounge laughing

Welcome to the Global Lounge

What are the Global Lounges?

The Global Lounges are open to all NTU and NTIC students and staff. These dedicated spaces are based on campus and virtually to provide opportunities to internationalise your CV and broaden your horizons.

As an NTU student, you can get involved with making friends from around the world, taking part in cultural events, learning new languages, volunteering with us, or finding out about study abroad opportunities.

Where are the Global Lounges?

The Global Lounges are located at the City Campus and Clifton Campus and online via the Virtual Global Lounge to support all students from the UK, EU, and further abroad in enhancing their university experience.

City Campus Global Lounge: 23 Goldsmith Street

Opening times
Mondays to Thursdays 9 am – 7 pm
Fridays 9 am – 5 pm
Out of term time 9 am – 5 pm

Clifton Campus Global Lounge: Mary-Ann Evans building, room 126

Opening times
Mondays to Fridays 9 am – 5 pm
Out of term time 10 am – 4 pm

Make sure to visit us in the lounges or online. It’s the next step in settling into your new life here.

You’ll be welcome any time – you don’t need an appointment.

Students playing cards in the Global Lounge

Social activities

Our Global Lounge teams organise social activities throughout the year, many take place in The Virtual Global Lounge and in the physical Global Lounge spaces at the City and Clifton Campuses. Take a look at our timetable of events here for further information

We’ve listed a few of these events and activities in detail below and hope you'll soon be involved. If you’re interested in organising your own event, please email us.

Global Opportunities

Take part in global opportunities throughout the year to connect with peers from around the world to learn something new about a culture or a global issue.

Here's a taste of just some of the exciting opportunities you could get involved with:

  • Global Lounges

    The Global Lounges are open to all NTU and NTIC students and staff. These dedicated spaces are based on campus and virtually to provide opportunities to internationalise your CV and broaden your horizons.

    Whether you visit the Global Lounges or the Virtual Global Lounge you can expect to:

    NTU students love the lounges and Kane, currently studying MSc Management and Innovation & Enterprise at NTU, describes the Global Lounges as “Friendly, Providing opportunities and Intercultural".

    Events hosted at our Global Lounges and on our Virtual Global Lounge include movie nights, a book club, guided meditation and games afternoons, opportunities to learn new languages, and plenty of live chats with our student Global Lounge Assistants. Take a look at the events timetable here or follow our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram accounts.

    Our friendly team is here to help you with any questions, please contact NTUGloballounge@ntu.ac.uk. We look forward to seeing you in-person or virtually!

    City Campus

    23 Goldsmith Street

    Monday to Thursday, 9 am – 7 pm; Friday 9 am – 5 pm (term time)

    Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm (out of term time)

    +44 (0)115 848 2139

    Clifton Campus

    Mary Ann Evans 126
    Monday to Friday
    9 am – 5 pm (term time)

    10 am – 4 pm (out of term time)

    +44 (0)115 848 2139

    To make a booking or get involved with our activities, please contact one of the following people:

  • Language practice opportunities

    Language Café 

    Practise speaking different languages in a friendly and relaxed environment online in the Virtual Global Lounge with our student volunteers. Whether it is Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Arabic, English, or any other language, you'll have the chance to improve, teach, and show off your skills!

    As an NTU student, you can take part in the Language Café on Tuesdays, 5 pm – 7 pm, and Thursdays, 2 pm – 4 pm.

    "I really enjoyed the weekly language cafe. A free, safe, and inclusive space to speak with people of different cultures is the perfect way to practise or learn any language." - Ruqaya Malik, Legal Practice Course LLM student at NTU

    You can also become a Language Café volunteer. If you're fluent in more than one language and are interested in learning and teaching languages, then this is the role for you. We are looking for applicants that can make students feel welcome and prepare topics of conversation to help deliver a language and collect feedback from students. If you'd like to get involved, email ntugloballounge@ntu.ac.uk and we'll send you more information.

    Language in Tandem

    If you would like to practise a language one on one, then we can find you a language exchange partner. We'll pair you up with a native speaker of the language you want to learn. For example, if your first language is English and you want to learn Spanish, we'll find a fluent Spanish speaker wanting to improve their English.

    You'll arrange to meet for an hour or more every week (this can also be online), and each of you will benefit from at least 30 minutes of language practice.

    The scheme is open to all NTU staff and students. Whatever language you speak, at whatever level, sign up today! Please email us at ntugloballounge@ntu.ac.uk if you have any questions.

  • Global Week at NTU

    Global Week is a week-long festival celebrating and showcasing Nottingham Trent University’s international community on campus.

    Throughout the week, the staff and students of NTU, Confetti, and Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), alongside community partners from Nottingham and beyond hold a series of stalls and events across our campuses.

    This annual event is organised to celebrate the vast array of cultures at the university, which is home to approximately 5,200 EU and international students from around 160 different countries.

    Through art, dancing, sport, and food, Global Week connects and celebrates the array of cultural heritages in the NTU community. It’s a chance for our staff and students to extend their international perspectives and enjoy global experiences right here on campus.

    "As part of Global Week, I delivered my own stand to represent my Lebanese cultural heritage, not once but three years in a row! I've made many friends and contacts, developed my confidence and communication as well as developing my global mindset and becoming even more culturally aware." - NTU Photography student, Rasha Kotaiche.

    Global Week also highlights serious global issues such as sustainability, biodiversity, human rights, and global poverty. In 2020, NTU Global made a pledge to reduce waste by no longer offering plastic giveaways during Global Week, but instead to concentrate on increasing biodiversity in Nottingham, by working closely with the NTU Sustainable Development Team to purchase several campus-based beehives.

    Find out more about Global Week and how you can be involved next year: www.ntu.ac.uk/globalweek and watch Global Week 2020. Please email us with any questions: ntugloballounge@ntu.ac.uk

  • Studying abroad

    Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity to enrich your degree by experiencing other cultures and developing skills to add to your CV.

    With short and long-term options available through our global network of over 300 partner institutions — and across all of our Schools and subjects — we'll support you in developing personally, professionally and academically.

    NTU students can choose from many different travel destinations and it’s easy to apply for scholarships to help with the cost of travelling.

    Here is what our students have to say about travelling abroad:

    “I’ve developed new skills, made new friends, learnt about other cultures and feel more confident as a result of the trip.” – Fenniecia Smith, studying Accounting and Finance travelled to Europe.

    “It was a very grounding and eye-opening experience that everyone should experience. It made me more confident and less stressed.” - Weronika Zaspa, studying Fine Art travelled to Malaysia

    Visit our study abroad webpages to find out where your course could take you. Please email us with any questions: ntuglobal@ntu.ac.uk

  • Global Employability Award

    As an NTU student, you’ll have the chance to enhance your CV by taking part in the Global Employability Award.

    This is an exciting award delivered by the Employability team in collaboration with NTU Global to support students in becoming global graduates through meaningful experiences, such as volunteering for our Language Café, organising a cultural event, representing a culture or a global issue at our annual Global Week celebration, becoming a Global Lounge Assistant, taking part in challenges and much more.

    The award is open to all students but may appeal to those who are interested in working internationally or improving their international profile, or who want to work with people from diverse communities within the UK.

    What are the benefits of the Global Employability Award?

    • Develops your global appeal by highlighting your international related skills and experience
    • Helps you stand apart from others – giving you a unique selling point on your CV
    • Rewards and recognises the extra you have done outside of your course through a formal certificate and contributes to your HEAR

    “Participating in the award has been extremely rewarding. To my surprise, the online activities were selected to be specific to the job role whilst giving me essential life skills. The courses have given me a new outlook on working across cultural boundaries.”- Ruqaya Mailk is currently studying Legal Practice Course LLM at NTU.

    If you are interested in taking part in this award, you can register now and start gaining your extracurricular international experience and when the Award commences you can simply add your points to your record.

    If you have any queries, please contact the team at Acceler8@ntu.ac.uk

  • Working and volunteering

    Develop your confidence, make new friends and gain skills and experience to add to your CV by joining our global community.

    The Global Student Opportunities Team has many opportunities that you can take part in including:

    • Global Lounge Assistant – paid, part-time role to work in the City or Clifton Global Lounge, and on the Virtual Global Lounge. These opportunities are promoted on Unitemps and Futurehub
    • Global Week volunteer – represent your culture or a global issue you care about
    • Cultural Ambassador – organise a cultural event or an event or activity around a global issue you care about online or in the Global Lounge
    • Language Café Volunteer – help other students learn and practise a language. We ask you to do at least 10 sessions throughout the academic year.
    • Global Summer School Volunteer – Welcome and support international students who are doing a Global Summer School programme at NTU. You’ll also be able to attend a course for free. Visit our Global Summer Schools section for more information on this exciting scheme, and to find out how you can get involved.
    • Student Exchange Buddies – for students that have travelled as part of an exchange or work placement who would like to give advice and guidance to other students that are preparing to do the same thing as well as to support visiting international exchange students at NTU.

    If you’re interested in working or volunteering with NTU Global please email: ntugloballounge@ntu.ac.uk

    These opportunities also count towards your Acceler8 Global Award and HEAR, or you can use them towards your continuing professional development (CPD). They’re all great ways to internationalise your profile during your time at NTU.

Students drinking tea

Your Students' Union

Coming to NTU isn’t just about studying. You’ll make new friends, try new things and do all the things you already love too.

And Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU) is here to help you with all that and more.

NTSU runs student social societies and sports clubs, and arranges trips to famous places in the UK.

The Students’ Union also represents you – to make sure your voice is heard and international students are well represented.

When you enrol at the University you're automatically a member of the Students’ Union. Get to know them as soon as you arrive; the Union's a great place to meet people and get advice and support when settling in.

You’ll get a Students’ Union card. This will get you discounts at all sorts of shops, and restaurants, as well as cheaper travel around the city.

Every university in the UK has a student union, offering services and social activities to students. It's run by students, for students.

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Clubs and societies

There are over 80 social and sports clubs and societies run by the NTSU for you to get involved in.

You’re sure to find something you’re interested in. But if not, you can always start your own!

You can see the full range of clubs and societies you can join on the NTSU website.

You can also find information on how to start your own, and details of upcoming events and the support we have available to you.

Students eating cake

Welcome Week

If you're starting in September, Welcome Week is a really important week as you settle in to student life.

It's a busy programme of activities and events designed to provide you with essential information and to help you meet fellow students so you can start to feel at home.

We run a series of welcome activities for international students like you, as many arrive before Welcome Week begins and need extra support.

Winter Welcome

For those starting postgraduate studies in January, we organise a Winter Welcome. Just as fun and packed with activities as Welcome Week, on a smaller scale.

Diverse faith traditions sharing their perspective on prayer at the Global Lounge

Faith

Our Chaplaincy team is led by our coordinating chaplain Reverend Richard Davey who is a Christian Anglican priest.

The Chaplaincy team also has Jewish, Muslim, and Catholic chaplains.

We have Muslim prayer rooms across our campuses:

  • City Campus – DiCE building
  • Clifton Campus – Student Support Services building
  • Brackenhurst Campus – Pippin building

You may be interested in becoming a faith ambassador through our Faith Ambassadors Project – an initiative that’s promoting the value of faith across NTU and the wider community.

International support

Help and support

Feeling homesick?

Remember that it is normal to feel homesick sometimes.

We know that starting a new life at university in a new country can be difficult and we’re here to help.

If you’re finding it hard and want someone to talk to please read our further advice or email our international student support service team at int.support@ntu.ac.uk.

Still need help?

Global student experience team
+44 (0)115 848 4362