On October 16th, Andreas Wolter, mayor of Cologne invited all international students and scholars to a welcome reception at the City Hall.
All the international students starting their studies in the city were invited to attend, for which our CBS students had the opportunity to meet new international students. The event began at 2:30 in the Spanischer Bau were a student played some songs on the piano to open the reception. Afterwards students heard some warm welcoming speeches from the mayor Andreas Wolter, and a speech from Jörg Schmitz, CEO of the Kölner Studentenwerk as well.
Once the official part of the reception ended, we were invited to some snacks and drinks. At this point, the students had the chance to walk around several stands of all the organisations and student clubs we have in Cologne; for example, the Latin American club, the European international students club, and many others. Students got to know new people as well as subscribe to the clubs of their interest in order for them to have a better and easier integration in Cologne.
At 4:00 pm a guided tour through the city was offered for the students to walk around the hot spots of the city and enjoy the main attractions Cologne has to offer.