the i-team

Hi! We’re students from different Oxford colleges. We believe that Jesus died for everyone, from every part of the world, so we want to create opportunities for international students to encounter God and learn about his promises and love for them.

 

     The current situation is stressful, particularly if you’re feeling isolated.  We value community and would love to get to know you and support you however we can.  We want to invite you to join us on Zoom for our 'Virtual Potlucks' each week to share a meal, have some fun, and chat about the things that matter. We also want to offer the opportunity to discuss faith-related questions in your own language. We currently have a number of Language Communities, in Mandarin, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and German. We can support you through prayer, and our international prayer meetings to bring together students around the world.

 

     When we return to normal, we’ll continue all of this in person! And if you are an international student arriving in October, we'd love to warmly welcome you to Oxford by helping you carry your belongings to your college and inviting you to a social before Freshers' week begins. Just look out for us at the bus station!

 

     If you’re wondering why we think we have such good news to share, want to know more about what Christians believe or just want to make new friends, please do get in touch! Whether you're from the Christian faith, another faith, or no faith at all, we'd love for you to join the 'Oxford International Student Christian Network' group on Facebook where you can find out more. Please feel free to drop any of us a message or email if you want to find out more about moving to Oxford, what OICCU does, or any other questions you might have. (For example, a great question is how many bubble tea shops does Oxford have? - the answer is currently 9!)
 

meet the i-team

I'm Rachel, the international Secretary of this year (2020-21), meaning I oversee how OICCU is specifically supporting international students. I'm a Human Scientist from Mansfield College (yes, it's a real degree and a real college) with a big love for penguins. I love making friends with people from around the world, and as a half-Malaysian, I love food. This is why I love hosting Potluck Lunches. Mainly, though, it's because I love Jesus and believe that he brings real life and joy for all who believe, whatever background they are from. If any of these things sound interesting to you, or you'd just like a friend, feel free to email me at rachel.thomas@mansfield.ox.ac.uk.

Hi there! My name is Shannon and I'm in my second year studying PPE at St Anne's. I come from California, am Chinese-American, and before coming to Oxford I did a gap year in Senegal. I am a part of St Ebbe's church and I have been going along to OICCU's international events since first year - these are a great way to meet people from all over! As an international student myself, I understand how difficult it might be to adjust to a new culture or even a new language, and sometimes more subtle stuff like differing attitudes towards religion or justice. Whatever your background is, there is a place for you in OICCU! I'm happy to chat about anything, and excited to be one of your i-reps! Get in touch at shannon.yang@st-annes.ox.ac.uk.

Hey, I'm Vanessa and I'm one of the international reps this year! I occaisonally study medicine at Pembroke, but a better place to find me is at the International Potluck Lunch we host every Saturday. I love learning about new cultures and my experiences from living and doing outreach across three continents means that (hopefully!) I can understand the different issues that students from different countries face when studying and living in Oxford. I'm also passionate about equipping UK students like myself to serve internationally. Feel free to send me a message on Facebook (Vanessa McLoughlin) or an email (vanessa.mcloughlin@pmb.ox.ac.uk) if you're an international student with questions about settling into Oxford, if you're interested in serving the international community here,  or if you just want to chat!

Hi there, I’m Matteo. Welcome to this amazing university, city and community. I study Geography at Keble, undeniably the best lasagna college in Oxford :). I hope that in my time as part of the i-team I can explore the wonderful news of the gospel with you, no matter where you’ve come from or what your experience of Christianity is! Having lived in countries outside of the UK for a significant part of my life, I know all too well how daunting coming to a new culture can be, especially one like Oxford, which is preceded by endless cultural representations. 

 

Having Christ in my life has really helped me to overcome the shock of a new setting, through the knowledge that there is always someone greater looking out for me, and also by quickly facilitating new and lasting friendships through fellowship. I look forward to extending this same friendship that was extended to me when I first arrived in scary new worlds, especially Oxford. This coming year, I hope that we can explore some of life’s big questions from different perspectives together. As followers of Jesus, we believe that the Gospel is for everyone, and that it is powerful. Come and join us at some of our events to learn more about what Jesus did to save all of us, irrespective of our transgressions! Get in touch with me at matteo.zucchi@keble.ox.ac.uk.

Hi! I’m Adam, one of the iReps for 2020-2021. I’ll be starting my second year studying Biochemistry in October 2020! We are so blessed to live in such a wonderfully interconnected world and so, especially here in Oxford, we have the joys of meeting and getting to know people from all over the world! Making everyone, no matter who they are, feel welcomed, at home and loved is a wonderful part of being a member of God’s worldwide family!

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If you have any questions about Oxford, Biochemistry or university in general feel free to email me at adam.winnifrith@ccc.ox.ac.uk. 

Hello!! I'm Harriet, or Hattie, and I'm about to start my second year studying English at Pembroke. I'm from  li'l old NZ, which is a whopping 12 700 kms from Oxford, so I certainly know what it's like being a long way from home! It's been nearly a year since I moved to the UK, and I've struggled a lot with homesickness, but have been comforted time and time again by the reminder of just how BIG our God is. He's the Lord of all nations, of all languages and offers us all a chance to be united as heavenly citizens. I'm so excited for this year and am particularly passionate about exploring the ways we can be creative in Christ. If you have any ideas, want tips on moving or just feel like a chat feel free to email me at harriet.carter@pmb.ox.ac.uk