STUDENTS from every corner of the world have descended on Huddersfield.
The students, who have been given places at Huddersfield University, were officially welcomed to the town by the Mayor of Kirklees.
Clr Mary Harkin held a civic reception for them at Huddersfield Town Hall yesterday.
About 300 new international students are set to start their first year of studies on Monday.
They will join at least 300 more returning international students.
Graham Wood, head of the university's international office, said the numbers had significantly increased in the last three years.
The students come from more than 100 countries, including India, Pakistan, China, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and central African countries.
Mr Wood said: "They come to the UK because they see a British education as a gold standard in the world.
"It is instantly recognised in the global economy, which helps if they want to work for multinational companies.
"They choose Huddersfield because the town and university have a lot to offer.
"It is not too big to be overwhelming, but it has good transport to bigger cities. The cost of living is also cheaper than somewhere like Leeds."
Mr Wood said the students always settled well in Huddersfield.
He added: "It is one of the hardest things to do, study in a foreign country. But they get a very good reception."
The warm welcome is one reason why Zeid Abu Sharif, 26, chose Huddersfield University.
He comes from Jordan and is studying pharmaceutical sciences.
He said: "I have visited the area before to see family and I really like it.
"I don't like big places. I prefer towns. In cities it is cold and there are no friendly faces.
"Here you always see a smile and get courtesy. Also, Patrick Stewart is the chancellor. I'm a big fan!"
Zeid has already studied for degrees in science and business studies. He hopes to take over his father's business in Jordan or start his own after his studies.