HUDDERSFIELD University is taking on a cosmopolitan air as more overseas students than ever sign up.
Students from 80 countries are making the journey to study in the town.
Kirklees Mayor Margaret Fearnley hosted welcome parties - and even gave some the opportunity to try on her ceremonial robes.
Sue Staples from the university's international office, said: "It was a wonderful gesture and one that meant a lot to our international students as they are welcomed to our town and the university community."
The number of international students from non-European countries has already exceeded last year's record figure and more students from EU countries are expected this week.
The main countries represented remain Pakistan, India, the Gulf States, Malaysia and China.
Students from overseas can be attractive to cash-strapped universities because the fees they pay can be twice the amount secured for students from the UK.
At a time when many universities are recording a significant reduction in the number of Chinese students, Huddersfield appears to be holding its own with only a slight downturn.
The drop has been offset by increased enrolments from other countries.
Some 352 non-EU international students are expected, exceeding a target of 298.
With the addition of students from EU-member countries, there are likely to be well over 1,000 international students coming to Huddersfield this year.
Meanwhile, the university looks set to meet most targets for domestic recruitment.
Spokesman Philip Williams said: "Enrolments look very healthy indeed. We did have a shortfall in some areas last year, but this year things are buoyant across the board."
There's further good news for the university with new figures showing a fall in the number of unemployed Huddersfield graduates from 6% to 4.9%.