DANIEL Crasto is excited and daunted about his next few years in Tasmania.
Mr Crasto moved from India two weeks ago to start a masters course in business, administration and logistics at the Australia Maritime College.
He was one of about 100 new students who attended the Student Welcome in Launceston's Brisbane Street Mall yesterday.
"It's lovely," Mr Crasto said of the welcome. "Apart from the lovely place that it is, it actually had a course that I was interested in here, which a lot of universities don't offer.
"I'm very excited about it, but it's a little bit daunting as well."
The welcome was the first of its kind in Launceston and was put on by the Launceston City of Learning Group. It included live performances by Launceston performers and a speech by Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten before the students were taken on a city tour. University of Tasmania engagement and development manager Jo Archer said UTAS had 7000 students enrolled this year, including 1100 from 61 countries.
"The message we want to convey is that we welcome them and that we are excited that they are starting a great big adventure with us," Ms Archer said. "It's like a great big city hug."