The University of Macau welcomed 300 in-coming first-year students to kick off the 2018 Summer English Immersion Programme (SEIP). The July 1st Opening Ceremony was attended by all the students, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FAH), Director of the English Language Centre (ELC), coordinators, ELC instructors, and 43 programme assistants from all over the world. In her opening speech, FAH Dean, Professor Hong Gang Jin, guided students to learn the importance of not only improving their English in the programme, but also to discover new strategies for learning and critical thinking, build confidence, and of course, make new friends along the way. The director of ELC, Professor Katherine Chen, explained the how and why of learning English to inspire students to be multilingual and multicultural world citizens of the future. The programme assistants then led everyone to sing a song “you’ve got a friend in me, down at SEIP” that speaks the spirits of the programme.During the next four weeks, students will participate in an intensive project-oriented learning programme and immerse in a friendly and fun English language environment from morning until night. They will also take part in multiple clubs organized by the Programme Assistants and will have their final performance in the closing ceremony to demonstrate their improvement in English as well as personal development in the programme.