While Canadians are accustomed to the genderless term frosh, its roots are from freshmen, the term still used in much of the U.S. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, scholarly newbies are known as freshers.
South Africans starting their post-secondary education earn the more erudite nickname of learners. Swedish students humble first years with the term “nolla,” which means zero, as in zero-year student.
New Zealanders, as is often the case, shorten the term freshman for the affectionate “freshies.”
Australians cut to the chase with the vulgar acronym Jaffys. That stands for “just another freaking first year,” only they don’t say freaking.