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Durham University News


International Study Centre to open in September

(30 January 2017)

**The International Study Centre is now recruiting**

Durham University will strengthen its global links with the opening of a new International Study Centre (ISC) in September 2017. The new centre, based at the University’s Queen’s Campus in Stockton-on-Tees, will welcome students from around the world to North East England.

The ISC will be home to non-EU students, preparing them for entry on to Durham University undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes at Durham City through the development of their language and study skills.

It will be managed by Study Group, a highly respected education provider with global experience in preparing international students for university study. 

Recruitment of students to the Durham University ISC will begin shortly and the first intake will begin their studies in September 2017.

A diverse, international community

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, said: “At Durham University we pride ourselves on the diversity of our community. Twenty-one per cent of our students are from outside the UK and there are 150 nationalities represented in our staff and student bodies.

“We value the contribution that our international students make to University life. We believe that the pathway programmes offered at our new ISC are the best way to prepare students and ensure a smooth transition to our undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes in Durham City.

Commitment to the Teesside region

“Creating the ISC at Queen’s Campus reaffirms our commitment to delivering high quality education at Stockton-on-Tees and Teesside. Students based at the campus have consistently expressed how much they enjoy a great student experience, describing it as a relaxed, convivial and supportive place with a ‘can do’ attitude. It is clear the campus and the wider surroundings are held in great affection by many, and that the local authority works hard to ensure that remains the case. Long may it continue.

“Study Group’s expertise in international education makes it the best partner to manage the Centre. We look forward to welcoming our first ISC students to Queen’s Campus in just a few months’ time.”

The benefit of pathway programmes

James Pitman, Managing Director Higher Education UK & Europe at Study Group, said: “Pathway programmes are a proven means of introducing international students to the UK education system and preparing them for university study – around 40 per cent of students in UK higher education come through pathways.

“We’re delighted to collaborate with Durham University to launch the International Study Centre and look forward to working with them, and the Council, to welcome many more international students.”

Working together

Councillor Bob Cook, leader of Stockton Borough Council, added: “We are delighted that the Durham University International Study Centre is making its home here in Stockton-on-Tees and we are excited to be working with one of the world’s leading universities and prominent foundation providers. That they are making such a significant investment is a huge sign of confidence in the Borough.

“We look forward to welcoming the first intake of international students and will be working closely with both the University and Study Group to make the Durham University International Study Centre a success, year-on-year, and provide a first class experience for students.

“This announcement sits perfectly with our ambitions for Stockton Town Centre. The Borough has a long history of successfully attracting and welcoming international partners.”

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