International Study Centre welcomes first students
(8 September 2017)
Durham University International Study Centre (ISC) has welcomed its first students, ahead of teaching starting later this month.
The ISC, based at the University’s Queen’s Campus in Stockton-on-Tees, welcomed non-EU students, preparing them for entry onto Durham University undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes in Durham City through the development of language and study skills.
The first Induction Week began on Monday 11 September and teaching begins on Monday 18 September.
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Recruitment to the ISC, which is managed by Study Group – a highly respected education provider with global experience in preparing international students for university study – has been highly successful. Over 400 students from over 30 countries will begin their studies in September, more than double the forecast for the first intake, and numbers will grow in future years.
Developing the ISC is a key part of Durham’s University Strategy, 2017-2027, to deliver world-class research, education and wider student experience, and the internationalisation of the University, which will see the proportion of non-UK students recruited rise to 35% by 2027.
It also part of the University’s ongoing commitment to Stockton, creating 50 jobs and bringing students who will contribute to the cultural offer and support the local economy.
Professor Antony Long, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: “Durham University is investing and changing to deliver world-class research, education and wider student experience and the opening of the Durham University International Study Centre is a key moment in our development.
“The number and diversity of applicants to the ISC demonstrates the attraction of Durham University across the world. We are proud of what the ISC will offer and look forward to giving the first students a warm welcome.”
James Pitman, Managing Director Higher Education UK and 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.
“The in-market reaction to the Durham University International Study Centre has been overwhelmingly positive and we are looking forward to preparing international students for under and postgraduate study at the University.”
Councillor Bob Cook, Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, said: “We look forward to the arrival of the first intake of international students and will be doing our bit to give them a really warm welcome.
“Their presence here will not only raise the Borough’s profile overseas, it will be a great boost for Stockton town centre and will be welcomed by town centre businesses offering places to shop, eat, drink, and have fun.”
The ISC offers a range of pathway programmes: an International Foundation Year, a Pre-Masters programme and English language preparation. Courses last from one term to one year, meaning new students will arrive each term.