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International Study Centre celebrates successful first term

(4 December 2017)

DURHAM University International Study Centre (ISC) is celebrating a highly successful first term.

The ISC, based at the University’s Queen’s Campus in Stockton-on-Tees and managed by Study Group, opened in September 2017, offering language and study skills to non-EU students to prepare them for entry onto Durham University undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes in Durham City.

The first intake numbered over 400 from over 30 countries, well above expectations, and a further intake of students will arrive in January 2018 - reaffirming the strength of Durham's reputation around the world.

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The successful launch of the ISC was celebrated at an official opening event on Monday 4 December.

Global Durham

Professor Antony Long, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of Durham University, said: “This is a remarkable time in the history of Durham University. We have embarked upon on a new ten-year Strategy that seeks to ensure Durham retains its position as a world leader in research, education and the wider student experience.

“Growing the proportion of international staff and students at the University is a key strategic priority. Durham is committed to strengthening our role as a global university, with students coming to Durham from around the world, and students from Durham studying and working around the world.

“Our new Strategy also seeks to strengthen our role as a major employer in North East England, and our commitment to Queen’s Campus and to the Tees Valley is as strong now as it has ever been.

“We look forward to working with Study Group and Stockton Borough Council in making the Durham University International Study Centre a great success.”

Key partnership

David Leigh, Chief Executive Officer of Study Group, said: “This Centre will transform the lives of thousands of students, providing them with an educational experience at one of the world’s top 100 universities which otherwise they would not be able to access.

“The Study Group team could not have hoped for a better partner than Durham University over the course of this year as we have worked together to be ready for our first cohort of students.”

The University and Study Group have worked closely with Stockton Borough Council to help ISC students feel at home in Stockton. As part of Induction Week, students had the opportunity to take a tour of Stockton, visit Preston Hall Museum and Grounds and try out the Air Trail adventure course.

Councillor Maurice Perry, the Mayor of Stockton, said: “The new International Study Centre is the start of a new and exciting chapter for both the University and for Stockton.

“Working closely with the Centre and with the local community, Stockton Borough Council has ensured that these new international students make the most of their time here, and provided the warmest welcome.

“They bring wide-ranging benefits to our community and we are looking forward to making them feel at home here in Stockton-on-Tees for many years to come.”

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.

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