Study Group, a leading provider of foundation and preparation courses for international students in the UK, recently opened its first London-based International Study Centre (ISC) at Kingston University. The occasion was marked by a reception at the ISC’s headquarters at Kingston’s Penrhyn Road campus, which was attended by representatives from Study Group and the University, as well as some of the 70 students who make up part of the first year’s intake.
These students hail from around the world, and will study in a university-style environment, with progression guaranteed to pre-selected undergraduate degrees or postgraduate Master’s programmes at Kingston University on completion of their ISC course. The centre offers six International Foundation Year courses, including Business, Management and Economics and Life and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Students undertaking the specialist pre-Master’s programme can choose Business and Management, Computing or Engineering.
Kingston University Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Mackintosh, commented: “We have always been very proactive in the recruitment of overseas students directly at degree level; however, the ability to complete a preparatory year of study within a university environment is vital for many overseas students who wish to study further in the UK, particularly those arriving from countries that may not have the standard 13-year education system seen across Europe. Study Group not only has the necessary expertise to deliver bespoke courses, and high progression rates from ISC to university programme, but also shares our belief that your reputation is only as good as the service you provide to your students.”
James Pitman, Study Group’s MD of Higher Education, UK and Europe, added: “It is vital for us, when embarking on new partnerships, that both parties have the same high levels of commitment and engagement. Kingston University is internationally-renowned in the sector, and we look forward to seeing many students progress through the ISC onto undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.”
Newly-inducted students at the reception included Raja Jamal, enrolled on the engineering, maths and computing foundation year, and Janet Wu, 19, from Macau.
Janet is studying the International Foundation Certificate in Art and Design with English, and commented: “I really wanted to study art and design at Kingston because of its excellent reputation. My agent also advised me on the most suitable destination. Pursuing my passion for the arts at Bachelor level at Kingston’s internationally-renowned Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture would allow me to consider fine art or an interesting career in advertising. I’ve been here two weeks and I’ve already made friends in my halls and on my course!”
Unfortunately, settling in has not been such a straightforward experience for all of the new international students hoping to start at Kingston: “Several of our students who were meant to commence studies here have been held up by their visa applications; it’s very sad,” explained Paul Lovegrove, Principal of UK ISCs for Study Group.
However, Lovegrove is positive on the benefits students will gain from the partnership: “Kingston University is a well-established brand that is known for the warm welcome it gives overseas students and the quality of its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Kingston’s location is also ideal; the Penrhyn Road campus is close to the town centre which allows easy access to central London, complementing the close-knit community of the University. As Study Group’s first ISC in the capital, we’ll be working with the University to ensure it becomes an example of best practice for other higher education institutions in the area.”
About Study Group
Spanning five continents, Study Group is a global leader in international education, providing the highest quality educational opportunities for students from over 140 countries. Beginning in 1994 with 7,000 students per year, Study Group now has an enrolment base of 55,000 around the world.
Through Study Group’s leading set of partnerships with top universities, it is able to provide on and off-campus preparation courses for international students that ensure academic success and entry into some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world. The quality of its UK teaching is confirmed by independent accreditation bodies worldwide including: English UK, Ofsted, British Council and the BAC.
The biggest intake of international students into Study Group’s UK programmes is from countries with emerging economies such as China, South East Asian economies, and in particular from oil-rich nations such as Russia and the Middle East.
About Kingston University
With more than 23,000 students, Kingston University is the largest provider of higher education in South West London, offering an extensive range of course programmes both in the United Kingdom and overseas. The University is renowned for teaching excellence, has established itself as a growing force in research and is a pioneer in e-learning. In its most recent university league table, The Sunday Times praised Kingston for having “one of the best teaching records of the country’s modern universities with 15 subjects rated excellent under the [former] teaching assessment programme.” The University boasts a raft of modern facilities. Three new buildings have opened as part of a £123 million investment programme running until 2018.
This post was submitted by Study Group.