International alumni share top tips with new students

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Students on the brand new Loughborough College International Foundation Programme this week invited alumni to share a cuppa – and the benefit of their experience.

Nine nations are represented amongst the 16 students who have been offered coveted places on the recently-launched programme and they were eager to hear from international students who completed their studies at the College in the summer before moving on to some of the country’s top universities.

“Our Head of International Mark Henebury arranged afternoon tea and it was a great opportunity for the group to welcome our former students back and to ask questions and learn from them about degree study in the UK,” said Loughborough College International Welfare Officer Della Armstrong.

“The alumni admitted they missed the College but that they’re also really enjoying university life.

“Three of them are on courses in Computer Science, Sport and International Business at Loughborough and they said that the learning and qualifications they gained with us, staying in our College accommodation plus already having membership of the Loughborough Student Union were all invaluable in easing their transition academically and socially from college to university.

“It was great to see the former students enjoying their return to the College and how they helped our current group get a real insight into what they could look forward to. There were certainly lots of lively conversations going on. Overall the event was a great success.”

Loughborough College brings long-standing international expertise to their International Foundation Programme’s inaugural year and new students, representing Japan, India, Nigeria, Spain, China, Moldova, Romania, UAE and Kazakhstan, study on a range of courses in Business, Science and Engineering and Sport.

“We’ve got a diverse student population at the College and the new group are enhancing that – everyone benefits,” added Head of International Mark Henebury. “The new students have all joined our joint Loughborough College and University Student Union and signed up to clubs and societies.

“This is a high-level course that’s the equivalent of completing A-levels in one year for students with English as a second language. But we set them tasks in advance so they really hit the ground running - and with small classes and a long course, we’re enabling them to achieve the best results they possibly can and to progress to the UK’s leading universities.”

Pictured: Students from the new Loughborough College International Foundation Programme welcomed advice from former students

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