Study Group international students reflect on their experience over the past academic year

20 July 2021
CUL ISC student ambassador Rehmat
Posted by Study Group

As the academic year comes to an end and Study Group students look ahead to progressing to their university of choice, some of our students reflect on their pathway programme study experience.

“I believe I have fulfilled my time at the International Study Centre (ISC), and I attribute my enthusiasm to the amazing University of Surrey ISC community.

“The teachers were so supportive and pushed me to think critically. This led me to reaching my academic goals.

“The staff at the ISC were very helpful and made everything feel so seamless and because of the University of Surrey ISC community, I was successful and made the most out of my time at the ISC.” - Ryanne studied the International Foundation Year in Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences and is aiming to progress on to LLB (hons) Law degree at the University of Surrey in September.

“I have been very obliged to meet people with different backgrounds who respect each other and the culture through online learning.

“The comfortable atmosphere of togetherness that I have experienced here is what I am taking forward in my life with a smile.” - Rehmat began her International Year One in Business, Management, Accounting and Finance in January 2021 and is aiming to progress on to the second year of a BA (hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management degree at Coventry University London in September.

Study Group student support

Within Study Group International Study Centre teams, we have academic and welfare staff committed to providing students with the best chance of success and help to reach the grades they need to advance to university-level study.

From small class sizes to give individual attention, to performance tracking to identify weaknesses, to advice and guidance following exam results, there are a range of supportive initiatives in place to assist students along the way.

As Olly Walker - Progression Support Team Leader at the University of Sussex International Study Centre comments:

“There's a whole wealth of support at the International Study Centres, from the personal tutors, progression support team, academic tutors, the heads of subject, student experience staff. There are lots of people that support our students.”

Tiba, an International Foundation Year Business, Social Sciences and Humanities student, aiming to progress on to LLB (hons) Law (European and International) degree at the University of Sheffield in September, adds:

“Regardless of the challenging circumstances caused by the pandemic and the possible difficulties that may be associated with online learning; teachers, the Student Support Team, and academic advisors, to name a few, have made the online environment easy to access and navigate through, as well as providing a very welcoming environment for me and I am certain, for all fellow students.”

Sheffield IC student ambassador Tiba and Surrey ISC student ambassador Ryanne

Acknowledging and celebrating student success

The summer is also usually the time of year university graduation ceremonies take place up and down the country.

As James Pitman, Managing Director for the UK and EU at Study Group comments:

“Whilst many graduates from the Class of 2021 will be celebrating virtually this year, we would like to congratulate all of our past ISC students who are completing their degrees and starting their careers.

In a challenging year, you have overcome all obstacles to achieve your goal of completing your university programme and we wish you every success for the future.”

Former Study Group student Trystan from Singapore’s graduated from the University of Sheffield with a first-class honours’ degree. He studied the International Foundation Year in Business, Law and Social Sciences at the International College before progressing to his undergraduate degree and reflects on his study experience:

“It's a very proud moment for me because my parents are here and it's just an overwhelming experience. I cannot believe I have come this far from foundation. It has been a wonderful experience and if I had to do it again, I would.

I have started to try and apply for jobs. Now that I’ve achieved my first class [degree] it will make it substantially easier.”

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