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  • 5 December 2005
  • Centre to offer new study route for international students

    The University of Sussex is offering an exciting new way for international students to study at the University from October 2006.

    The University of Sussex has invited Brighton-based Study Group, a world leader in international education, to establish an on-campus International Study Centre (ISC) as part of its international development strategy.

    The new ISC will offer international students specialist preparation for degree-level study at Sussex in a wide range of science and arts areas. It will also provide English language and study skills preparation as an integral part of the experience, along with dedicated student support services.

    Students will progress from the International Study Centre directly into undergraduate degrees  in areas such as management, computing, engineering, law, humanities and social studies, where Sussex has leading research and teaching expertise.

    Unlike traditional foundation courses, which often place students in local colleges or in off-campus sites, the Centre will be located at the heart of the University. Students will be full members of the Sussex community with access to all University facilities.

    Professor Alasdair Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University, says: "The University of Sussex is committed to pioneering new approaches to international education. The ISC on our campus will offer a unique environment for learning for international students. Working in partnership with Study Group allows us to open up exciting opportunities for our student community. This is an important step in the development of the University's international strategy."

    The joint venture with Study Group links the ISC at Sussex to Study Group's global network of 40 regional offices and partner counselling agencies. Study Group will also bring their extensive understanding and experience in supporting and teaching international students in the UK, preparing them for the highest quality degree-level learning, while Sussex academics will be closely involved in quality-assurance and assessment arrangements throughout.

    Andrew Thick, Managing Director of Study Group, says: "We are delighted to have been invited by the University of Sussex to join them in creating this new International Study Centre. International students will find this an unmatched opportunity to undertake their study at one of the UK's leading international universities."


    Notes for editors 

    • UK-based Study Group provides English language training and university preparation for more than 35,000 international students every year. Study Group is part of the Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT), a FTSE 100 company, and one of the largest and most successful organisations in the UK. DMGT support gives Study Group the edge in the international education sector, providing rock-solid foundations and the ability to offer class-leading facilities.

    University of Sussex Press office contacts: Jacqui Bealing, or Maggie Clune, Tel: 44 1273 678888, Email:

    Study Group contact: Nick Rhodes, Strategic Development Director. Tel: 01273 204522. Email:


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