The University of Gloucestershire is made up of three campuses, two in Cheltenham and one in Gloucester, and was awarded university status in 2001 following the merger of numerous institutions. 10,000 students are currently enrolled from over 60 different countries. The University of Gloucestershire was ranked second in the UK for international student support following the International Student Barometer in 2014.
Many courses feature local and international field trips and the option to spend a semester abroad on a student exchange. The Degreeplus initiative combines internships with formal training to improve employability after graduation. Gloucestershire also offers two year ‘fast-track’ courses in subjects such as Law and Business, allowing students to enter the workplace or further training faster and at a lower cost. The University has also been awarded14 National Teaching Fellowships and have a strong portfolio of lecturers with industry experience.
University of Gloucestershire is home to a new initiative with INTO to provide language lessons to international students before and during their degree.
The Student Services Team works to ensure that international students receive comprehensive and relevant advice. Each campus has a Helpzone where students can receive support and assistance on issues they may be facing. International Student Advisors help current international students have a successful and enjoyable time while studying. This includes the International Welcome Week which gives students access to all the information and support they need before they start their course, while throughout the year, various trips, parties and social events are organised for international students.
Following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 25% of University of Gloucestershire’s submitted work was class as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
All international students are guaranteed a place in University of Gloucestershire halls of residence provided they apply by the given deadline. Approximately 1,380 rooms are available in Cheltenham and Gloucester and a residential support team is on hand to assist you with a any issues that may arise during your stay.
The University is centrally located in the UK and within easy reach of major cities. London is two hours away by car or train, with Birmingham, Bristol and Oxford all less than one hour.
Two campuses are based in the town of Cheltenham, often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’, with a third in nearby Oxstalls. Cheltenham is an attractive and peaceful town located in an area of outstanding natural beauty that attracts six million tourists from all over the world every year. It is also home to the world-famous Cheltenham Racecourse, which is also used as a venue for social events and the university graduation ceremony.
My counsellor contacted me every day throughout the application process and helped me receive an unconditional offer. I am so grateful to SI-UK and will never forget them. I will study very hard as I feel this is the best reward I can give the whole team.
Sade Onyeje Social Work at Birmingham City University