As part of an agreement signed in April last year between the University of Sheffield and international education provider Study Group will see new premises for the Sheffield International College opening later this year. Up to 1,000 students enrolled on degree preparation programmes at the college will use the new learning environment from September 2015.
Professor Paul White, deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield, says: “We’re delighted that future students studying at the University of Sheffield International College will soon be able to enjoy a learning environment that has been specifically designed with the college in mind. The investment in facilities will mean they are the best of any pathway college in Europe.”
James Pitman, managing director UK and Europe with Study Group, added: “With state-of-the-art facilities that have been specifically designed for effective learning, this new building signifies the quality that students can expect at the University of Sheffield
International College, which will enhance the student experience and provide superior outcomes for those involved.”
The new International College was designed by architect Watson Batty. Occupying 2,400 square metres over the top four floors of the building, it provides teaching and study facilities and replaces the current centre on Broad Land. It comprises 25 classrooms, two large lecture theatres, a sizeable science lab with emphasis on physics and engineering, and five study zones.
The first international students are due to move into the new centre on 21 September, when Study Group will accept the first intake to the foundation and pre-masters programmes. A further cohort will join in January and April 2016. These programmes, developed with the University of Sheffield, will prepare students for Sheffield’s degree courses when they progress to the university in September 2016.
In the name of attraction students to the International College, Study Group has launched a ‘Made in Sheffield’ scholarship programme of up to 300 awards for international students seeking to attend the Russell Group university.