England is one of the most popular study destinations in the world for international students, and the UK is second only to the USA in terms of overseas student numbers. As a result, England is home to a growing number of international colleges designed to cater to the unique needs of students choosing the UK as their place of study.
What is an international college?
It’s a place of learning that is aimed specifically at international students who want to study for entry onto a UK university undergraduate degree course or postgraduate Masters course. They offer:
- Intensive English language training for students for whom English is a second language
- A range of courses that will prepare you for university
- Dedicated support for students struggling to settle into a new country away from home
- Small class sizes so that you get the one-to-one help you need
International colleges are also often tied to leading British universities, like our International College, which partners with The University of Sheffield. An international colleges and its associated university will often share a campus, teaching facilities, labs and study methods, so you can get used to university life before your degree course begins.
What can I study?
International colleges typically offer a range of university preparation programmes, often tailored to a selection of degree subject areas. At The University of Sheffield International College you can choose from:
Whichever degree course you’re aiming for, both are intensive two- or three-term courses. You can choose between two pathways, depending on which degree subject you want to go on to study afterwards.
- Science and Engineering
- Business, Law and Social Sciences
As well as ensuring that your English language level meets the requirements of the University, these courses include classes in your chosen academic subject and study skills sessions to help you get accustomed to UK university teaching methods before beginning your university studies.
Because our International College is closely tied to the University, those successfully completing our Foundation Year of Pre-Masters programmes are guaranteed a place on a relevant undergraduate or Masters degree course at The University of Sheffield.
This helps students to feel safe and secure in the knowledge that a UK university place is waiting for them when they graduate, which brings valuable peace of mind. It gives them a year to settle in, not just to academic life, but also to UK life in general, before university begins – getting to know the food, customs and culture, and making friends too.
Where to study?
Some cities in England cater better to students than others. Sheffield is a city that’s built around its university, which sits at the city centre. As a result, everything is within walking distance and easy reach, and the people of Sheffield are incredibly welcoming to the international students who help make Sheffield a fun and diverse place to live.
Wherever you choose, you should think about your own interests and passions as you weigh up your options:
Location – where in England would you like to live? Close to an airport for easy travel to and from your home country? By the sea, in the busy city environment, or in a peaceful rural location?
Costs – take a look at the international college fees and what you can afford. Don’t forget to include accommodation costs, which can be far higher in in-demand cities like London.
Courses – what are your passions and what do you really want to study? Take a look at the courses on offer and find one that meets your ideals as closely as possible.
Start dates – take a look at the available course start dates at the international college - often these colleges often varying start dates throughout the year. Make sure that these course dates suit you, and that they tie in with the start date for the university degree programme you hope to study for.