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INTO Stirling students impress Scottish MP

In early April,Stirling MP Stephen Kerr visited the INTO centre at Stirling University, to meet some international students who are currently on programmes there.

In early April,Stirling MP Stephen Kerr visited the INTO centre at Stirling University, to meet some international students who are currently on programmes there. The purpose of the visit, says INTO’s UK Director of Operations and Policy Sarah Williamson, who arranged it as part of the Destination for Education campaign, was, “to give Stephen the chance to see first-hand how valuable international students are to the health of both our universities and the national economy, as well as to show him how much international study benefits the students themselves.” During his visit, the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Member of Parliament toured INTO’s bra… Read the full article
In early April,Stirling MP Stephen Kerr visited the INTO centre at Stirling University, to meet some international students who are currently on programmes there.

The purpose of the visit, says INTO’s UK Director of Operations and Policy Sarah Williamson, who arranged it as part of the Destination for Education campaignwas, “to give Stephen the chance to see first-hand how valuable international students are to the health of both our universities and the national economy, as well as to show him how much international study benefits the students themselves.”

During his visit, the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Member of Parliament toured INTO’s brand new study centre in the heart of the University of Stirling’s campus. Stephen also spoke to Afraz Fazal, who comes from Pakistan and is currently studying on the International Year One (Media, Humanities and Social Science); Yasamin Saadat, a student from Iran who is taking the International Year One (Media, Humanities and Social Science); and Thais De Lorenzo Azevedo, a Masters with Integrated Graduate Diploma (Media, Humanities and Social Sciences) student from Brazil. 

Afterwards, Stephen said: “On Friday, I met with International students from across the world at the International Student centre at the University of Stirling, to hear their stories of how they gained visas to study in the UK and how they've found the City of Stirling. It was great to hear from Afraz, Yasamin, and Thais on their own personal experiences, from acceptance onto a course to registering for a Visa for study. 

“The students also told me how much they enjoyed Stirling, from the historical attractions to the unique and friendly local culture. The University of Stirling's 2,600 non-EU International Students contribute £52.2million to the local economy,* supporting local businesses. 

“In Parliament, I am supporting calls to remove International Students from immigration figures. The Government's long-held policy of reducing net migration to under 100,000 per year should not get in the way of welcoming more international students, who contribute so much culturally and financially. 

“Education is a key export for us in the UK. We can't let the opportunity pass to welcome talented students from across the world,” he added.

“It was great to welcome Stephen to our beautiful new study centre, and I am so pleased that he enjoyed meeting our students, of whom we are very proud,” said INTO Stirling Centre Director Sandy Tippett.

“I hope that his visit will go some way towards ensuring that many more international students have the chance to study in the UK in the future,”

Student Thais De Lorenzo Azevedo had this to say: “I really enjoyed meeting Stephen Kerr and it was great to know that the local government is interested in the international community. It gave me the feeling that everyone is concerned with our well-being and trying to make this the best experience we could possibly have.”

* International students contribute £52.2 million to the constituency of Stirling, according to The costs and benefits of international students by parliamentary constituency Report for the Higher Education Policy Institute and Kaplan International Pathways.

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INTO Suffolk students on the road to success

Focused workshops held in the lead-up to finals week were an invaluable opportunity for INTO Suffolk University students to find out how to improve both their academic progress and their English language skills. During the Academic Success Workshops, which were run by members of Suffolk’s Center for Learning and Academic Success (CLAS), students explored the hands-on resources the university provides, and learned how they can leverage them for their individual needs. Coaching can help students better connect with professors and reach class goals, said Academic Coach John Foley: “Students get overwhelmed. You’re new - you may be new in college. It may be different than your high school experience,” he sa… Read the full article
Focused workshops held in the lead-up to finals week were an invaluable opportunity for INTO Suffolk University students to find out how to improve both their academic progress and their English language skills.

During the Academic Success Workshops, which were run by members of Suffolk’s Center for Learning and Academic Success (CLAS), students explored the hands-on resources the university provides, and learned how they can leverage them for their individual needs.

Coaching can help students better connect with professors and reach class goals, said Academic Coach John Foley: “Students get overwhelmed. You’re new - you may be new in college. It may be different than your high school experience,” he said.

"You can feel stressed out and not know how to plan things out. That’s where we [academic coaches] come in. We ease your concerns. We’ll help you make a plan and guide you through the whole semester.”

In addition to academic coaching, students learned about the various tutoring opportunities offered for free at CLAS. From math, science, and business to more specialized subjects, students can find a student or professional tutor to guide them through all their coursework.

Associate Director Jill Eisenberg had this advice for students who have English language concerns: “If you’re doing writing in any course, we have tutors who can help you at any point in the process. They can help you make a thesis, help you make an outline. Go over paragraphs and structure. They won’t write the paper for you, but they’ll help you every step of the way.”

To wrap up the workshop, students took a self-evaluation outlining their strengths, weaknesses, and areas where they would like to build their skills. “We’re here to see all students succeed and advance, especially in their English language skills,” concluded Program Manager Olivia Cerrone.

To learn more about INTO Suffolk University and the Boston experience, click here.

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INTO City students use ‘poster power’ to show their skills

INTO City, University of London’s Graduate Diploma students shared their research and ideas with fellow students and teachers through some beautifully presented posters in April. Graduate Diploma Programme Manager Phillip Martin said that the Graduate Diploma Poster Presentation featured, “presentations from all the disciplines, and the research projects were imaginative, well planned and professionally presented by our post-graduate students”. “One of the Foundation managers spoke to me afterwards, and said that the quality of the projects and the presentations was outstanding, and that every year the event seems to get stronger.” In addition to providing an assessment … Read the full article
INTO City, University of London’s Graduate Diploma students shared their research and ideas with fellow students and teachers through some beautifully presented posters in April.

Graduate Diploma Programme Manager Phillip Martin said that the Graduate Diploma Poster Presentation featured, “presentations from all the disciplines, and the research projects were imaginative, well planned and professionally presented by our post-graduate students”.

“One of the Foundation managers spoke to me afterwards, and said that the quality of the projects and the presentations was outstanding, and that every year the event seems to get stronger.”

In addition to providing an assessment opportunity for our students to showcase their work, the event was a chance for everyone studying and teaching at the INTO City, University of London to network, and appreciate the  range of research; and subject studies taking place at the Centre.

Yue Wang, a Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences and the Arts student, highlighted that the poster presentation was educational for all involved. “The student who presented next to me is a Law student, so I accidentally learnt some trade law knowledge. I found it very interesting! The whole activity gave me a sensational feeling. I was stimulated for a long time even after the event,” she said.

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