Summer school success

Bondholder the University of Derby has welcomed the largest number of international students to its summer school in 2019.

Students from 12 Chinese universities swapped their summer in China for a four-week stay in Derby as part of an international summer school.

More than 140 students and group leaders took part in the school designed to give students the experience of living and studying at a UK university while improving their English skills.

This was the largest number of students to take part in the University’s international summer school, which has been running for five years.

Richard Side, Head of International at the University of Derby, said: “This was an amazing opportunity for students to visit Derby – many for the very first time – to experience what the city and surrounding areas have to offer.

“The students were given the opportunity to experience a breadth of cultural activities as well as socialise with other students and improve their English language skills. At the University of Derby, we pride ourselves on offering international students a high-quality enriched student experience.”

The four-week stay began with an opening ceremony at the University’s Derby Campus, attended by Mayor of Derby Frank Harwood, who made a welcoming speech as well as Professor Chen, Vice President of Jiangxi University of Technology.

The students were from universities including Jiangxi University of Technology, Beihai University of Arts and Design, Shenyang University of Technology, Hubei University of Nationalities, North China University, Xi'an Architecture University, Wenzhou Business College, Pioneer College, Zhejiang Wanli College, Jiangxi Provincial Bureau of Education and Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Xi'an Jianda University.

The University of Derby has 1,700 international students from more than 100 countries. Its International Student Centre is ranked the best of all UK universities that participated in the International Student Barometer 2018, which measures international students’ experience of higher education.