International students enjoy English ‘study holiday’ at GC

8 April 2015

Ahead of welcoming an abundance of students to its International Summer School this July and August, Gloucestershire College has played host to a young group of Thai students and a group of Japanese university students, to offer them a truly British cultural experience.

22 Thai students, aged 12 and 13, plus two of their teachers – all from Bangkok – arrived at the College’s Cheltenham Campus in mid-March for a month-long, classic English ‘study holiday’ filled with English Language lessons to improve their speaking and listening skills, and extra-curricular activities, ranging from drama workshops and filmmaking to Easter egg hunts, t-shirt printing and baking. They also visited UK sights such as Bath, London, LEGOLAND and the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Meanwhile the 27 Japanese students and their Professor, Hidemi Kobayashi, travelled all the way from Ibaraki University in north Tokyo to undertake a three-week culture course to improve their English, whilst interacting with the College’s other international students to enhance their communication skills. Many of the students want to be English teachers in the future and this opportunity provides them with the perfect platform from which to progress their studies and cultural understanding.

As well as visiting students learning Japanese at the nearby University of Worcester, this group also enjoyed excursions to Oxford, Bath, the Cotswolds and London.

As with all International students at Gloucestershire College, these groups stayed with host families in the local area, who are carefully chosen according to the students’ requirements.

Judy Woodman, International Manager at Gloucestershire College, said: “We are a dedicated team which enjoys supporting our students in achieving their potential, whether they are here with us for two weeks or two years.

“For many of our long-term international students, Gloucestershire College is the first step on their path to study at a British university, while others progress on to new ventures in their home countries, after having succeeded in their studies and integrated into British life and culture.

“Our students also enjoy making friends they will keep for life; those from different cultures and countries. Thanks to our host family network, they enjoy safe and happy homestays with us, which leave a positive and lasting impression. Some even keep in touch with them long after they have left the College.”

Gloucestershire College has been welcoming international students on to its full-time and Summer School programmes for more than 40 years now, thanks to its enviable location, high-quality teaching, outstanding facilities, personalised courses and dedicated team which helps all students integrate into college and life in England.

For more information visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/international or call the International Team on 01242 532140.

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