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International Pathway College welcomes its first students

Photo credit: www.york.ac.uk
Photo credit: www.york.ac.uk
Photo credit: www.york.ac.uk

The University of York’s International Pathway College (IPC) will welcome its first students this coming week, commencing the 19th September, it has been announced. The IPC is a pioneering expansion for the university, in which it will partner with Kaplan International Colleges to provide academic preparation for international students new to studying in the UK.

The programme will cater for 300 students this year, with that number planned to rise to 450 after three years: the Foundation Certificate will cater for those preparing for undergraduate study, whilst those preparing to progress to a taught masters degree will enrol on the pre-masters programme. The extensive range of courses on offer, all approved by academics at the University of York, will reflect the wide variety of subjects which international students study. The format of the course will allow academic subject-specific content to be taught alongside English language and general study skills. The welfare and extra-curricular activities offered will also help the students to realise their full potential.

Dr Matthew Perry, the Director of the IPC, said that he was excited to welcome the college’s first students:

“This is a very exciting time for the University of York and the International Pathway College. It has taken years of hard work to get to this stage but I am delighted that our first students are set to arrive on campus this weekend. We have a brilliant team here at York who are looking forward to meeting the students and delivering a fantastic programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students.”

The new team set to embark on the project, all of whom have extensive experience of assisting international students in accessing higher education, will be led by the subject leaders: Chris Copland (English Language and Academic Skills), Dr Ben Flowerdew (Science and Engineering) and Dr Charalambos Pattichis (Business, Law and Social Sciences). Furthermore, Iain Brennan has left his position at Kaplan International College London to fill the place of College Services Director at York.

In terms of the project’s location, in its first year it will be served by existing buildings on Campus West, such as the new Spring Lane teaching building, before it debuts its purpose-built home on the Campus East.

Those interested can find out more about the International Pathway College, including how to apply and fees and scholarships, at https://www.kic.org.uk/york.