University of Reading helps international students click

The institution has launched an online British Council course guiding students from overseas as they prepare for university life

International students coming to study in the UK for the first time are to benefit from a new online course helping them prepare for university life.

The British Council course was developed by the University of Reading’s Online Courses team, who have developed more than 20 public online courses on a variety of topics, in partnership with the International Study & Language Institute (ISLI), also part of the University.

Study UK: Prepare to Study and Live in the UK launched on Monday 3 September on the FutureLearn platform. Over a four-week period, the free course will prepare prospective international students for university life in the UK, through a series of online articles, videos, discussion tasks and quizzes.

After winning the contract through a competitive bidding process in May this year, the Online Courses and ISLI teams had just three months to develop the course structure, write the content from scratch and deliver a range of bespoke learning resources in time to benefit incoming students this academic year.

Study UK will provide an ongoing resource for students to refer to throughout their stay in the UK, on topics including:

 – Characteristic features of UK higher education: including active engagement, critical thinking, evidence-based argumentation and independent study

 – Study modes: including lectures, seminars, tutorials, student presentations, group assignments, and assessment

 – Language skills for academic success: including reading, listening, note-taking, speaking, and writing

 – Student support services: including library facilities, English language support, and counselling

 – Student life in the UK: including practical advice about finding accommodation, making friends, what to bring, and what to do on arrival 

Vincenzo Raimo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement at the University of Reading, said: “I’m proud that the University of Reading has played a key role in developing this online course, which will support international students studying in the UK, particularly those coming to the UK for the first time. It is an important tool which shows the UK as a welcoming destination for international students, taking them through some of challenges they might face.”

Fiona Samson, GREAT Britain Campaign Director at the British Council, said: “This is for all international students who are about to embark on a life-changing experience and will allow them to join an online community of peers in the same position. With 437,000 international students coming to the UK to study, we recognise that preparing for success is beneficial not only for the students themselves, but also for UK higher education institutions and the reputation of the UK as a study destination.”

This new course will not only support prospective international students coming to Reading, but also those enrolling elsewhere in the UK. International students can register for the course now.

For further information visit the Study UK webpage.  

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