This summer, Aston will be running its first ‘International Summer University’ (ISU), providing international students with a wonderful opportunity to enhance their languages skills and to sample life in the UK.
The University’s ISU is a distinctive study programme combining intensive English language tuition (provided by Aston’s CELCA), with specialist courses in a variety of topics including media, culture and cities, urban regeneration, global employability, sustainability, marketing, politics and international relations, optometry and TESOL. Specifically, the ISU gives international students the chance to:
- improve their spoken and written English
- keep up-to-date with the latest ideas and practices in a particular field of interest
- take advantage of international networking opportunities
- experience life in the UK’s largest and most ethnically diverse regional city
- experience living and studying at one of the UK’s leading universities.
Both a two week course (18 – 29 July) and a three week course (11 – 29 July) are being offered and the ISU is already attracting established and aspiring professionals from around the world. ISU has been designed for those already in employment, and for students at bachelor or graduate level (the minimum age is 18).
Stewart Comfort, Director of International Partnerships, told Aspects: “I’m delighted that we are offering our own international summer school for the first time – this is an important addition to our programme portfolio and creates opportunities for short term student exchange with partner institutions across the world.”
It is hoped that the summer school will be further developed in future years, both in terms of the number of participants and the range of subjects offered. For further information, please contact Julie Kaul (ext 4465) or Stewart Comfort (ext 4773) or visit the ISU webpages.
The International Summer University is organised and taught by Aston University, in partnership with The College for International Citizenship/ Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College and Birmingham City Council. All students who complete the ISU will receive a record of attendance from Aston University.
Words by Louise Russell
2 March 2011