Issue date: 28 June 2012
The University of the West of England, (UWE Bristol) and Kaplan, the educational and career services provider are to create a new international college, based at UWE's Frenchay Campus in Bristol.
Known as UWE Bristol's International College, it will prepare students from around the world to take up places at the University, which is based in one of the UK's most attractive cities.
UWE Bristol's International College will be run by Kaplan International Colleges in close collaboration with the University.
Students will be recruited from more than 100 countries, enhancing the University's existing international mix on Frenchay Campus. The first students will arrive in September 2012 where they will be welcomed to Bristol along with UWE's international and UK students.
UWE Bristol's International College will provide study skills, English language and subject-specific courses giving students a chance to study in the city before entering the University.
Students who successfully complete their course will be eligible to enter the University's undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes across a wide range of subjects including engineering, law and business.
UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West, said: “UWE has built significant partnerships with international employers and institutions which have allowed us to build impressive offerings and facilities for our students. This new partnership with Kaplan will allow us to expand these opportunities for overseas students.”
Linda Cowan, Managing Director of Kaplan International Colleges, said: “The innovative courses available at UWE combined with their high ratings for student experience and teaching excellence will provide a strong offer for international students from around the world. UWE Bristol's considerable resources include one of the largest and most well- regarded UK business and law schools; the largest robotics lab in the UK; links with scores of creative and media companies; and the development of innovation networks with some of the hundreds of microelectronics firms – the second highest concentration outside Silicon Valley.”