At UCA we have a long history of welcoming international students looking for a creative education, with 20% of our current student population coming to study with us from outside the UK – from as many as 110 countries worldwide.
The Rotary Club has welcomed our newest cohort of international students to Farnham at a special event held at Farnham Castle. Students from as far afield as Sweden, Jordan and Taiwan met with Rotary members to learn about the town’s rich history and vibrant community.
President of Farnham Rotary Club, Ian Sargant, said: “For the past few years we’ve enjoyed welcoming international students to Farnham and telling them a bit about the town, to create goodwill at an international level. Hopefully this will help international students at UCA to feel a sense of attachment to Farnham.”
After a spread that reflected the international diversity of the attendees, the students were given a tour of the castle and had the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Pat Frost.
Product Design student Lianne Manna, who was brought up in Jordan but is originally from Palestine, said: “I really enjoy the atmosphere of Farnham – it’s a calm and cosy town. The people have been very friendly and welcoming, and with all the other international students here I feel there are other people in the same boat as me.”
Danielle Jones, our International Development and Support Manager, said: “Events like this are important as they bring different communities together and offer our new international students a chance to see that they’re not only part of our University community, but they’re part of Farnham’s community as well.”
Amongst our portfolio of creative courses are a number of pre-degree programmes which are specifically designed to help international students prepare for a creative education in the UK. These include our International Foundation in Art, Design & Media, and our Pre-sessional English courses.
You can find out more about our international community here.