The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has today signed an agreement creating new opportunities for students across the globe to benefit from a UK education.
Working with the Holmes Education Group, UCA will open a dedicated international college at its Epsom campus this autumn to help overseas students develop the communication and creative skills they need to study on a creative degree programme in the UK.
UCA Vice-Chancellor Professor Bashir Makhoul said: “The UK’s creative higher education provision is the best in the world, which is why so many overseas students aspire to study here.
“In fact, as a young man, I came to the UK as an international student from my native Palestine, because as far as I was concerned the UK presented the very best opportunities for me to realise my ambitions as an artist.
“As Vice-Chancellor of UCA I am passionate about breaking down barriers in order to provide a truly international education for our students. The creative industries operate on a global scale and it’s important that our curriculum, culture and communities reflect this to give students the very best preparation for their future careers.”
The new UCA International College’s courses are specially designed to be a stepping stone for students wanting to progress onto a postgraduate or undergraduate course at UCA.
Christopher Nagle, Director, Holmes Education Group, said: "Holmes has been a determined pioneer in international education for over 30 years. We are excited to make this contribution to the UK's creative provision for international students and welcome the world to Epsom.
"Growing numbers of international students are wanting to study creative subjects, but many don’t have the formal standard required for degree-level study. The new University for the Creative Arts International College (UCAIC) will provide tuition that’s specifically tailored to the needs of students wanting to progress onto a course within the creative arts, business or technology.
"Holmes has a long history of success across many disciplines. Preparing students for further study has always been at the heart of what we do. I personally believe strongly in driving cross-cultural exchanges which is why I still teach at our institute in London."
UCA’s International College will open its doors in September 2019 and is expecting to welcome around 120 new students from all over the world.
For more information: www.uca.ac.uk/ucaic