The college strives to provide high-level supports to our International Students to help them deal with the problems that they might encounter during their time at the college. We hope all of our International Students can easily settle down and enjoy their study at the college.
Meet and Greet
To help our new International Students get to the College more easily, we will offer Meet and Greet services including transport services from Manchester Airport in August each year, such as Taxi service, coach service or host family pick-up. For details, please check our website to get the updated arrangements of our meet and greet service.
The Student Council are a group of students who are elected by their peers to represent the interests of students at the college and make decisions on a variety of important issues. The Council also organise charity fund-raising events, and college staff will actively seek the opinions of the Council whenever the views of students are required. Our Student Council will also speak for International Students to address issues related to them. International Students are welcomed to get involved with the Student Council and represent their peers.
Our qualified counsellor is there to listen and provide a confidential service and help to international students with personal and emotional problems, such as losing sleep, suffering from homesickness, feeling lonely and depressed, anxious or exhausted, or struggling to cope with college. The college counsellor can see students on a one-off basis or for a period of time. You can contact the counsellor yourself, through your tutor or any member of staff in the college.
Visa and immigration advice
We have a dedicated International Officer to assist International Students to handle their visa application and address immigration issues. Prospective or current International Students can contact our International Officer via telephone or email to seek information on any issues related to visa and immigration. This includes how to obtain a visa to study within your country or within the UK, liaison with UKBA, information about your immigration responsibilities, travel during your stay and staying on to work after your studies.
Additional Learning Support
The ALS team can be found in the Learning Resource Centre. They offer one-to-one and group support sessions for students with recognised learning difficulties or general help with spelling, time-management and many other aspects of college life and learning.
All international students will have English or IELTS sessions built into their programme of study.
The role of a personal tutor is to look after your interests – whether related to your studies or any other aspect of your life. They are there to provide support and advice, ensure that you are progressing with your studies, and give you one-to-one support. You will meet your tutor every week as part of a Tutor Group. During these group sessions you will follow an active programme which aims to help and support your studies and prepare you for progression on to University. You will also meet individually with your tutor once a month. The aim of these one-to-one sessions will be to discuss your academic progress and to agree achievable targets. Students find this individual support extremely valuable.
Clich here for more information on student support.