Royal Holloway have partnered with the pathway provider, Study Group, since 2011, when the International Study Centre (ISC), based in Wettons Terrace, was opened, and the International Foundation Year was launched.
Study Group are a world-leading provider of university preparation courses, supporting international students to progress onto degree courses at their chosen university. The network of International Study Centres began at the University of Sussex in 2006 and has expanded across the UK to encompass partnerships with 17 institutions, including Durham, Sheffield, Surrey, Cardiff and Lancaster as well as Royal Holloway. In 2019, Study Group became the first, and currently the only, private pathway provider accepted on to the Office for Students (OfS) Register of English higher education providers, which provides recognition of their standards for course quality, academic standards, student support and student protection.
The Royal Holloway ISC will continue to offer the existing International Foundation Year and will be launching a new International Year One and Pre-Masters Programme in the academic year 2020-21.
The International Foundation Year (IFY) programme has been taught by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre (ISC) based at Wettons Terrace, for nine years.
The programme is targeted at international students who require additional preparation before they begin their undergraduate studies at the College. There are three pathways which lead on to a wide range of Royal Holloway undergraduate degrees; Arts and Social Sciences, Management and Economics, and Sciences.
The IFY has two possible start dates, in September and January, and each year around 130 students join the nine month programme with the aim to progress onto one of the College’s undergraduate degrees the following autumn.
The IFY programme focuses on core modules, study skills and academic English.
The International Year One (IY1) programme has been designed by Study Group in partnership with Royal Holloway academic colleagues from each of the relevant departments.
The programmes are aimed at international students who require additional support and preparation in English language and study skills prior to joining the university. In addition to the significant levels of support in these areas, the IY1 will also provide the academic content of the first year of the relevant degree.
The intakes of the IY1 will be in September and January, starting from autumn 2020, and the first cohort of students will progress in to the second year of the relevant Bachelors degree at Royal Holloway from September 2021 onwards.
There are four IY1 pathways which lead on to a limited number of Bachelors degrees in the following subjects: Business and Management, Computer Science, Economics and Electronic Engineering.
The Pre-Masters Programme (PMP) has been designed by Study Group in partnership with Royal Holloway academic colleagues from each of the relevant departments.
The PMP comprises three parts: academic English skills, relevant subject-specific content and a research project related to the student’s destination Masters degree. The programme is aimed at international students who need additional support in these areas prior to joining their taught postgraduate studies.
There will be one intake for the PMP programme in March, starting from Spring 2021, and the first cohort of PMP students will progress to the relevant Masters courses in September 2021.
There are five PMP pathways which lead on to a range of Masters degrees in related academic subjects: Business and Management, Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, Economics and Social Sciences with specialisms in Art and Humanities, Politics and International Relations and Law and Criminology.