Cardiff University renews Study Group partnership to grow international student intake


1st Aug 2023: Cardiff University has renewed its partnership with international education specialists, Study Group, to deliver excellent teaching, support and learning experiences to international students at the Cardiff University International Study Centre, the majority of whom continue in the city to study their degrees at the University. 

As part of the venture, it is hoped that the Cardiff University International Study Centre will increase enrolments to 800 international students annually by 2027. New teaching spaces, student facilities, and support will also be created, attracting talented young people from across the world to the Welsh capital. 

The renewal builds on three successful years of partnership, with Study Group contributing to Cardiff University’s international engagement strategy through the recruitment, admission, teaching, and support of international students in preparation for study at Cardiff University. 

A member of the UK’s Russell Group of highly ranked research-intensive universities, Cardiff University is globally renowned for its influential research and commitment to innovation. The University employs 7,000 people, supports the creation of a further 7,000 jobs and delivers a net economic benefit of £3.7 billion for the UK economy, according to the latest independent data specific to Cardiff University. 

Cardiff University employs 7,000 people and generates £6.40 for every £1 it spends

Study Group CEO, Ian Crichton, says of the partnership: “We are proud to partner with Cardiff University to create these opportunities for students to benefit from an education with an esteemed institution. International education has never been more important. Whether it’s tackling big global challenges like climate change and poverty, navigating growing geopolitical divides or driving sustainable economic development, the future needs people with global skills and outlooks that transcend national boundaries. We look forward to supporting an increasing number of students from around the world to succeed across a broad range of degree courses at the university, so that they can help to create a better future for us all.”

Specialist teachers and professional welfare staff at the Cardiff University International Study Centre support international students to adjust to learning and living in a new country before progressing to the University. Since it opened three years ago, the popularity of the Cardiff University International Study Centre has grown year-on-year, recording a 64% increase in student enrolments.

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Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor and President of Cardiff University says: “International students have long been a core part of Cardiff University and together with Study Group, we have established a highly successful International Study Centre at the University. Recruitment to our International Study Centre continues to increase, enabling high quality international students to join our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. We are delighted to renew our partnership with Study Group, allowing more international students to benefit from specialist support that will match them to courses commensurate with their expectations, help them to succeed and to become active members of our vibrant student community in Cardiff.”

Former Cardiff University International Study Centre student Jerono Turgo, who is now studying architecture at Cardiff University, says: “The International Study Centre helped me to bridge studying from Kenya to studying in the UK, and it gave me a better understanding of architecture before actually starting the course. Cardiff is a beautiful city; it has a very loving community and you always find something to do.” 

Cardiff born Beth Tudball, who commutes in from the Rhondda Valleys for her job as Study Group’s Head of Student Experience and Deputy Head at the Cardiff University International Study Centre, comments: “Choosing their higher education path is a major milestone in any student’s life. When that decision includes moving to a new country for an international education, specialist support is crucial. Our first students joined during the pandemic, which could have been frightening and disappointing. Despite the restrictions at the time, 80% of our students have felt well prepared for university and fewer than one in 10 have told us that they don’t feel part of a community, which is testament to the warm Welsh welcome.”

The University and Study Group work in close collaboration on curriculum development, teaching and assessment, to ensure smooth transitions and future success for international students; 80% of the students that complete their course at the Cardiff University International Study Centre are accepted to their choice of degree programme at the university.

Looking to the future, Jerono Turgo continues: “Obviously the end goal is to be an architect. But I think I would want to go back home and implement the things I’ve learned here, things like social housing and just try, as an architect, to better Kenya.”

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Former Cardiff International Study Centre student Jerono Turgo is studying architecture at Cardiff University, where she hopes her education will enable her to improve social housing back home in Kenya one day.

International students completing pathway programmes at the Cardiff University International Study Centre go on to study a range of degrees from Health, Medical, and Life Sciences to Arts, Humanities, Law, and Social Sciences, plus many others.

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About Study Group 

Study Group is a leading provider of international education and a trusted strategic partner to 50 universities around the world. Committed to a better world through education, we deliver high quality international education solutions that drive success for our partners and students – from outstanding teaching to innovative approaches to international recruitment and student support. Our digital learning company, insendi, helps institutions deliver high-impact, transformational online and blended education using the most pedagogically powerful digital tools available. 

About Cardiff University 

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. The 2021 Research Excellence Framework found 90% of the University’s research to be word-leading or internationally excellent.  Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise encompasses: the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences; and the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering. Its University institutes bring together academics from a range of disciplines to tackle some of the challenges facing society, the economy, and the environment. 

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