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British Council relaunches int’l student MOOC

The British Council has relaunched a massive open online course this week in a bid to help international students prepare to study at a university in the UK. Nearly 8,000 learners from 174 countries participated in the MOOC’s first run in September 2018.

This course aims to provide students with the help they need to study and thrive in the UK. Image: Future Learn

Nearly 8,000 learners from 174 countries participated in the MOOC's first run

At no cost to the student, the Study UK: Prepare to Study and Live in the UK course is designed to familiarise students with the ways of teaching and learning in the UK, as well as student life.

“This is for all international students who are about to embark on a life-changing experience”

Developed in collaboration with the University of Reading, the four-week course includes video lessons from experts in the higher education sector, a Facebook Live session on January 10, and mentor support throughout. It covers everything from the characteristics of higher education in the UK teaching formats, course assessments, support services and practical guidance on UK student life.

The course is co-funded by the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign as part of their joint Study UK drive.

Fiona Samson, GREAT Britain campaign director at the British Council explained that the course draws on their combined knowledge and experience of working with international students and applied it to a course that aims to make students feel more confident and well-prepared for study.

“This is for all international students who are about to embark on a life-changing experience and will allow them to join an online community of peers in the same position.

“With more than 273,000 new international students coming to the UK to study every year, we recognise that preparing for success is beneficial not only for the students themselves but also for UK higher education institutions and the reputation of the UK as a study destination,” she said.

Vincenzo Raimo, Pro-vice-chancellor (Global Engagement) at the University of Reading added that he was proud of the key role the university played in developing the MOOC.

“It’s an important tool that shows the UK as a welcoming destination for international students and takes them through some of the challenges they might face,” he added.

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6 Responses to British Council relaunches int’l student MOOC

  1. It is really a great opportunity to all international students, it’s so good for internationals who are much interested in OR to those who are about to embark on life changing experience. Me personally am interested in UK culture and this a great opportunity for me to thrive and also to interact with UK community. Is much blessings if I can see my self successful.

  2. This is a good move, giving us opportunity to learn in our homes as we prepare to study in UK…
    I would like to be part of the learners.
    Good move,

  3. To become a valuable member of the human society that enables me to utilize my knowledge and skills, I am very much interested to join the MOOC to embark on my life-changing experience and become familiar with UK culture and rest of the world. Therefore, this is a great opportunity for me to thrive and also to interact with UK community.
    And I hope to become successful.

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