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As part of the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme work, there has been significant interest in the transitions of international students.
The purpose of this web page is to draw together resources collated, and work undertaken within the Theme, that relate to this topic.
Other sector bodies that provide useful information about the international student experience, are also signposted.
These information sources may be of interest to a wide range of stakeholders.
Student Transitions Work
Institutions’ case studies undertaken within the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme, that support international students’ transitions in, through and out of Higher Education study, are available through the Transitions Map. Fourteen case studies have been submitted on the topic of international student transitions.
Another valuable resource is the report on the year 2 commissioned work into the experience and needs of international students. This report is available on the Student Transitions home page.
Resources from the 1 March 2017 joint University of Strathclyde and QAA Scotland event on Welcoming and supporting international students are also available.
The event focused on the academic, social and language aspects of international students’ transitions and featured presentations from academic staff, professional services staff and students. The resources include the event programme, presentation slides and notes from QAA Scotland officers from the parallel and plenary sessions.
An interview with Elspeth Jones
Professor Jones is Emerita Professor of the Internationalisation of Higher Education, Leeds Beckett University and discusses her views of, and tips for, enhancing the international student experience. Professor Jones was a keynote speaker at the 3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference in June 2017.
The following UK organisations provide useful sources of further information about international students.
• The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.
• The Equality Challenge Unit works to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education institutions across all four nations of the UK and in colleges in Scotland.
• The Higher Education Academy works in partnership with institutions and individuals in higher education supporting student success.
• The National Union of Students (UK) undertakes work aimed at supporting international students.
• Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland (sparqs) is a publicly-funded agency for Scotland's university and college sectors which aims to support student engagement in the quality of the learning experience.
A joint sparqs and NUS Scotland training package is available, about supporting international students to engage with their learning experience.
• The UK Council for International Student Affairs is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them.
• Universities UK is the voice of universities, helping to maintain the world-leading strength of the UK university sector and supporting its members to achieve their aims and objectives.