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Diversity of International Pathway College is one of its major strengths

From Argentina to Zimbabwe and Austria to Zambia, the diversity of De Montfort University’s (DMU) Leicester International Pathway College (LIPC) is one of the most culturally varied in the country.

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LIPC students on Alton Towers trip

LIPC, which helps prepare international students for entry on to DMU degree programmes, has seen a surge in the number of students enrolling from all corners of the world with 58 different nationalities now represented.

The last intakes in January and April also saw admissions rise at higher than expected levels and the total number of international students at LIPC has more than doubled since the college first opened.

LIPC is justifiably proud of its achievement in obtaining as diverse a cohort as possible which has been made possible due to the efforts of its recruitment teams across the world, from places such as India, Pakistan, America, Russia, the Middle East and China.

“We have always strived to have as diverse a student body as possible to give people the opportunity to meet others from so many different countries and cultures. I’m proud of our reputation as a truly international college,” said College Director Philip Moere.

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Duc Trung, aka Jeremy

The valuable support LIPC staff provide to international students starting their degrees at DMU is often cited as one the reasons it is proving so popular.

Vietnamese student Duc Trung, also known as Jeremy, is studying the International First Year in Business and Management at the college.

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He said: “The teachers and staff are really helpful, friendly and willing to help. They make sure we learn English clearly enough to understand every lesson and there are tutors to help with this in every class.

“LIPC has been the best place to start a new journey of my life. Like other international students, I struggled with a new culture, new people and a new place, but LIPC supported me to get through all of this.

“Every student at LIPC is an international student, so we have similar worries and interests in common. We help each other and share our experiences and knowledge together.

“Studying first at LIPC helps us to avoid culture shock and struggling with the [mainstream] British education system.”

At LIPC, which opened in summer 2014 at the heart of the DMU campus, international students start an undergraduate or postgraduate degree with specially-designed academic modules and English language support.

Upon successful completion they then continue with their DMU degree programmes with around 95% of such LIPC students continuing their studies with DMU.

Posted on Thursday 11th May 2017

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