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Record number of international students

24 October 2007

Canterbury Christ Church University has enrolled a record number of international students for the academic year 2007/8.

From left to right: Emi Saito, Marina Sanadze, Kristiyan Vasilev, Mustafa Bey, Marie Henhinot and Roy Matthew From left to right: Emi Saito, Marina Sanadze, Kristiyan Vasilev, Mustafa Bey, Marie Henhinot and Roy Matthew

The University has recruited over 700 international students from 77 countries, who will study a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University’s campuses in Canterbury, Broadstairs, Tunbridge Wells and Medway.

A special event was held on Wednesday 10th October to welcome the new students. The event featured a variety of music from around the world, including a live performance from international students currently studying on the Commercial Music degree programme at the University’s Broadstairs Campus.

Marina Sanadze, who is studying Digital Culture, Arts and Media, said: “I have enrolled at Canterbury Christ Church because of its reputation as a professional organisation and so that I could experience a high quality of education. The University staff and students have been really friendly and, following my studies, I hope to use the skills I will learn to work in Europe for an advertising agency.”

Director of the University’s International Office, Susan Rhodes-Molden, said: “The increase of international students is a result of the wide range of attractive courses made available by the University and its reputation as a caring and welfare-orientated community. Our international students are a great asset to the University, increasing the cultural diversity and awareness of the student population and local community.”

If you are a member of the media and would like an interview with, or a photo of the international students please contact Laura Jones on 01227 782826.

Notes to Editor

The International Office

Canterbury Christ Church University’s International Office provides support to overseas students throughout their stay. The Office organizes an induction programme and acts as a focus for students whilst they are at the University. Students can come and see the International Student Support Officer to discuss any concerns they may have or to ask any questions. The International Student Officer arranges a social programme including local excursions and visits to London and other European capitals.

Many international students join the University for three-year degree programmes whilst others come for a one-year postgraduate course or for shorter periods and the International Office processes all international student admissions into the University.
As well as having internationally minded support staff in the International Office to help international students with their study visit, a significant number of the University's academic staff have international skills in teaching and research and undertake overseas teaching assignments and consultancies.


Claire Draper, Media Relations Officer,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782391,

Laura Jones, External Relations Assistant,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782826,

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