Central College Nottingham has over 30 years experience of working with international students and offers excellent teaching and support at competitive prices. Flexible English as a Foreign Language courses are ideal for improving students’ general English, as well as preparing for further study. Central College Nottingham International Foundation Programmes (developed with the University of Nottingham) have helped many international students gain places at some of the UK’s top universities.
Why Central College Nottingham?
- Accredited by the British Council for teaching English as a Foreign Language
- UK Visas & Immigration Highly Trusted Sponsor
- Excellent progression record to high ranking universities
- Flexible start and finish dates for English language programmes, with 4 intakes for International Foundation Programmes (2½, 3, 4 and 5 term options)
- Discounts and scholarships available for selected countries
Services for International Students
If you choose to study at Central you can be sure of the highest standards of care and support. From the moment you apply through to when you complete your course, friendly staff will help you and make your experience of studying in the UK enjoyable and memorable.
- Free airport pickup for all students under the age of 18, as well as those studying for a full academic year. Pre-booked airport pick-up for all other students is available on request.
- Help with finding suitable accommodation, with compulsory homestay places for students under the age of 18.
- Comprehensive induction programme, including information about your course and College services, as well as support with opening a bank account, registering with a doctor and police registration.
- International Student Advisors to provide advice and help with any problems.
- A personal tutor to offer guidance with your course and discuss your progress with you, with formal reports written at least twice a year.
- Specialist staff to assist you with your university UCAS application.
- Social programmes including a welcome party, cultural celebrations, summer ball and trips to places of interest in the UK. Some of these activities are free of charge, with others offered at a small fee to cover transport costs and entry to any tourist attractions included in a visit.
- A ‘Buddy Scheme’ offering the chance to make friends with British students.
As an international student, one of the most important things when you come to the UK will be to make sure you have somewhere safe, friendly and welcoming to live. Central Accommodation Service will help you find the best accommodation to suit your needs. Compulsory Homestay accommodation is offered for all students under the age of 18.
Accommodation options include:
- Self-catering student / Halls-of-residence
- Private rented houses
Did you know that thousands of students from all over the world choose Nottingham as their study destination each year? Why? Because the city has a combination of excellent designer and high street shops; a vibrant music scene with live bands and clubs; and a busy cultural hub, with art galleries, theatres, and independent designers in the historic Lace Market and surrounding areas.
Also, there are lots of bars and cafés in the city as well as restaurants with a wide range of international foods to try with your friends. You could even visit ‘Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem’, reported to be England’s oldest inn.
Nottingham is also a great base from which to explore the rest of the UK. It is under 2 hours by train to London and other major cities like Birmingham and Manchester are easy to get to.
When you take a break from your studies, why not take some time to learn about some of Britain’s history and enjoy beautiful scenery in the surrounding countryside. Wollaton Hall, a mansion built in Elizabethan times, is a fantastic place for a picnic and a photo opportunity for movie fans – it featured as Wayne Manor in the recent film ‘Batman, The Dark Knight Rises’. A trip to Sherwood Forest Country Park allows you to enjoy the great British outdoors and see the home of the legend Robin Hood and the world famous Major Oak.
Why not visit the homes of two of the most well-known British writers, Lord Byron and DH Lawrence, or step back into the city’s past at Nottingham Castle and in the historic caves which lie beneath the city?
Whether you love to play sport or want to see sporting stars in action, you will have a great choice in Nottinghamshire. The county is home to two Football League clubs – Nottingham Forest, made famous under the management of Brian Clough in the 1970s and 1980s for back-to-back European Cup wins and Notts County Football Club, the oldest football league club in the world. If you prefer cricket, you can watch international test cricket at the world-famous Trent Bridge, which is also home to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.
If you like sports that are a little bit different, why not go to the National Ice Centre, which has two Olympic-sized ice-skating rinks? You can try ice-skating yourself or watch the famous Nottingham Panthers team play ice hockey. Or, if you like being outdoors, you can visit the National Watersports Centre and try white water rafting, canoeing, sailing, kayaking or wakeboarding!