International at colleges

UK colleges work with countries all over the world to deliver education and training to students, professionals and leaders. College international activity brings a range of benefits to local students, staff and communities.

International Students

Students from countries outside the UK can apply to join college courses such as A-levels, foundation programmes, English language courses, summer schools and higher education programmes. The UK academic year runs from late August/early September to June. Some colleges may also offer full-time courses starting in January. Students should check information for their country regarding immigration, entrance requirements, course fees and work rights before applying. UK Visas and Immigration is the UK Government department that publishes information about UK entry visas. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides helpful information for international students preparing to study in the UK. AoC's map of member colleges shows where our colleges are located, to help students, their families and sponsors choose the right study destination.

Training, consultancy and capacity-building

Colleges have expertise that can help other countries with the development of their own technical education and training systems. Colleges can share best practice and provide advice, helping international partners to find the right solutions for their own context. Colleges have expertise in:

  • Teacher-training and train-the-trainer programmes
  • Vocational curriculum design and verification
  • Quality management
  • Educational leadership
  • Student support

Colleges offer training programmes leading to recognised qualifications, and can also tailor training programmes to suit clients' needs, awarding a college certificate.

Case Studies - Internationalisation

The British Council has produced a series of case studies about internationalisation in further education colleges. You can view the case studies here