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Greenwich partnership offers new route to UK degrees for international students


The University of Greenwich (@UniofGreenwich) is celebrating the launch of a new partnership to provide international students with foundation diplomas for UK degrees

The new Oxford International London Centre (OILC) is based in a state-of-the-art teaching space in Greenwich High Road, close to the university’s Greenwich campus.

The Centre will offer both an International Foundation Diploma in Business and an International Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Finance from September 2021, with a second intake in January 2022.  These will be stand-alone diplomas and are therefore different from the integrated degrees currently offered.

Validated by the University of Greenwich, the courses will enable successful students to progress to a range of degrees of their choice at UK universities.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, Professor Jane Harrington (pictured left), said:

“Greenwich is proud to be a truly international university. Our existing partnership with Oxford International has enrolled over 1,000 students on preparatory programmes since 2018 for undergraduate and postgraduate studies here in the UK. It’s fantastic that we’re building on that work with this new centre and supporting international students to learn and thrive with us following such a challenging period.”

Lil Bremermann-Richard, Group Chief Executive Officer at Oxford International Education Group (pictured right), said:

“We are genuinely excited about taking this next step in expanding on our already very successful partnership with the University of Greenwich. We have always believed that the route to success is working collaboratively to help create those strategic relationships that support continued growth and progress. The launch of this new centre and the stand-alone Foundation Diploma provides international students, who otherwise would not have been eligible, with the opportunity to progress onto the University of Greenwich degree programmes.”

The new partnership builds upon the successful work of the University of Greenwich International College (UGIC) which is run by Oxford International Education Group in partnership with the university.

UGIC offers a range of undergraduate and post-graduate degree options, giving its students full university student status from the outset, including access to university facilities and service, plus English language support.

The OILC International Foundation Diploma portfolio will expand from September 2022 and is likely to also include Engineering, Computing and Law.

University of Greenwich has been providing higher education for over 125 years. It has over 20,000 UK and international students studying at three campuses in the UK, and an additional 17,000 students studying overseas.

University of Greenwich is a public, research university with four faculties: Architecture, Computing & Humanities; Business School; Education & Health; and Engineering & Science. It’s part of the University Alliance group and is silver rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

The university operates across three campuses: Greenwich and Avery Hill in London and Medway in Kent. Its renowned research has been globally received and endorsed by nine Times Higher Education Awards and four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher & Further Education.

Notable alumni include the late Nobel Laureate Sir Charles Kao, Blur musician David Rowntree and campaigner Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon.

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