Young people from China are experiencing student life in Leeds this month, with a three-week summer school at Leeds Trinity University.
29 students and two academic staff from Shanghai Dianji University arrived at Leeds Bradford Airport this weekend, ahead of their programme at the University campus in Horsforth. From 7 – 27 August 2016, the group will take part in English language lessons and course subject taster sessions including History, Media and Journalism. There will also be various trips into Leeds, as well as organised excursions to York and London.
Mr Kevin Wang, Director of International Affairs Department at Shanghai Dianji University, said:
"Our students are so excited to join the wonderful summer programme arranged by Leeds Trinity University where they can learn English language and culture through activities, visits and city tours, just like course study. Summer programmes in UK are part of our SDJU internationalisation strategy, and we encourage students to go abroad for more international experiences. By 2020, Shanghai Dianji University will send more than 1000 students to join overseas programmes."
Internationalising the campus, curriculum, outlook and experience for students and staff is one of Leeds Trinity University's key strategic goals, and over the past few years, the University has developed more relationships with universities across the world.
Louise McCarthy, Director of International Development at Leeds Trinity University, said:
"We have excellent relationships with a number of universities around the world who share our ambitions, mission and values at Leeds Trinity – but we're always keen to further develop international relationships.
"Not only does partnership working provide opportunities for overseas students to study abroad in Leeds, but also opportunities for our students and staff to visit other countries, experience different cultures and contribute to international developments through teaching, research and knowledge exchange. At Leeds Trinity, we recognise the huge value that such experiences can have."
Throughout the trip, Leeds Trinity will support the nationwide We Are International campaign through a series of social media posts. The campaign aims to highlight the significant contribution and impact overseas students have to the UK's economy and culture. Find out more about international study at Leeds Trinity University