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Enhancing the international student experience

15 Jun 2016, 09:00 - 16:30
20 Tavistock Square 
United Kingdon


This conference will examine how universities can put international student experience at the centre of their institutional strategies. Delegates will hear examples of effective projects that have improved international student experience and gain a better understanding of how to implement changes effectively at all stages of higher education, to improve the experience of all international students - from undergraduates to postgraduate researchers.

Key themes at this conference on international student experience will include: 

  • the UK’s competitive advantage, the areas in which the UK needs to improve and approaches to implement this improvement
  • supporting international students in preparing for their future careers, whether they choose to return home or remain in the UK after their studies
  • encouraging and aiding the integration of international and home students, including the use of current and former students as guides, mentors and ambassadors
  • the forms of support - both financial and non-financial - for international students

Why are we talking about the international student experience now? ​​

The recent Competitive Advantage report shows that the UK is the most recommended major English-speaking higher education destination in the world by international students, and has improved satisfaction across all aspects of the learning experience. 

However there are some key areas where improvements still need to be made, and the UK cannot afford to stand still while our global competitors continue to improve at a rapid rate.

In this increasingly competitive global higher education sector, a first rate international student experience is essential for international student recruitment and retention. With experts from innovative and award-winning institutions, we will explore both institutional and sector wide approaches to improving the experience of international students in the UK.​

Sanaa Busaidy-Hubert

Sanaa Busaidy-Hubert

Events Producer
Universities UK

Nuzhat Fatima

Nuzhat Fatima

Events Assistant
Universities UK

Rachael Firth

Rachael Firth

Head of Events and Engagement
Universities UK


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