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PG Certificate International Student Advice & Support


University of Nottingham in partnership with UKCISA

We are delighted to be working with the University of Nottingham to offer a Postgraduate Certificate in International Student Advice and Support. This is a one-year part-time course which has run since January 2013.

The course runs from November to June/July. Applications are open for entry to the course in November 2017The University of Nottingham website lists 19 October as the application deadline but you are advised to apply no later than 10 October to ensure sufficient time to process your application to start in November (or as early as possible if you are applying with non-standard qualifications).  If you think you will miss the deadline, contact Nottingham to discuss.

It is aimed at staff delivering international student advice and support and includes four residential modules on:

  • Cross-Cultural Aspects of Advice and Support
  • Advice-Giving and Client Care
  • Ethical and Legal Frameworks and the Role of the International Student Adviser
  • Managing Complexity: Enhancing Student Adviser's Influence and Impact

Dr Belinda Harris, Director of Postgraduate and Undergraduate programmes at Nottingham outlines the nature of the course:

“The programme is taught at weekends, as University of Nottingham and UKCISA staff co-teach the programme; we normally have two or three tutors working collaboratively throughout each weekend. The programme has highly-participative residential weekends at its core, and we work hard to create a safe space for students to critically reflect on their lives, their role and their professional experience. We also create small and large group opportunities for participants to try out new ways of being and behaving as an adviser.

Student satisfaction is very high and we believe that it is the diversity of students in each group (where they work, cultural heritage, age, experience etc) together with the close team work of the staff group, that enables quite deep sharing and personal/professional  change to occur.”

Lizzie Huckle, Senior International Student Adviser, City University London
(Completed PG Cert in February 2014) 

“Doing the PG Cert enabled me to step out of my day-to-day working life and spend some time thinking about myself as an adviser and the work that I am doing with students and within the institution. Having worked in international advice for many years, this was really the first time I have had the opportunity to do this and I think the work we undertook on the course has really helped me to develop both as an adviser and as a manager. It was also a great way to meet a whole new group of people working in a range of roles across a number of institutions and we formed some close friendships as a result.”

More information and how to apply

Download flyer on the course (this is up to date in 2017):  PG Cert Nottingham flyer 2016PG Cert Nottingham flyer 2016

For details and how to apply, see the course details on University of Nottingham's website.

Read our member's blog from a recent graduate of the course.

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