INTO City students celebrate their graduation
In a grand ceremony at London's Barbican Centre, eighty students who had previously completed an INTO City course donned their mortarboards to receive their Master's degree certificates.
Eleven students had progressed from INTO City's Graduate Diploma which is designed to prepare international students for postgraduate study with a focus of academic theory, language skills and research techniques. Two of the students received distinctions in their Master's degrees, while eight more obtained merits.
Sixty-nine graduates who had progressed from INTO City's Pre-sessional English course were awarded their Master's degree. Six were awarded a distinction, thirty-two received a merit and five were placed in the award class with a commendation.
Hande Yilmaz, a Turkish student who progressed to the LLM in International Commercial Law from INTO City's Pre-Sessional English was among those being honoured:
"When I came to London I was uncomfortable and unsatisfied with my English and the course helped me to improve my speaking and writing. My classmates were really nice people from all around the world and I made a lot of friends from different countries. The tutors were very kind and experienced in their professions, and the whole experience was amazing."
The INTO partnership's central element is that the university retains control over the quality of the academic experience and ensures consistent support services for students. Eamon Martin is Director of Operations for the INTO City joint venture:
"It's fabulous to see INTO City students graduating from the University. At INTO City, we have a first-rate track record in preparing students for further study at the University. The number of students coming through this route rises each year and indications are that they are studying successfully at City. These graduations are very visible signs of a successful partnership".
INTO City's Graduate Diploma provides international students who do not qualify for direct entry to university with a pathway into a wide range of postgraduate degrees at City University. Diploma students develop study skills and English language and subject knowledge in preparation for their chosen Master's degree.