Welcome to the University of Huddersfield
As an international student, you can be confident that your time at the International Study Centre is the beginning of your journey towards a successful career. Throughout ten years of collaboration with the University, our courses have prepared students from around the world for the challenges of degree-level study. Through our time with us, you will gain the academic knowledge and English language skills necessary to succeed at the University of Huddersfield.
Huddersfield is a modern, successful and innovative university with a great reputation for helping students succeed in their chosen career.
Focus on your career
The University of Huddersfield is among the UK’s top providers of work placement courses and knows exactly how to prepare students for successful careers and a great future. Most courses offer professional work placement opportunities, giving you a rounded learning experience and helping you stand out to future employers.
Learn from the best
The University has highly qualified teachers and was awarded gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), 2017. Every single member of the teaching staff is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (a national organisation that marks Britain’s best lecturers) and they are passionate about helping you succeed.
Enjoy the experience
The University is located in the centre of the thriving West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield and is ranked in the top five in the UK for student experience.* Perfect for students, Huddersfield also offers a lower cost of living compared with the UK’s major cities and has lots of cafés, shops and restaurants for meeting friends.
Awarded 84% student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey, 2018.
Successful, innovative and modern – welcome to the University of Huddersfield
Whatever you aim to do in life, it pays to get a good education. And with high standards of teaching and learning and excellent facilities that’s exactly what our students can expect from the University of Huddersfield. Based right in the town centre and at the heart of the local community, we help thousands of people, from school leavers to those returning to education after a gap, achieve their goals each year.
In 2016 our institution celebrated a very special anniversary. We marked 175 years since an educational institute was set up in Huddersfield to educate local working people. In 1841, it was known as a Young Men’s Mental Improvement Society and had about 400 students. Since then we’ve grown into a university with over 23,000 students. On these pages you can explore a timeline of our history, find out more about the university estate, and see where our alumni’s ambitions have taken them.
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International Study Centre
Whether you are interested in creative arts, computing, engineering or business, there is a course at the International Study Centre to suit you.
Preparation for success
Preparing for university is one of the most important things any student has to do. As a student at the International Study Centre you will learn the academic and English language skills you need to be successful on your chosen degree at the University of Huddersfield.
Your first day on the University campus
You are a student of the University from the very first day you join us at the International Study Centre. You will study and learn on campus, and have full access to University facilities such as the library, sports hall and Students’ Union.
Welcoming students from around the world
Being an international student means you are part of a wide community of different nationalities. We know how to help you adjust to your new environment and make the most of your time in the UK.
Experience university-style teaching
We will introduce you to the style of teaching that you will experience at the University. Taking part in tutorials, seminar-style classes and larger group lectures means you’ll be well prepared once you progress to your degree.
All courses at the International Study Centre have an integrated careers and employability element called CareerAhead. You will develop key skills, create a personal development plan and build your CV in preparation for achieving your career goals.
Progression to your chosen degree
Joining the International Study Centre guarantees that you will receive a conditional offer of a degree place at the University of Huddersfield. Once you successfully complete your course, and meet the required entry standards, you will proceed to study
your chosen degree.
Making the most of your time with us
You can take advantage of an exciting range of academic and social activities while you are studying here. Over recent years our students have visited York, Paris, Berlin, London, the Lake District and Alton Towers. We will ensure that you have the opportunity to apply your learning to real-world situations, make friends for life and enjoy your time as a Huddersfield student.
THE INTERNATIONAL STUDY CENTRE HAS WELCOMED STUDENTS OF OVER 55 DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES IN THE LAST 10 YEARS.
A top university for teaching
Receiving a great education starts with excellent teachers. Studying at a university with high teaching standards is integral to your education. The University of Huddersfield is one of the leading universities for teaching excellence, and boasts one of the best teaching experiences in the UK. You will learn from respected academic staff, encouraging you to become an engaged, independent learner, ready to enter the world of work.
Fellows of the Higher Education Academy
Learn in one of the best academic environments, where excellent teaching guides your education. Huddersfield is the only university in the UK where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. This national organisation identifies expertise where staff demonstrate a personal commitment to impactful learning. You will learn from some of the best, supporting you to be the best.
Teaching standards are high at Huddersfield. In 2017, the University won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award by the Higher Education Academy. The award recognises the University’s world-class teaching and overall success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers. Your teachers at Huddersfield are prepared to help ambitious students like you define your goals and achieve success in your education and your career development.
Universities in the UK are part of a high quality education system, where you will receive support from leading academics. The University of Huddersfield ranks joint first in England for the proportion of professionally qualified teaching staff by HESA, 2020. Supported by modern facilities, including an extensive library, you will gain a top education and achieve a recognised degree.
The University was rated five stars for teaching in the QS World University Rankings in 2018. Professors here are experts in their fields, with over 100 professors engaging in leading research and academic publications. During your degree study, you may have the opportunity to join research projects, gaining practical experience to prepare for your future. It is this practical experience and expert education that enhances your career development and employability, and supports Huddersfield students to the 90% graduate employment rate (QS World University Rankings, 2018). Here, you will gain the education, experience and support you need to succeed.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system used by the funding bodies for UK higher education, to assess research quality in UK universities. This takes place every 6 years and is carried out by a panel of experts working on behalf of the four UK higher education funding bodies. The assessment results are used to allocate research funding (approximately £2 billion annually) and provide the public with information about the quality of a university’s research.
If you are applying for a research degree, you may need to submit a research proposal with your application. The proposal helps an academic school or department establish whether it has the expertise to support your proposed area of research study. It will also be used in assessing the overall quality of your application.
What is a research proposal?
A research proposal is a concise and coherent summary of your proposed research. It sets out the central issues or questions that you intend to address. It outlines the general area of study within which your research falls, referring to the current state of knowledge and any recent debates on the topic. It also demonstrates the originality of your proposed research.
The proposal is the most important document that you submit as part of the application process. It gives you an opportunity to demonstrate that you have the aptitude for graduate level research, by demonstrating that you have the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly, concisely and critically. The proposal also helps us to match your research interest with an appropriate supervisor.
A postgraduate research proposal should:
Careers and employability
We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition. We offer all our students careers advice for life, meaning you can access support for the duration of your career.
Careers advice and support
The Careers and Employability Service is here to help you find work opportunities and to apply. Our team will give you one-to-one guidance to help you work out your career options and provide you with information, advice and guidance. Some of the resources that you’ll get access to when you join us include:
Our approach to guide you to become an employable graduate, encouraging you to get involved with activities that could help you stand out in the jobs market through a concept we call EmployableME. Your EmployableME journey starts the very minute you begin University and continues throughout your working life. As soon as you’re a student here, we’ll be looking out for ways to help you get a fulfilling and rewarding job. We can also help you with identifying transferable skills if you are looking for a career change.
We also offer a number of online resources. The Careers and Employability resource hub, MyCareer, is a home to the JobShop, where you can access hundreds of vacancies from organisations that want Huddersfield’s students and graduates. MyCareerPlus features useful tools such as an interview simulator, help with psychometric tests, assessment centres and a number of employer videos, providing a valuable insight into employers’ perspective on key aspects of what they’re looking for.
MyCareer Resource Hub is an online resource for graduate opportunities and information about different industry sectors, allowing you to search for opportunities based on what your area of interest is and to gain sector-specific information. Our employment market statistics are another valuable source of information that can give you an idea of what other people from your course have gone on to do after graduating.
What our students think
What our students love about Huddersfield is that there’s a real focus on practical career advice, emphasis on work placements and a variety of opportunities for students.
Our International Student Support Advisors can assist you with many issues you may face during your studies, including:
The University Disability Services provides confidential advice and guidance, with a focus on you and the support you need. You can find full details of what they offer on the Disability Services webpages.
The Service works with students with a range of disabilities and long-term conditions that have a significant impact on their ability to study. This includes specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, mobility or physical disabilities or conditions, hearing impairments, visual impairments, social communication difficulties such as autistic spectrum conditions or mental health issues. Our main aim is to work alongside you to get the right support in place at the right time as we believe that nothing should stop you achieving what you’re capable of.
We appreciate that it can sometimes be difficult to discuss your disability so, we’ll give you the time you need as well as clear information about what support we can offer, who we will share the information with and why. Here are some of the things we can help you with:
Arrangements for an up-to-date Educational Psychologist Assessment
Help you apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance
Offer ongoing individual support based on what you require
Give advice on campus facilities and accessibility
Co-ordinate services for people with complex needs
Link with accommodation providers on your behalf
Huddersfield has great accommodation for students. Book with our preferred, recommended and approved accommodation provider, DIGS Student, and be guaranteed a room in halls of residence.
Our student accommodation in Huddersfield offers a unique experience. Storthes Hall Park is a popular student village with a buzzing community and everything on your doorstep! Head to the on-site gym, relax with friends in the bar, stock up on essentials from the shop or go for a relaxing walk in the nearby woodland. The choice is yours…
Storthes Hall Park Student Village is set in idyllic West Yorkshire woodland. Here you’ll find a range of modern rooms larger than the national average and student-friendly facilities. With our dedicated bus service to get you to the University of Huddersfield and back easily.
Our rooms have something to suit all budgets too. Single or double occupancy, with a choice of sociable or dining style kitchens, plus an en-suite in every room. Huddersfield uni accommodation doesn’t get better than this.
Ashenhurst Houses is sociable house-style living without the fuss of managing monthly bills. With the town centre on your doorstep you will have plenty to keep you and your new housemates busy.
This style of accommodation is a great choice – you get your own private bedroom complete with a plush single bed and vanity sink, and you share a kitchen and two bathrooms with 6-8 other students. There will be no squabbles about who paid the latest gas and electricity bill (we cover thosefor you!), just a fun, friendly, student environment for you to enjoy.
Arranging alternative accommodation
If you want to do your own thing when you arrive, then Huddersfield Students’ Union has a dedicated service for prospective and current students. HudLets provides impartial advice about housing options and offers support and guidance when you are looking for accommodation. They are available throughout the summer so you can drop them a line at any time and get the advice you need before you arrive.
Other student accommodation in Huddersfield
In addition to our preferred, recommended and approved supplier of student accommodation there are a number of options for students in Huddersfield, as listed on the Huddersfield Students’ Union webpages. These include halls operated by iQ Student Accommodation (Aspley House, Little Aspley House and Castings House) and HOST (Saw Mill, Snow Island and Firth Point).
If you would like to find out more please visit the Huddersfield Student Union’s website for details.
Aspley House and Little Aspley House
Both Aspley House and Little Aspley House have a range of accommodation.
You can choose between individual studio apartments and en suite rooms in shared flats.
Saw Mill offers accommodation in flats consisting of 7-10 en suite bedrooms with a shared kitchen and living areas, and studios with their own kitchenette and living area.
Snow Island offers a range of en suite rooms in 3, 4, 5 and 6 bedroom flats with shared kitchen and living spaces.
Firth Point offers en suite rooms in 4, 5 and 6 bedroom flats with shared kitchen and living areas.
Our Library is pretty special. It contains:
It’s open seven days a week during term time and round the clock for most of the year, plus our computer lab is open 24 hours a day all year round.
It’s not just stuff and things though, you’ll also be able to call on support from:
• Over 500 PCs and Apple Macs
• Free Wi-Fi throughout campus
• IT support
• 24-hour computer access.
Health and wellbeing
University life is a great experience where you will make lots of new friends and learn lots of new things. However, there may be times when you have concerns or become worried and it is at these times that we can support you. A healthy body and a healthy mind is exactly what you need while you’re studying.
Wellbeing Services is here to help students get the most out of their time at University and offer confidential one-to-one and group support with a wide range of personal and emotional concerns. You can find full details of what they offer on the Wellbeing and Disability Services webpages.
Here are some of the things we could help you with:
Here are some of the ways we could help:
More information is available on our Wellbeing and Disability Services webpages.
See yourself in Huddersfield
There is more to this historic Yorkshire town than you might think. Mountainous countryside, industrial history and a thriving
town centre are waiting to be discovered.
Entertainment and culture
A theatre for local arts and an extensive range of new shops, cafés, bars and restaurants provide plenty of entertainment. Huddersfield hosts an annual food and drink festival and the Tour de France even cycled through the town in 2014. Huddersfield Town football club is in the English Championship league and has a 30,000-seat stadium close to the University.
The town has a long industrial history, some of which still remains today. Taylor and Lodge, one of the oldest wool manufacturers in Huddersfield, is still producing high volumes of wool. The company even provided material for the Royal Wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William in 2011.
Explore the nearby areas of outstanding natural beauty, with the Yorkshire Dales to the north and the Peak District to the south. Whernside is the highest peak in the Dales and offers spectacular views of England.
Explore the big cities
The major cities of Leeds and Manchester are less than 30 minutes away by train, so you can access the best features of big city life while living in a friendly and welcoming town. Even historic York, famous for the War of the Roses, can be reached in just 50 minutes by train. London is 2 hours and 40 minutes away by train, and Manchester Airport 55 minutes by train.
Student life on-campus
As a student at the International Study Centre you will have access to all the University’s facilities from day one, including the library, Students’ Union and clubs and societies. The fantastic learning facilities at The University of Huddersfield have been awarded QS 5 stars – the highest rating availability – and the Computing and Library Service has proudly been awarded “Customer Service Excellence”.
With access to millions of books, journal articles, databases and media items, the University library will be an important tool for your success at Huddersfield. Open seven days a week and staffed with friendly, knowledgeable employees, the library will always be accessible to you. Study spaces are available to fit your working style, too – whether that’s quietly and alone, or collaboratively. The library is spread out over five floors with over 400,000 books in print alone. TalkStations also make it possible to make free calls over the internet.
Sports and societies
Sports clubs, societies and opportunities to volunteer – there is an activity group for every interest from the American Football Team through to Games Development and Salsa dancing. Take a look through over 110 sports clubs and societies to see what’s currently available.
However, if you’ve seen the long list of activities and haven’t found what you’re looking for then you can always set up your own group.
Also, there are 60 global societies that you can get involved with for free. No matter what your nationality these societies are free and open to all students to join in with.
If you’re looking for a gym or fitness class then meet Team Hud, our friendly sport and fitness team. They manage the sports facilities at Huddersfield including the fitness suite, sports hall, squash court and purpose-built studios. Check out the Team Hud website for more information on facilities and membership.
You won’t be short of activities to do at Huddersfield. There are over 100 clubs and societies on campus to choose from, including everything from salsa dancing and drama club to American Football and Wing Chun Kung Fu. If there’s something you’d like to do that doesn’t currently exist, feel free to start a society or club yourself.
The University’s international societies are sponsored by the International Office and are student-led groups open to all students and staff at the University. Their purpose is to represent different cultures, languages and countries on and off campus, include others, educate and learn from one another while making new friends and having fun along the way.
The goal of the Students’ Union is to make your life better. Make your voice heard when it comes to important issues and complaints that affect you. Get involved! You could even stand for election if you’d like. The Students’ Union also works with local and national charities and organisations. This means you’ll have the chance to learn new skills, meet new people, gain real world experience, and have a bit of volunteer work to put on your CV.
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