Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. Can I work while I study?
A. Yes, you can. International students can work up to 10 hours per week (term time) and full time in college holidays. There is a minimum wage but students can earn more than this, depending on the job they find.
Q. Do universities recognise Bournemouth and Poole courses?
A. Many of our courses have progression to degrees at universities in the UK, with some leading directly on to the third year of a degree at Bournemouth University. The International Access to University programmes offer a series of routes into a number of UK universities. There are many two-year National Diploma programmes, all of which provide a recognised pathway to university.
Q. What are the facilities like at Bournemouth and Poole?
A. The College has a number of campuses (sites), all of which have a very high standard of resources, although the buildings vary in age and style. Classrooms are spacious and well-furnished and all courses have up to date equipment to meet your study requirements.
Q. Will I be safe living in the area?
A. Bournemouth and Poole are quiet, residential towns that become busy during the tourist season. They are very safe to live in and welcome around 30,000 international students every year, who study at The College, the University, The Arts University and private language schools.
Q. How many overseas students do you have?
A. The majority of our full time students – 90% - are local students. We have small group who come from the European Union, and about 7-8% come from over 41 countries around the world.
Q. Can I find a job when I finish my course?
A. If you have a General Student Visa you are required to return to your home country after you have finished your course. You would then have to apply for a Work Permit or a Training and Work Experience Permit.
Q. Will I get the opportunity to study with UK students?
A. The vast majority of College courses are attended by UK students, together with EU and international students.
Q. Will it be easy for me to travel to Europe?
A. Yes, as long as you hold the appropriate documents, travel to Europe is easy. For example you can travel to France by ferry from Poole in about four hours.
Q. If I start a course at The College will I continue to get support for my English?
A. Yes, you will. The teachers in our Language Support unit will offer English support to students during their course.