University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

International Student Advice and Support

The PGCert in International Student Advice and Support addresses the needs of a range of professionals who work or seek employment in educational settings where the recruitment and personal, academic and professional support of international students is core business; principally this programme enables individuals working with international students (for example in student support services and international offices) in the independent sector (e.g. English language schools, public schools), and in higher and further education to systematically develop, extend and deepen their knowledge of both theory and practice; in a pervasive climate of local, national and international change, such professionals require expertise in interpreting changing political, social and legal frameworks, alongside the cultural and psycho-social aspects of helping and advice work with a variety of international students; this programme addresses the central issues facing international student advisors in their day-to-day working lives; the UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA) has chosen the School of Education, with its expertise in counselling and international education, as their preferred institution to deliver this innovative qualification for professionals working in the sector.

Entry requirements

Students would normally be expected to hold an Honours degree at 2.2 or above, or its international equivalent; applicants with qualifications other than a 1st degree who have an approved professional qualification, or those with non-standard applications, are considered on an individual basis; if English is not the student's 1st language,students must achieve an overall score on the British Council IELTS test of at least 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each element, or a TOEFL iBT score of 87, with no less than 21 in listening, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking and 21 in writing.

Course modules

The course comprises 4 15 credit modules totalling 60 credits. Cross-cultural aspects of advice and support; advice-giving and client care; legal frameworks and advice giving; managing complexity: advanced competencies for international student advisors.

Assessment methods

Each 15 credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 3000 words or equivalent.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time £ 1,795 per Academic year (home fees) 21 months
PgCert Part-time £ 4,810 per Academic year (overseas fees) 21 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Jubilee Campus Nottingham NG8 1BB East Midlands

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