The HCT’s Central and Academic Student Services (CASS) department has negotiated a unique opportunity for HCT colleges to offer their students a combination program of work experience and IELTS training in the UK this summer.
The program will be organized by the individual HCT colleges for groups of 15 students which will include a college group supervisor. To be eligible to participate, students must be 18 to 28 years old with a current English language level of IELTS 4.5/5.0 equivalent.
The program will be run by one of the UK’s premier English language and professional training groups, Eurocentres. It will take place at their London Lee Green Centre which is close to Greenwich and just 20 minutes by train into central London.
Students will stay with selected Eurocentres host families, to experience British culture and everyday English language usage. They will be given single room accommodation on a ‘half board’ basis that includes breakfast and an evening meal. Religious and dietary considerations will be taken into account.
The first stage of the course involves four weeks of intensive English language training at Eurocentres’ Lee Green London, Britain’s largest IELTS testing centre. Upon completion of this stage, students will enter a four week work experience placement with suitable London businesses. This will be arranged by Eurocentres who will then monitor and record the student’s performance and progress throughout this activity.
There will also be plenty of time for sampling London’s sights and culture during the weekends and in the evenings. London has a comprehensive public transport system so travelling around the city is easy.
It is envisaged that students who participate will be offered certain exemptions within their HCT program for these activities.
This program will be held in July and August 2008. The expected cost is AED 36,200 and will cover tuition, accommodation, most meals, travel and pocket money. Bookings need to be made by the beginning of April 2008.
Interested students and program supervisors should contact their college academic or student supervisor for more information.