The idea behind the One More Experience was to give education
counselors a real taste of student life so they are able to
communicate the INTO difference to those international students
weighing up their study options in the United Kingdom. The trip
also helped convey the distinctiveness of the higher education
institutions INTO are partnered with, as well as assist our
university partners achieve some of their own key strategic
"For INTO, this is a major undertaking," explains Jeremy Histon,
Assistant Director of Global Recruitment at INTO. "To run seven fam
trips simultaneously, across seven centres nationwide, as well as a
large scale weekend of activities in London has been a challenge
logistically but represents the lengths INTO and our partner
universities are willing to go to in helping them [counselors]
understand what we have to offer students from all over the
Indeed, the event has been so successful that we are planning to
run this again next year.
The One More Experience lasted just over a week and began in
London with counselors visiting the designer outlet Bicester
Village or exploring the history of Windsor Castle, followed by a
champagne reception and dinner at the spectacular Natural History
Museum. Following this, our network of counselors split into groups
and traveled to seven of our study centres and university partners
around the country to sample life as an international student
living in the UK.
For the education representatives, this was a great chance to
live and breath life as a student. For the host INTO centres and
universities, it was a chance showcase their living and learning
environments, run workshops and academic sessions as well as
indulge representatives in local activities, customs and in some
Counselors visiting INTO Scotland at Glasgow Caledonian
University gained a taste of student life as they joined class
representatives and ambassadors for some traditional Scottish
haggis, whisky and Irn-Bru, ( a famous Scottish soft drink).
Paul Correa, an education representative from the Gambia, said,
"I'm so happy that I got the opportunity to try haggis. It's
delicious. Although, my favorite part of my trip to Scotland was
when we visited the famous Auchentoshan whisky distillery and
sampled some of it for ourselves."
At the University of Exeter, counselors spent time with several
departments within the University to experience each discipline
area on offer. Practical sessions, seminars and tours were given,
including a workshop in the aerodynamics laboratory and the
recently refurbished Biosciences laboratory as representatives took
part in an experiment with some current students to look at the
affects of diabetes.
Busygina Ekaterina, from LLC Lingfort in Russia ,said, "This
trip to Exeter has helped me a lot to understand the INTO
organisation, and the University structure. It was a great idea to
have a few lessons which helped to be inside students' life."
Eleanor Wheaton, Marketing Coordinator INTO University of Exeter
felt that the group really embraced everything that was arranged
for them, "We've hosted an incredible group of people who have been
a delight to work with this week. From the Cha-cha-cha dance class
on Tuesday evening, to the science lab practical in INTO and the
live moot, the visiting agents have enjoyed seeing what it's like
to be a student in Exeter."
In Newcastle, 54 counselors explored the new £74million INTO
Newcastle University Centre followed by a tour of St James Park, a
medieval banquet and were blown away by the hospitality of the
local people. 'Thank you for your kindness and patience. It was an
amazing and wonderful trip!' said Lili Huang, a representative from
the GetSet Xiamen Centre.
In the South-East of the country, INTO University of East Anglia
held a student-run session on the Newton A-level programme, with
each student focusing on one aspect of the course, after which
representatives seized the opportunity to ask questions of the
students and teaching staff. Other activities including archery,
student shopping trips and a smooth sale down the Norfolk
Lynn McQuire, Director of International Partnerships at GCU,
helped summarise the One More Experience by saying, "It was lovely
to welcome the delegate group of education representatives to INTO
Scotland at GCU. It was the ideal opportunity for them to get a
taste of the wonderful student life and excellent campus facilities
we have at GCU."