Nearly 250 potential students from Sicily have expressed an interest in studying in Bury St Edmunds.
They registered their enthusiasm after West Suffolk College show-cased its courses at a university fair in Catania, Sicily - the only UK further education institution amongst the 60 exhibiting.
Newly appointed international officer Stefania Garrone, who is from Sicily and was a languages teacher there, travelled to the event with vice principal Martyn Wagner and Angela Bingham, admissions and customer services manager.
Mr Wagner said: “We were overwhelmed with inquiries from students who want to study in the UK and are attracted to Bury. Students were interested in a wide range of courses and liked the fact we could help them gain work experience in UK industries as well as vocational training and degree courses. There was also a demand for courses in technical English to help students with their studies.”
Ms Garrone joined the college in November and has specific responsibility for recruitment from Italy and the rest of Europe. She first visited the college with a group of students in the summer who were doing an English course at Bury Language School.
She said: “I was delighted when this job came up and I’m very happy to be here helping the college and UCS Bury St Edmunds to expand its offer to international students. I was very encouraged by the response we received at the degree fair.”