An international visit took place in April giving Italian students the opportunity to explore the Midlands and beyond.
The Academy hosted a visit for 140, 17 and 18 year old students and 15 Italian secondary school teachers from the Italian region of Basilicata. Amongst the schools from the region taking part on the course, were the IPESOA ‘Turi’ and the Liceo Scientifico Statale ‘Carlo Levi,’ from the city of Matera.Telford Innovation Campus welcomed visitors from Italy in a special visit organised by the University of Wolverhampton’s International Academy.
The visitors stayed at Telford Innovation Campus from Monday, 13 April till Sunday, 26 April.
During their visit, the students explored the UK, taking part in cultural visits to, Blists Hill, Cambridge, Stratford, Warwick Castle, Birmingham and London. The students followed an English Language programme delivered by a team of Language professionals.
The course additionally offered the opportunity to take part in Option Classes for Art and Design, Drama, Animation and Photography and Media and Broadcasting, with visits to places such as the BBC in Birmingham, with the opportunity of recording their own
Vice Principal of the International Academy, Angela Molinari said: “This experience has been extremely rewarding for the students and an excellent opportunity for the International Academy whose staff has worked very hard to bring the project to fruition.
“The teachers of these cohorts have also expressed an interest in our teacher training courses as they found the course organisation of a high standard and the campus surroundings most attractive.“It is down to such dedicated staff that we now have interest from the teachers to return with more students in the next academic year.
“Dedicated staff at the International Academy ensured that these highly motivated students received a rewarding and memorable Summer School experience and we look forward to continuing and extending this educational collaboration with these Italian schools. “
Whilst still on the course at the Academy, one of the school teachers, Mr Nicola Maiellara had an article published in a regional magazine; ‘La Nuova’ about their experience, quoting “It is a unique opportunity for the students of our school, to participate on this course of study in one of the most fascinating places conceivably imaginable.”
The International Academy has expressed hopes to arrange and host similar visits in the future.
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