English and International communication skills

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What is the course about?

This hands-on course is designed for employees, professionals and executives working in an international academic environment. The goal is to improve the required English language and communication skills to build up and maintain contact with international students, guests from abroad and / or partner organizations.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is aimed at international office staff and smilar administrative roles in an international context.

After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:

  1. a pre-course questionnaire that will help your trainers find out more about your learning needs
  2. a recommended reading list to prepare yourself for various aspects of the course
  3. information about York to prepare yourself for your cultural experience
  4. information about the Europass Mobility Certificate

At the end of the course, you will:

  • Improve your fluency and self-confidence when discussing relevant academic topics
  • Develop your range of work-related vocabulary and your accuracy when using certain grammatical structures in an international office environment
  • Build key competences for professional communication in English, including intercultural awareness and other interpersonal skills
  • Improve your understanding of the challenges when working in an international environment and develop strategies to overcome these when working with international students, partner organisations and acaemic colleagues
  • Enhance your working relationships with academic staff by exploring ways in which to build trust, influence others, resolve conflict, and give feedback

The course ends with an evaluation session, in which you will be asked to reflect upon the knowledge you have gained during the course.

You will also be encouraged in this session to create a Personal Development Action Plan, and select activities that you would like to try out in your own contexts to further improve your communication.

You will also be invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow participants from the programme, as well as learners from York Associates’ other courses.

There is also the opportunity for follow-up online training sessions to further consolidate your learning and reflect on how you are implementing what you learnt on the course into your own contexts.

You will also continue to have access to York Associates’ online language learning platform once your in-person training sessions have ended.

If you are from a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will need a visa. Students from certain countries do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in the UK. You can check if you need to apply for a visa on the UK Visas and Immigration website.
We can recommend a few accommodation options. Find out about them on our accommodation page.
If you need to cancel or defer your course:
  • We understand that your plans may change quickly during this unprecedented time. If you need to defer your course, we will not charge any fees on tuition, as long as you notify us by 16:00hrs on the Friday before your course begins. We will defer your course and any fees paid for up to 12 months from your original start date.  If you need to cancel your course and are unable to defer to a later date, we regret we will not be able to refund your fees unless you have given us a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice of cancellation.
  • If we have arranged homestay accommodation for you, we will not charge any cancellation fees if you notify us at least 48 hours before you are due to arrive. If you notify us with less than 48 hours’ notice, you will need to pay for three nights’ accommodation
  • If we have arranged hotel or self-catering accommodation for you, the cancellation conditions will vary according to the type and location of the accommodation, and we will confirm them to you individually when we send your accommodation details
  • If you need to leave your course early for any reason, we may be able to offer the following options:
    • You may continue your course online using a combination of virtual lessons with your trainer and self-study
    • In some cases, particularly where the total course duration exceeds four weeks, we may decide to cancel your programme and refund your course fees for any unused weeks
    • In other cases, we will issue a voucher for any unused complete weeks, for you to return to York Associates at a later date
  • If you need to leave your accommodation early, we will require a minimum of 3 days’ notice. After this, all accommodation fees will be refunded to you

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Fast Facts

Start date(s)
April 25th 2022 / September 12th 2022
Max. group size
8
Min. age
21
Minimum CEF level
Starting from B1
Course materials
Included
Is Erasmus+ funding available?
In York Course Formats
Price
25 hours
£495
Online Course Formats
Price
Individual (from 15 hours)
From £790
Small Closed Group (from 15 hours)
From £295
Large Closed Group (from 15 hours)
From £215
Booking fee
£55

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