The Princess Royal today opened an international student centre at St George’s, University of London.

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The INTO St George’s centre offers students from around the world the opportunity to study at St George’s with its rich history stretching back 250 years and supported by  cutting-edge scientific discovery in the fields of heart disease, infection and population health.

The centre is a partnership between St George’s and INTO University Partnerships (INTO)  that provides international students courses opportunities to progress on to undergraduate courses or postgraduate programmes.

Students on the international medicine programmes at INTO St George’s study initially in London prior to spending up to two years on clinical placements in the United States; their programmes feature preparation for the US Medical Licensing Examination.

Opening the centre, The Princess Royal, who is Chancellor of the University of London, said: “You must be doing something right as it is very popular."

Professor Peter Kopelman, Principal of St George’s, said: “St George’s educational and research excellence is now complemented by INTO’s track record of success in ensuring international students have the greatest opportunities at universities worldwide.

“The new INTO St George’s centre is a step in a journey that will permit all of our students to experience health care from a global perspective, an experience that will undoubtedly provide benefit to their careers and, importantly, their future patients”.

One student who met The Princess Royal during her visit was Michelle Forde, who was born at St George’s Hospital and now studies physiotherapy at St George’s University of London.

She said: “Meeting the Princess Royal in person was quiet different to how I expected. She was very friendly. It was nice that she was so interested in talking to us students and finding out more about all aspects of our university lives. I felt very proud.”

At St George’s, students benefit from studying at the UK’s only independent medical and healthcare higher education university. The University shares its location with St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one of the UK's largest teaching hospitals.

Notes to Editors:

INTO is a global education organisation that works in partnership with universities.

It currently has partnerships with 11 UK, four US and two Chinese universities, and since 2007 has enrolled 50,000 students from 128 countries. Since 2007, too, it has generated over £400m in additional tuition revenue from international students progressing to UK higher education.