CHINESE students paid a visit to Sunderland as part of an international summer school.
Sunderland College played host to the 15 students as part of an eight-year partnership with Guangzhou No 2 Foreign Languages School in China.
The students stayed at Clanny House, a University of Sunderland hall of residence during their visit.
They were given the opportunity to improve their English language skills at classes provided by the college.
The study tour, facilitated by Angela Lister, international business development manager at Sunderland College, comprised both educational and leisure trips and saw students aged 13 to 17 visit key British landmarks and figures.
One of the trips took in the Houses of Parliament in London, while they also met Councillor Barry Curran, the deputy mayor of Sunderland.
During the three-week programme, students were also given the opportunity to experience new insights, from learning a new culture and cuisine, to meeting new people from diverse backgrounds.
Angela said: “As a college, we aim to understand a range of diverse and ethnic backgrounds, and the summer school provides us with a great opportunity to do just that.
“Each year, the students consider the summer school to be both an enriching and challenging experience.
“The exchange is equally as beneficial and humbling for the college tutors.
“Programmes such as this are a great way to strengthen our relationship with international students, who one day may wish to study at Sunderland College.
“We’re already looking forward to meeting next year’s students.”