CREATIVE young people from across the globe have been sampling our region’s culture in what is hoped to become an annual event.
Students from as far afield as the U.S. and Australia have been taking part in the University of Sunderland’s first international cultural summer school.
The seven students involved have come to Sunderland to learn more about the university’s world-renowned courses in media, performing and creative arts.
They all also had plenty of opportunities to sample the region’s wider cultural delights, including Hadrian’s Wall, Alnwick, York Minster, Northumbria’s historic coast and castles – they even went on stage during a backstage tour of Thriller Live at the Sunderland Empire.
Nicola Jackson, international development officer at the university, said: “There is a big demand for short-term study abroad, particularly from the USA.
“We designed the course specifically for international students, but our own students have been studying and working alongside them.”
The students have taken a number of workshops at the university and hit the region’s historic sights to practise their art – filming at Bamburgh Castle, painting at Hadrian’s Wall, performing songs and dance on the region’s beaches and even becoming DJs for the day at 107 Spark FM, the University of Sunderland’s student-run radio station.
“Generally our overseas students get to explore the region’s culture and heritage themselves, but with these students only being in the UK for three weeks, we wanted to take the opportunity to show them as much as possible,” added Nicola.
“It’s also an opportunity for overseas students to see our facilities first hand, and we hope some of them will return to Sunderland to study here.”
The University of Sunderland has a large contingent of overseas students who put tens of millions of pounds into the region’s economy during their time studying here.
At the university’s recent summer graduation ceremonies students from 89 countriesgraduated at the Stadium of Light.