WeAreInternational Student Charter launches

17 June 2022


This week, we launched the #WeAreInternational Student Charter at our flagship annual conference.

The #WeAreInternational Student Charter is a student-led document, written by UKCISA’s #WeAreInternational Student Ambassadors and developed with the input of students and staff from across the international education sector in the UK. 

The Charter provides guidance on the fundamental principles for delivering a world-class international student experience, from pre-arrival to post-graduation. 

To launch the Charter, we hosted a reception at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle and were joined by UKCISA members, international education sector colleagues and student ambassadors.

Guests were welcomed to the event by Anne Marie Graham, Chief Executive, UKCISA who talked about the importance of working with international students to enhance the international student experience:

“Throughout the pandemic, they [#WeAreInternational Student Ambassadors] provided a clear and consistent student voice – guiding us at UKCISA but also the wider sector, and parliamentarians, in terms of what the lived student experience of the pandemic was.”   

Our President, Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE officially launched the Charter and shared how important it is for the UK to exceed ambitions to welcome international students:

“This unique charter can provide the framework for us to measure our progress in achieving the International Education Strategy’s ambitions for enhancing the international student experience.” 

UKCISA’s Chair, Professor Koen Lamberts urged members to get behind the #WeAreInternational Student Charter and work with UKCISA to showcase best practice and identify ways to work together to improve the experience of international students:

“The Charter really captures what UK education providers seek to offer their international students from pre-application to post-graduation.”

#WeAreInternational Student Ambassadors Natalja and Sharif spoke about their experience of studying in the UK and how the student ambassadors have contributed to the #WeAreInternational Student Charter.

We hope that colleagues from across the international education sector – from international schools and colleges to universities and students’ unions – will read the Charter and embed its core principles into their strategies.

You can find out more about the Charter and read more about it in the PIE News and WonkHE.