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Enthusiasm for a British education is on the rise amongst students from Russia, with the number of applications growing faster than any other nationality, according to enrolment figures released today by Study Group International, global leader in international education.

January enrolment figures at Study Group’s £30m Brighton Study Centre show a year on year increase of 21 per cent in Russian students.

Second only to Chinese students, Russian applicants make up the largest segment of the entire student body at the Brighton Study Centre, which attracts students from over 120 different countries.

James Pitman, managing director of Study Group UK, commented: “Following the recent closure of the British Council offices in Russia, fears of a weakening relationship between British and Russian education sectors have been widespread. I’m delighted that these results show such concerns to be unfounded, and that the enthusiasm of Russian students for the gold standard education the UK offer has, if anything, increased.

“Even the tightening of the application process for student visas in Russia has failed to have an adverse affect on applications, and we look forward to welcoming an ever increasing enrolment base from this part of the world.”

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About Study Group International

CHAMP Private Equity, in partnership with Petersen Investments, took ownership of Study Group International Limited for AU$176.4 million in 2006. Arvid Petersen, of Petersen Investments, is the company’s Executive Chairman.

Spanning five continents, Study Group is a global leader in international education, providing the highest quality educational opportunities for students from over 120 countries. Beginning in 1994 with 7000 students per year, Study Group now has an enrolment base of 40,000 around the world.

Through Study Group’s leading set of partnerships with top universities, it is able to provide on and off-campus preparation courses for international students that ensure academic success and entry into some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world. The quality of its teaching is confirmed by independent accreditation bodies worldwide including: English UK, Ofsted, British Council, NEAS, Accet, English Australia and New Zealand Qualification Authority.

Through the Bellerbys brand in the UK, Study Group provides academic preparation for international students wanting to study at English-speaking universities. Courses include GCSEs, A-Levels, specifically designed Foundation courses to gain entry into universities, a degree course and pre-masters qualifications.

Study Group offers English language courses for international students in 18 locations in all of the main Anglophone destinations through its Embassy CES brand. Courses include short-term general English, one-year academic programmes and specialist English preparation for public English language qualifications, or for degree programmes at English-speaking universities. Study Group also runs youth summer vacation courses in the UK, Ireland and the USA, combining English language training with both academic and extra-curricular activities.

The biggest intake of international students into Study Group’s UK programmes is from countries with emerging economies such as China, and South East Asian economies, and in particular from oil rich nations like Russia and the Middle East.

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