Each week, students from all over the world visit the college to study and explore Hastings and the South East.

So we thought we’d take a little time out to chat to some of the students.

Francesco is studying on our International A-Level programme, and is in Hastings for 10 months.

“Hi, I’m Francesco and I’m from Ferrara in Northern Italy. I’m 17 years old and I am on a 10 month exchange programme from my college studies in Italy.

I am studying A-Level Maths, Further Maths and Physics, and was really interested in coming to England, and particularly Hastings, to study in a British college so that I can get a taste for studying abroad, experience a new town and culture, and improve my English.

I was really excited to arrange my study year and chose Hastings because it has lots of history and it is a beautiful and traditional seaside town. Since I’ve been here, I’ve been able to explore the town, visiting the old town, the cliff railway and the smugglers caves.

I started at the college in September and I was really impressed with the college when I arrived. It is a lovely new, modern building, with great resources inside and really friendly people. I settled into college life really quickly and really enjoy the subjects I am studying. I chose maths, further maths and physics because these are the subjects I am studying back in Italy, and hopefully they will help me to pass my exam when I return home.

As part of my studies, I was required to undertake a week of work experience, and during one of my visits to London, I was able to secure a placement with the British Museum, where I volunteered in the department of Prints and Drawings. It was an amazing experience learning how to handle delicate original prints, then scan and upload them to the Museum’s website. I was also able to look at original drawings from Italian renaissance masters, which was incredible. The team were wonderful and always willing to help.

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I think the work experience project is a very interesting and useful idea, as it helps young students understand the world of work and enter a richer and more complex life.

I'm thankful to the college for the amazing opportunity they've given me, and to the British Museum for accepting so kindly my request and to my team for all what they've taught me."

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