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Istituto Marangoni
Royal Holloway University of London
Widener University
University College Dublin
Royal Roads University


Study Group has continuously broken new ground in the international education sector, with a history of exceptional investment, programmes, collaboration, facilities, contributions, and awards. Our leadership continues today with a relentless focus on international student needs, and a drive for growth in the modern education age.

  • 2017

    Royal Roads University International Study Centre won two prestigious awards for its innovative website in January.

    In February 2017, Study Group announced a new collaboration with Durham University. The new International Study Centre will be based at Queen’s Campus in Stockton-on-Tees.

    In addition, February saw the launch of a brand new website for Bellerbys College.

  • 2016

    Holland International Study Centre partnered with Tilburg University, a research university in the south of the Netherlands, in April. 

    Study Group reached a fundraising milestone for Building Futures with a total of $1,000,000 raised for school projects in developing countries since projects began over 10 years ago.

    Study Group’s new careers programme CareerAhead launched at 28 International Study Centres, in July.

    International Year One in International Relations, for progression to the University of Leeds, introduced at the Leeds International Study Centre in July. 

    Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi joins forces with Study Group. Part of the prestigious Texas A&M system, Corpus Christi is the only island university in the U.S. and offers a hands-on learning approach. Academics often work with students on issues facing them in the local environment.

    A new collaboration with The City College of New York was announced this year. Founded in 1847, CCNY is a historic institution with new ideas. CCNY supports innovation and research excellence, providing exceptional outcomes for international students.

    In August 75% of Bellerbys College A Level students achieved A*-B grades, compared to the national average of 53%

    Building Futures launches Sindhupalchowk Project, Nepal, in November.

    December 2016 marked the 10 year anniversary of our highly successful collaboration with the University of Sussex. View our timeline to find out more about our successful collaboration.

  • 2015

    Study Group started working with Coventry University London Campus and the University of Law in March, giving the students a chance to gain real business and professional experience. 

    Bellerbys College celebrated excellent 2015 A Level results with 55% of students achieving A*- ‭A and a huge 81% of students achieving A*-B. This was a great leap from the previous year and ‭impressively strong versus the national average.

    ‭International Foundation Year programmes in Business and Media and Engineering and Computing launched at the University of Lincoln International Study Centre.

    ‭Study Group announced a new ten-year agreement with the University of Sussex, ‭the company's longest standing ISC institution in the UK. The deal will see the successful relationship, which has been extended two times previously, continue into 2025. 
    ‭The Holland International Study Centre expanded to an exciting new location in the business district of Amsterdam. Student numbers confirmed for September increased 110% compared with the previous year. 
    The University of Sheffield International College opened its doors to the first intake, with ‭around 800 students participating in the Big Sheffield Welcome. The College offers International ‭Foundation Year and Pre-Master's programmes to prepare students for progression to the University of Sheffield
    ‭79% of Bellerbys College Foundation students progressed to the UK's top fifty universities and ‭153 students graduated to the UK's top ten universities (Times/Sunday Times University League Tables 2016). 
    ‭Study Group has supported Building Futures for ten years. To celebrate, staff and students took ‭part in the 10x10 fundraising challenge, which raised more than £100,000 towards its latest project in Sri Lanka. 

    ‭A new partnership with Wittenborg University Amsterdam was announced for Holland International Study Centre in December. 

    ‭In December, the CSU Study Centres saw a record 990 students graduate from the Study Centres ‭in Sydney and Melbourne. 

  • 2014

    2014 was Study Group's 20th year anniversary.

    In March, Study Group agreed a 10-year relationship with Liverpool John Moores University in preparation for the launch of new academic and language programmes at the International Study Centre. 

    Long Island University Brooklyn also announced a range of exciting new degree programmes that international students from across the globe will have the opportunity to study. Nine of the UK universities Study Group works with were positioned in the country's top 50, including Lancaster University and the University of Surrey earning places in the top 10 (Guardian's League Table 2014).

    In the Summer, an alumnus from UCD International Study Centre (formerly Dublin ISC) was awarded a prestigious scholarship following her high grades during her Bachelor of Commerce degree at University College Dublin.

    Imperial College Business School embarks on 'Global MBA' recruitment drive with Study Group in August, allowing students to gain core business knowledge and skills without having to be physically present in the classroom. 

    Towards the end of the year, Study Group launched Course Finder, a new website for agents that helps them find the right Study Group course quickly and easily. 

    ‭On 1st September 2014, Study Group started accepting applications for the University of ‭Sheffield International College, the largest Study Group centre in the UK. This marked the first ‭time a centre had changed providers as Study Group won the tender for the College from ‭Kaplan.

    October celebrated the agreement renewal between CSU and Study Group Australia to operate the CSU Study Centres in Sydney.

    To end the year, Study Group raised £27,000 in 24 hours for ‭Building Futures charity, which raises money towards education in developing countries.

  • 2013

    In April, Study Group and the University of Strathclyde established a new International Study Centre, working together on a global recruitment drive. An International Study Centre in Holland was also launched to prepare international undergraduate and postgraduate students progress to one of seven different higher education institutions.

    A new partnership with the University of Vermont was formed to create a pathway program for international students. The inaugural class of international students is scheduled for January 2014.

  • 2012

    To close the year Study Group announced two new university partners; Roosevelt University in Chicago in the United States, and Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. 

    In September the Embassy language school undergoes a bright new rebranding. As part of the rebrand, Embassy StudyTours is launched to cater for groups. In the same month the newly named Embassy English receives Study Travel Magazine's Star Chain School Award

    Fashion and design comes to Study Group. Our new relationship with Istituto Marangoni has created a new International Study Centre (ISC) in London to prepare international students for a degree in Europe’s top fashion and design school.

    Study Group celebrates new USA partner, Widener University. Widener International Study Centre in Pennsylvania will be launched and ready for its first cohort in September 2012.  

    Study Group announces a new partnership with Nyenrode Business University in Amsterdam. The new International Study Centre will deliver International Foundation Years as well as Pre-MBA programmes.

    New Lincoln University International Study Centre building opened by Vice Chancellor of Lincoln University and Managing Director of Study Group Higher Education UK and Europe.

    Target for Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, Building Futures, is reached six months early. New school project in Cambodia chosen for funding in 2012.

  • 2011

    An additional International Study Centre opens in the UK at Royal Holloway University of London.

    Study Group announces its first International Study Centre in Ireland. Based in Dublin, the ISC will prepare non-EU overseas students for undergraduate degrees at both University College Dublin and Trinity College.

    Study Group acquires Pacific Gateway Toronto and Victoria. As of April 1st 2011, the two schools are operated by Study Group's international English Language brand, Embassy.

    Study Group launches its first International Study Centre in Canada, at Royal Roads University.

    Bellerbys College Oxford opens new purpose-built centre in the city centre.

  • 2010

    On July 1st 2010 Providence Equity Partners takes ownership of Study Group Pty Limited for $660 million Australian dollars. This acquisition marks the next level for the industry-leading international education provider.

    New Embassy Study Centre opens in Melbourne, Australia.

    New International Study Centre is launched at the University of Lincoln.

  • 2009

    Study Group acquires ACPE and AIAS, both of which form part of the Career Education division.

    New Embassy Los Angeles Study Centre opens in Long Beach, California.

    New International Study Centres open in the USA at Manhattan College, James Madison University, and Baldwin Wallace College.

    Study Group's first High School International Academy opens at North Broward High School, Fort Lauderdale FL.

    Additional International Study Centres open in the UK at Keele University and Kingston University.

    Embassy receives Language Travel Magazine Star Award for 'Best Chain Language School 2009'.

  • 2008

    New International Study Centres open at Heriot-Watt University, Liverpool John Moores University, University of LeicesterUniversity of Huddersfield and University of Wales in the UK and Fisher College, Merrimack College and Sierra Nevada College, in the US.

    Embassy receives Language Travel Magazine Award Innovation 2008.

    New Embassy Boston Study Centre opens in downtown Boston.

  • 2007

    New Brighton Study Centre opens as the best new facility for international students in the UK.

    New International Study Centres open at Lancaster UniversityUniversity of Surrey and University of Stirling in the UK and Pacific Lutheran University and Woodbury University in the US.

    Embassy receives Language Travel Magazine Star Award for Best Chain Language School 2007.

  • 2006

    Study Group acquired by Australian Private Equity firm CHAMP and Petersen Investments.

    First International Study Centre opens at the University of Sussex.

    Charles Sturt University degree programmes taught at Melbourne and Sydney Study Centres.

  • 2005

    New central Oxford Study Centre opens for Bellerbys College and Embassy.

    New Perth Study Centre opens on the Claremont Campus of the University of Western Australia.

  • 2004

    Purpose-built London Study Centre opens.

  • 2002

    Investment in schools in China and Vietnam.

  • 2001

    Auckland and Oxford centres opened.

  • 1999

    Study Group International acquires the Language Institute, San Diego.

  • 1998

    Study Group International acquires Centre for English Studies (CES), Taylors College and the Gold Coast Business School.

  • 1997

    Formation of Study Group International.

    Study Group International acquires Education Training Australia (Martin College). British Study Group acquires the Language Resource Institute in San Francisco.

    First placement programmes delivered in USA.

    British Study Group acquires the Australian Academy.

    First programmes delivered in Australia.

  • 1996

    Cambridge centre opened.

  • 1994

    Formation of British Study Group. Centres in Brighton and Hastings, UK.