Our History

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.

  • 2020

    In February, Study Group announced a new venture with the University of Huddersfield and launched our first managed campus in the UK. From February 2021, Study Group will teach two postgraduate business degrees on behalf of the University of Huddersfield – London: an MSc Accounting and Finance, and MSc International Business. February also saw the acquisition of Insendi, the sector-leading EdTech platform innovator.

  • 2019

    In June, the International Study Centre at Keele University celebrated ten years of excellence and working together.

    In February Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, announced that it acquired a majority stake in Study Group.

    February also saw the launch of two new Canadian partnerships: Stenberg College and Centre for Arts and Technology, as well as a new International Study Centre opening at the University of Aberdeen.

    In the new year, the University of Sussex, University of Huddersfield and University of Surrey confirmed they will be continuing their relationship with Study Group, helping students succeed at university in the UK.

    Also in January, Study Group and the University of Huddersfield recognised the progression achievements of the 2017/18 cohort and celebrated 10 years of successful collaboration.

  • 2018

    December saw the first student intake at Durham University International Study Centre progress to the University, demonstrating the successful relationship between Study Group and Durham.

    Also in December, Study Group became the first pathway provider accepted on the OfS Register, which will further enhance students’ university and career preparation.

    In November, Allegro purchased Endeavour Learning Group from Study Group Australia and EC announced intent to acquire Study Group’s Embassy English.

    In the same month, James Madison University was ranked no.1 most-recommended university in the United States and Royal Holloway International Study Centre launched a new website.

    In October, International Study Centres in the UK and EU announced record progression rates, with even more students entering university.

    In August, Study Group celebrated 20 years of partnership with the University of Sydney.

    In July, Study Group announced that its current Chief Financial Officer, Emma Lancaster, will succeed David Leigh as Chief Executive Officer in September 2018.

    In June, Study Group was named in ‘The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200’ - a roundup of Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales.

    Also in June, Study Group’s Building Futures partnership with Plan International won the bronze award for best engagement of an internal audience in a CSR programme at the Corporate Engagement Awards.

    In May, Study Group was shortlisted in the Corporate Engagement Awards for its Building Futures partnership with Plan International. The winner will be announced at the end of June 2018.

    Also in May Study Group announced the opening of a new International Study Centre at Baylor University, enabling a greater numbers of international students to study at Baylor University.

    In March, Study Group marked International Women’s Day by celebrating student success across the world.

    Lancaster University International Study Centre launched a Pre-Masters Programme, offering international students even more opportunities to study with us. University of Surrey International Study Centre also introduced a new Pre-Masters Preparation Programme.

    In the same month, Keele University International Study Centre launched an International Foundation Year programme, giving students the preparation they need to excel at the University as undergraduates.

    In February, Study Group’s Social Media team won Best Instagram Performance for the second year running in the Edurank Awards.

    In February, the University of Sussex International Study Centre announced programme enhancements, ensuring international students have access to a wider range of undergraduate degrees.

    Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi launched the new International Pathway Program and a brand new website.

    In January, Study Group reported three new university partnerships in North America: Lipscomb University, Western Washington University and West Virginia University.

    Also in January, Study Group embarked on a new project with Times Higher Education to connect even more international students with collaborating universities.

  • 2017

    In December, Study Group announced the official opening of Durham University International Study Centre in the UK.

    Study Group wins ‘Pathway Company of the year’ in the 2017 EducationInvestor Awards.

    In November, Oglethorpe University launched a new International Study Centre website.

    In October, The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 ranked Durham University fifth in the UK, Lancaster University in sixth, and the University of Leeds in the top 10.

    Durham University, Lancaster University, University of Leeds, University of Surrey and University of Sussex also featured in the top 20 of the Times Higher Education’s Table of Tables 2018, published in October.

    Also in October, Study Group collaborating universities scooped gold at the PIEoneer awards. The University of Sheffield received ‘Marketing campaign of the year’ with the ‘#WeAreInternational’ campaign. The University of Sydney received praise as Accommodation provider of the year.

    Study Group was ranked Number 51 in the 13th annual 'Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 list' - a round-up of the UK’s private mid-market growth companies with the biggest sales.

    In September, The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 revealed that Study Group works with world-class universities.

    In August, Study Group extended the #YouAreWelcomeHere hashtag campaign across its US partner universities, a campaign which began in November of 2016. The campaign objective is to reassure students that they were (and are) welcome at US educational institutions.

    Students at Bellerbys College Brighton, Cambridge and London received their A level results in August, improving last year’s high standard and outperforming the national average. Top university places include University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and King’s College London.

    After six months' hard work spent writing and developing, July saw the launch of a brand new Chinese-language website for Bellerbys College; it was also during this month that Study Group was selected by Tennessee’s Lipscomb University to establish an International Study Center on its campus in Nashville, Tennessee.

    In June Study Group launched a new website for Leeds International Study Centre for progression to Leeds Beckett University.

    The University of Sussex International Study Centre celebrated its ten year anniversary with staff and alumni in June as well.

    In May, Study Group announced two new partnerships in North America: Florida’s Lynn University, and thriving liberal arts university, Oglethorpe University, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Also in May, Holland International Study Centre announced a new progression university: Erasmus University Rotterdam. This month also saw collaborating university Liverpool John Moore’s University win the impressive accolade of University of the Year at the Educate North Awards, and the launch of a new website for the University of Surrey International Study Centre.

    April saw the launch of a new website for Kingston University, London International Study Centre and for Holland International Study Centre.

    In March, a new website was launched for the University of Huddersfield International Study Centre as part of a company-wide commitment to improve the digital experience for students and improve the visibility of brand and programme awareness and visibility through modern, responsive digital platforms.

    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.

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

  • 2016

    December 2016 marked the 10 year anniversary of our highly successful collaboration with the University of Sussex.

    Building Futures launches Sindhupalchowk Project, Nepal, in November.

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

    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.

    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.

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

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

    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.

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

  • 2015

    Towards the end of the year Study Group staff complete a ten-day charity run to raise money for school children in Sri Lanka. A new partnership was also announced for Holland International Study Centre.

    In the Global top 200, 17 Study Group university partners were listed (The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16).

    Study Group and The University of Sussex agreed a ten-year deal in the Summer. The results also came in for The Times and Sunday Times League Tables 2016. An excellent performance was recognised by many Study Group's partner universities- both overall and in a broad range of individual subjects. Including the University of Surrey, placed in the top 10 in the UK and awarded the prestigious University of the Year award.

    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 huge leap from the previous year and impressively strong versus the national average.

    New developments in the companies Higher Education division was announced in the aim to boost the excellent student service it offers.

    Five university partners celebrated their successful rankings in The Guardian University League Tables 2016 and Study Group gave a promise to continue their services.

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

    At the beginning of the year, Study Group announced the new home for the University of Sheffield International College. Students will be able to walk to other University buildings and accommodation safely and easily.

  • 2014

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

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

    ‭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.

    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. 

    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. 

    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.

    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 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. 

    2014 was Study Group's 20th year anniversary.

  • 2013

    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.

    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.

  • 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 Leicester, University 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 Higher Education). 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.