Lincolnshire based Gusto Group has launched a new company which aims to help students travel the world while studying for a degree through online universities.
Global Grad is a first of its kind global study experience that’s working in partnership with the world’s largest student travel agency, STA Travel and online universities.
With international study hubs, exam centres, high quality hostel accommodation and support staff, Global Grad provides everything students need to study for a degree through distance learning while also exploring up to 18 countries around the world.
Global Grad is part of the Gusto Group. A company with a 25 year track record for innovation and quality in multiple sectors. The multi award winning group companies employs 150 people and has a turnover of more than £20 million.
Within Global Grad’s inspiring study hubs around the world, Global Grad students will have 24/7 access to their degree courses through online modules, virtual classrooms, and broadcast lectures. While they’re studying, they can also travel and explore new cultures with organised road trips, treks and volunteering opportunities.
The CEO of Gusto Group and Global Grad, Steff Wright said: “With the help of modern technology, there’s very little that distance learning can’t help you achieve. Whereas it used to be that face-to-face learning in seminars and lecture theatres was a necessity, online universities have a wide range of courses that can be taken entirely online.
“By working with these universities, we can give students everything they need to study from our study hubs around the world while also giving them the freedom to explore and make unforgettable memories. There’s so much more to learning than what you’re told in a lecture hall, and this allows you to have the best of both both worlds.
“Gusto Group has always pushed boundaries; Twenty years ago the Open University filmmakers included our Millennium Green development in their modules and we continue to innovate within the housing sector having just completed the design and development of a new community of eco-homes that have a running cost of just £1 per day. We’re bringing that same forward thinking, innovative approach to the student experience by turning the world into a classroom.”
Global Grad students can undertake one to three year courses including foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes through online universities such as The Open University. Students will spend each semester studying in three of the 18 different study hub locations around the world, starting in Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.
Students will be encouraged to explore the countries they visit, help the community through volunteering and learn about their people, culture, geography and history.
Global Grad’s Location Development Manager, Georgia Wright came up with the idea after she turned down a guaranteed deferred place to study Business at Northumbria University so she could extend her gap year and continue exploring the world. She said: “When I finished school, I knew I wanted to see the world and explore, but when my gap year was coming to an end, I just couldn’t bring myself to settling into the university bubble for three years.
“Instead, I carried on earning my way through travelling, visiting 30 different countries over three years and having the time of my life. When I finished travelling and came back to the UK, I’d missed out on getting a degree but I’d gained so much experience and knowledge about the world.
“It got us wondering whether there could be a way of combing the best of both and helping people to enjoy the unbeatable life experiences that come from travelling, while also gaining a good qualification from university education.
“Global Grad means students can travel, see the world, and earn a degree at the same time. So whether you want to use it as a guilt-free gap year or a way of breaking out of the university bubble as a digital nomad, it’s a truly innovative experience that can set you up for success while helping you to have the experience of a lifetime.”
Safety and well-being is a priority for Global Grad and students who enrol on the programmes will have the support of fully qualified support staff who’ll have regular face to face meetings with the students throughout their courses. They’ll also be on hand to help them with issues around studying, mental health, physical health and any other difficulties that they may encounter.