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International Team

Who are we? Get to know a little about our staff and teachers…

Our team of staff look after the needs of our students for the duration of their stay - from pre-arrival support, visa application and extension, organising host family accommodation and leading social activities, to creating bespoke learning packages partnered by different curriculum centres and making sure students don’t get too homesick! Find out more about our staff..

Helen Kellar – International Manager

Helen was the International Project co-ordinator for five years, and became International Manager in 2013. Helen lived in Latin America for six years leading expeditions and working with young people in partnership with local charities and NGOs. Helen does not teach at the college but has taught EFL in Bolivia and bike mechanics here in Brighton. Much of her spare time is taken up by bicycles. She runs a bike project in Brighton called ‘She Rides’ which promotes cycling to females, and ‘Brighton Bike Project’ which teaches young disadvantaged people bike maintenance and riding skills. She is very busy, but always finds time for her second passion… ice cream!

Jo Cohen – Academic Studies Co-ordinator

Jo is the Academic Studies Co-ordinator for the International Department. She helps organise the English classes and support the teachers in their roles. She has been teaching for nearly 10 years and has taught in the UK, Portugal and Vietnam. Jo’s love for the UK brought her back to Brighton in April 2013. When the weather is good she loves the outdoor life and spending time camping with family or relaxing on the beach with a barbecue.

Giulia Samonati – International Student Officer

Giulia is originally from a small village in the mountains of Northern Italy. She moved to England 8 years ago and spent the first four years managing a restaurant in London. Since moving to Brighton in 2009 she has been working with international students in various private language schools. Now at City College she looks after admissions, accommodation and welfare. When she was 17 Giulia spent a year studying in Alaska, where she discovered her love for languages, different cultures and the outdoors. Giulia can speak four different languages and has travelled to many different countries. One of her favourite places is Colombia, where she learned to dance salsa. She enjoys cooking and is passionate about the arts. Giulia loves working with students and showing them around Brighton and the UK.

Paul Fawcett – International Project Officer

Paul has been working at City College since February 2013. He now has the role of International Project Officer and loves the chance to work with students from all over the world. Prior to this he led a Heritage Lottery funded project for young people and taught English language to young students in Asia. Paul enjoys camping, hiking, watching movies and having fun with friends. From the countries he’s visited, his favourites are India and Japan – it must be the food!