About Us 2018-03-07T10:48:28+00:00

About Us

One World by the Sea was launched as a new international festival to celebrate the cultural diversity of our local community, and to showcase the area as one which welcomes international students and other visitors.

Events included a family lunchtime discovery event focusing on our global links, an international rhythms music evening followed by a club night, a world cinema screening and Q&A, plus several fringe events around town. To finish, there was also a free family event in The Triangle, central Bournemouth, featuring food, music, singing and dancing from around the world.

One World by the Sea 2017 was organised by The International Education Forum (IEF), with support from the Dorset Race Equality Council and the Bournemouth Town Centre BID. We were delighted to be a fringe event of Arts By The Sea in 2017. We are pleased to announce our dates for 2018 as: 11-13 October.

What is the International Education Forum?

The IEF is a professional association made up of the key accredited international educational institutions in the area, including most of the two towns’ accredited language schools, an independent boarding school, Bournemouth and Poole College, Bournemouth University International College, Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth University, and White House Guardians. In addition, Bournemouth and Poole Tourism are also represented at the Forum.

IEF members share the goal of promoting Bournemouth and Poole as a first-class destination for international education, and we are gaining a world-wide reputation despite the towns’ comparable size when competing with better- known cities such as Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool. The area is now acknowledged to be the second largest UK centre for international education outside London, with a value to the local economy estimated to be close to £300m per year.

To find out more about IEF members, please click here.