A Midland college highlighting high satisfaction rates is being sued for £100,000 by a foreign student who claims he was misled over a course.
Muqarrab Qayyum said he paid nearly £6,000 to study at Solihull College only to be told when he arrived that the programme was not running.
Mr Qayyum, from Pakistan, demanded his money back, but was refused.
He is now claiming compensation for damage to his career as a civil servant in his home country. The case is due to be heard at Birmingham County Court in May.
Solihull College denied any breach of contract and maintained that Mr Qayyum was given "every opportunity" to complete his course.
But Mr Qayyum, who is living with his brother in Balsall Heath, said: "This has wasted four years of my time and disturbed my life. I have had my human right to an education violated.
"You can't put a value on the time wasted. Governments change in that time. It was the main part of my life."
Mr Qayyum was enrolled by Solihull College as part of a drive to attract international students in 2001.
His family sold land in the Punjab to raise the £5,750 needed for a full-time year's diploma in combined e-commerce and computer programming.
But when he arrived in the Midlands the following year, he said he was told he could not start the e-commerce component because it was not running.
Mr Qayyum claimed there were many more on the 54-strong Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer/e-commerce course who found themselves in a position similar to his.
The 33-year-old son of a retired Pakistani college principal said he was fighting to get his money back on behalf of all those who had lost out.
"The college did not give them their fees back," he said.
"They lost money as well. These students said they wouldn't go to court because the college would pay for a barrister and they didn't have enough money to pay for legal costs. But students often don't know their rights. If the college says they won't give their money back, what can they do?"
Mr Qayyum claimed he was offered an on-line e-commerce module which he declined as it failed to provide the 15 hours minimum face-to-face study needed as a foreign student.
Mr Qayyum's dispute is the second complaint against the college in recent times.
Last October Chelmsley Wood teenager Sean Patton, aged 17, accused it of "false advertising" for failing to deliver the second year of his bricklaying NVQ course.
Managers at Solihull College were unavailable to comment on Mr Qayyum's case.
The college last week reported a ten per cent improvement in overall student satisfaction since 2003. The survey of 2,000 first-year students, highlighted good course information and guidance given during their first week.
Nearly 80 per cent said they would recommend the college to a friend.
Deputy principal Cliff Hall said: "It's very pleasing to know that student satisfaction levels at the college are so high and improving year on year.
"Of course we will be using the results of this survey to make further improvements to the college's courses and support services.
"The success of our students is key to everything we do at Solihull College."