What international students should do this summer?

What international students should do this summer?

Summer 2018 is here and finding out what to do over these 3 months can be a real headache. Especially to international students who are still abroad. However, we are here to help you and propose you some ideas of what international students should do this summer!

 

Travel

As I am an international student, I know that it can be hard to explore new countries while you are still studying. To be honest, during my first semester and I didn’t have time to leave my universities library. That is why after my first year of studying abroad, I decided to travel around over the summer. I used all possible tips on how students can travel on a budget and let my adventure begin. I think traveling over the summer is a perfect way to end your journey of being an abroad student. It is because, after a couple of years you don’t want to remember your studying abroad experience where the whole time you were sitting in a library. Trust me, you want to remember it as an adventure of your lifetime, where you discovered new places and met new people.

What international students should do this summer?

 

Stay in your study abroad destination and perfectly learn its native language

International students usually go abroad to those countries where locals don’t speak student’s native language. Therefore, staying there over the summer might be the perfect opportunity for you to learn a new language. I can’t tell you enough how beneficial it is for a person to be at least bilingual. Sometimes the fact that you know more than one language makes you more employable than others who have lots of experience.

What international students should do this summer?

 

Do an internship

Speaking about career perspectives, using your summer to do an internship abroad can open you so many doors. I understand that most students want to use the summer to have rest after a hard studying session. However, you don’t want to be that student who can’t find a job for the year after graduation. Most companies are giving a specific instruction for possible interns. This instruction is that all candidates must be enrolled in a university while applying for an internship. This means that if you decide to use your summers for rest, you are losing the opportunity to help your future career. Moreover, it also means that if you want to do an internship after graduation, you are losing some offers because of that one condition that I mentioned above.

What international students should do this summer?

 

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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Tips for sightseeing in the UK (part 2)

Tips for sightseeing in the UK (part 2)

Whether you have decided to visit the UK as your next holiday destination or you want to come over to study here, make sure to read the 5 tips we want to share with you before you advance your journey. Therefore, Hellouni presents another post about tips for sightseeing in the UK!

Save money before you come

It’s obvious, isn’t it? But big cities such as London are expensive as attractions are not usually free, they have high costs for hotels and accommodations, and food and drink expenses tend to cost higher in comparison to other cities in the UK.

tips for sightseeing in the UK

Prepare to hear different accents

In Scotland and England, as well as areas between Scotland itself it might be difficult for visitors to understand people. When speaking to locals within the city, be aware of the strong accents that they may have. If you don’t understand them, don’t be afraid to ask again. However, you can never make fun of the way people are talking, even though you are not used to it.

Wear warm clothes

In Scotland, it tends to be colder, windier and wetter than England, so be WARNED! Moreover, make sure to always carry umbrella or raincoat with you, because locals usually agree that weather forecasts in the UK are never correct, thus be prepared.

tips for sightseeing in the UK

VAT is included in prices

Even though some products might look overpriced to you, remember that this price is final. Therefore, no extra charges and taxes will be added at the till.

 

Studying abroad in the UK

If you are coming to study in the UK, the university system is different from what you would expect. Be sure to check it out on the university website when you have arrived. Nevertheless feel free to use our services and connect with students who are already studying in the UK!

 

 

If you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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What it is like to be an intern at Hellouni?

What it is like to be an intern at Hellouni?

It is almost 3 months now as I am an intern in Hellouni start-up. However, the knowledge and experience that I have gained in here are way beyond that. Therefore, now I’ll tell what is like to be an intern at Hellouni!

 

Hellouni’s idea is really close to me

As you may know, Hellouni team is building a next-generation platform for international students. Since I have been an international student for the last 3 years, I found this idea really familiar. This platform lets me share my experience and tips of what is like to leave your home for studying abroad experience.

 

Learning about a start-up company

It is my first time working on a start-up project. Thus, here I am learning not just about marketing and content creation, but also about how to start a new business. During my internship, I am seeing all the challenges and difficulties that new company is facing. Moreover, I am also keeping track of all the improvements that need to be made according to users feedback.

 

Knowledge of various technologies

Before I became an intern at Hellouni, I had no clue what AI or blockchain was. However, by coming here every day, I broaden my horizon really widely. Thus, now I know how various technologies are helping businesses as well as user’s experience. In particular, I became highly interested in blockchain technology, therefore for the last few months, I am participating in various tech event in London.

 

Overall, this internship is helping me to get a better understanding of business and its tools. I am learning so many things that I never thought I will. Therefore, I am really glad to be an intern of Hellouni!

 

 

 

How to travel in Europe on a budget as an international student?

How to travel in Europe on a budget as an international student?

Coming to Europe from abroad to study might be really expensive. However, traveling from one Europian country to another is cheaper than you think! You just need to follow a couple of tips of how to travel in Europe on a budget as an international student.

 

 

Traveling by plane is usually the cheapest option (which is hard to believe)

But that is true! Flight prices from London to Italy are starting from £20, and flying to Denmark can cost you £10. Taking a train to get from one country to another is not a really popular option in Europe. It takes lots of time and it is usually expensive, Therefore, another alternative for cheap travel is a bus. However, it takes a lot of time as well. Moreover, from my personal experience, I know how annoying it could be when your bus gets stuck in the traffic. It might not be moving from one place for around couple hours…

In order to find the best prices and deals for plane tickets, I highly recommend Skyscanner app. Here you can compare prices for specific destination among all airline companies. Nevertheless, if you don’t have a specific date in mind, always check prices chart. It will show which days of the month flight tickets are the cheapest.

How to travel in Europe on a budget as an international student?

 

Do not rent a car if you are traveling alone or with a couple friends

Car rental deal might be really eye-catching. However, there are so many fees that are hidden behind the special price. For example, one time I planned my trip to Spain and as I was booking my flight tickets, an ad popped out. It showed best car rental deal which included a car for £20 a day. I booked the car and as soon as I landed to Spain, I had a big disappointment. Apparently, this car deal was only available if you are taking a car before 8 am. Moreover, special price did not include expensive insurance which everyone must buy as well as fuel and administration fee. With all the fees in total, car rental for a day was around £80-£90 pounds, which was way too much for me and my friend.

How to travel in Europe on a budget as an international student?

 

Always find out how locals live in that country

Every country in Europe is promoting tourist package deals. However, it is usually a case where buying a normal day pass is cheaper. For example, if you are coming to London, tourists here are buying travelcards for about £12 pounds a day. What they don’t know is that if you are topping up your Oyster card it freezes after you spend £6,80. Which means that after you take 2 single rides on the underground, the rest of your travel for the day will be free.

In addition, besides travel expenses, you might spend a lot for eating out. Therefore, you might consider booking an Airbnb which usually has a kitchen in the apartment, This means you will able to cook yourself a small breakfast for a small price, as well as dinner.

How to travel in Europe on a budget as an international student?

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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What are the pros and cons of working with recruitment agents?

What are the pros and cons of working with recruitment agents?

Most international students decide to choose specific agencies in order to receive help for applying for university abroad. However, we interviewed one student currently studying at Coventry University London and it turns out that the agents were not that helpful. Therefore, we are raising the question: what are the pros and cons of working with recruitment agents?

Q1: Why have you decided to study abroad?

A1: It was because I knew that studying opportunity in my country Lithuania is very limited. Moreover, I wanted to gain global experience while studying abroad.

 

Q2: How did you decide to choose the UK? Why not USA, Canada, New Zealand etc.

A2: Firstly, because I have relatives living here and secondly because the UK is one of the biggest financial centers in the world, and as I am studying Finance I thought it would be a good idea.

 

Q3: What were the preparation steps?

A3: First of all, I needed to find a university and programme that I wanted to study. Secondly, I  sorted out payments for university (apply for student finance). Thirdly, I found accommodation and a part-time job. Last but not least I booked flight tickets and took IELTS Exam.

 

Q4: Why did you choose Coventry?

A4: To be honest, Coventry university was not on my list in the first place. However, as I was submitting my application with my agent, he convinced me to choose Coventry London as one of my options. It was because it was a safe option for me and I was guaranteed that university will accept me. The first offer I received was from Coventry London who did not require any further exams. Basically, they gave me an unconditional offer and a scholarship of £1,500 for a first year.

What are the pros and cons of working with recruitment agents?

What are the pros and cons of working with recruitment agents?

Q5: What subject did you choose and why?

A5: I have chosen international finances and accounting. It was because I was always passionate about financial market and maths. Moreover, the subjects included in the course seemed to suit my interest.

What are the pros and cons of working with recruitment agents?

 

Q6: Who helped you with studying abroad experience?

A6: I decided to choose Kalba.lt agency from Lithuania as they were widely advertising and promoting their services in many high schools.

 

Q7: What was it like to be working with Agent? How did they help you?

A7: I would say that overall experience was very brief. Mostly, my agent helped with submitting the application through UCAS, helped to fill out the student finance request form. However, through every discussion session, I felt that agent is trying to convince me really hard to choose specific universities that were not on my list. In addition, as I told them that I will only study in London, they kept suggesting Coventry University London.

 

Q8: What’re the benefits of using agents?

A8: I would say that agencies are making the whole application process easier. My agent completed my application without me and I just needed to send him the right documents. Also, they helped to fill out student finance papers and that consultation was free, which was great. I do believe that without them helping me, I would definitely put something wrong in my application papers.

 

Q9: What was not good about agents?

A9: I was facing constant persuasion while dealing with my agent. Also, they could not provide me with deeper information about other universities that were on my list. And it was because no one from their office has visited any of these universities or had connections there. In addition, as my agent was applying through UCAS for me, I did not receive any answer from 2 particular universities. Therefore it made me think that he did not even send my applications to these universities, as they were strongly promoting Coventry. Nevertheless, my agent provided me misleading information about university rankings. Agency told me that Finance subject in Coventry is in 15th place in European universities ranking chart. However, later I found out that it was on 15th place in the UK only.

 

Q10: Could you please give top THREE tips for anyone who wants to study in UK and Coventry?

What are the pros and cons of working with recruitment agents?

A10:

  1. Do not trust agencies, because they usually get paid for promotion. I wish that 3 years ago I had the opportunity to directly contact students from Coventry and find out real student experience and satisfaction level.
  2. I would suggest to everybody who is planning to study in the UK to really consider Scotland education as it is free. Right now, I believe that education that I have gained from London’s university is definitely not worth £9,000 per year which makes it almost £30,000 in total. My subject quality did not match the price for sure.
  3. Do not expect that UK education would be easy. During my first 2 years, I did not have a part-time job as I was overloaded with university assignments.

 

 

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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