Cheap studying abroad tips

Cheap studying abroad tips

Studying abroad price is one of the main barriers that is stopping students to explore the world and gain experiences. However, it does not have to be this way. Hellouni is providing few tips for cheap studying abroad that could allow more students to experience this unforgettable journey.

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  • Most of the international students are usually surprised when they find out how many international scholarships exist in the world. Wherever students are planning to study abroad there is always a possibility for them to receive extra funding. @Hellouni strongly recommends abroad students to visit TopUniversities website and find out how much money they can receive from each scholarship.

Find your nationality below and click the link to find out more information about scholarship that might be perfect for you:

Source: TopUniversities

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Affordable study program, university, and country

Overall expenses of studying abroad always depend on which place the student is choosing. `Also, which program attracts student the most. For example, in the United Kingdom, all public universities have one fare, which is £9,000 a year (just for studies). Whereas in different countries it may depend on the university itself and the fares that it charges for studies. Nevertheless, students have to realize that the prices of studies are not the only indicator of how much money they will spend. It is also about the choice of the country. Different countries, different prices of living.

Click here for more information about cheapest places to study abroad- and countries who offer free education for international students (post is coming soon)




Part-time job

If a student is planning to study abroad for a year or even become a full-time international student, Hellouni always suggests considering a job possibility.  It is popular among abroad students to get a part-time job, which usually means around 20 hours of work (per week). However, it is not easy to get a job if a student has visa restrictions or intensive course in university. On the other hand, at least 5 hours of weekly working might help the student to cover his food expenses and some bills.

Note: in order to get a better job opportunity, Hellouni recommends students to arrive at their study abroad destination a bit earlier. Which means arriving at least 2 weeks earlier than the University begins. By doing this, international students can apply for jobs earlier, go to interviews and receive an offer before everyone else does. Also, if you are giving away paper CV’s, always call a manager and give him/her CV in hands. It is because regular staff might accidentally (or not) throw away your CV which will never reach the manager.


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Smart budgeting

Receiving a scholarship or getting into the fairly priced program is not the end of the saving game. As I was an international student myself (twice) I know how fast savings are disappearing for things like food, travels, parties etc. However, there is always a way to have fun and keep your bank account happy.

Click here to learn more about smart saving tips on travels, living, and food


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Student discount

You will be surprised at the number of discounts that ISIC is offering. International Student Identity card is a must-have for every abroad student as it offers 10% to even 50% discounts. And these discounts are in almost every place in the world! Nevertheless, students have to receive their own university student card which offers good discounts in local areas, such as a campus or the city.


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Summing everything up, by using these tips, you will definitely have a bigger chance to have a cheap studying abroad experience. And if an idea to have a cheap studying abroad experience does not go as it was planned, do not stress. Always remember that every university has a support center where they can help you with your finances and an extra loan if needed.

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Tips for studying in Canada as international students

Tips for studying in Canada as international students

I recently came back from my studying abroad semester in Montreal, Canada. Here, I was studying Digital Marketing, Retail and Elementary French. Since I was living in Montreal for 4 months and I got to know Canadian culture quite well. Most importantly I experienced lots of different things that international students are surprised with when they are studying in Canada. In this article, I would like to share with you some tips for studying in Canada.

1. Canadian winter is cold.

All the stories about #canadiancold are true (unfortunately). By the time when December starts, get ready to face some -20 or even -30 degrees’ winter wonderland. Therefore, as soon as #BlackFriday discounts come into the stores, be sure to get a warm puffer. P.S. Trust me, the overpriced CanadaGoose jacket is not the only option.



2. Canadian food.

Surprisingly, groceries shopping and cooking at home in Canada is almost equally priced as eating out in the restaurants. If you are not looking for luxury meals, you can definitely get tasty lunch out in the city for 7 CAD which converted to pounds is about £4. Canada also has breakfast-only restaurants where you can have an enormous plate of food for 10 CAD. Moreover, every new student from abroad gets an instant obsession with Canada’s national dish- #poutine.




3. Canadian Long lectures.

Comparing to the UK universities, lectures in Canada are 2-3 times longer and usually, one lecture lasts for approximately 3 hours. Thus, I suggest grabbing your coffee and snack before the lecture, because you usually won’t have any breaks. Luckily, longer lectures mean less time spending in the library by your own. It is because during the lecture professor explains topics with more details and more examples.




4. Canadian Mid-terms.

Since there are usually no reports-assignments, Canadian universities, similar to the US, have both #mid-term and final exam sessions. Hence, do not relax during first weeks in the university, because you are likely to have your mid-term after 1 month. And honestly, mid-terms are as difficult as finals.

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5. Canadian university grading- the A B C grades.

While UK universities grades students with percentages, Canada and USA will be evaluating your work with letters. Therefore, I recommend you to carefully look through your universities grading requirements. It is because they might be really confusing in the first weeks of study abroad.




6. Canada – explore nature.

Canada has one of the most beautiful national parks in the world and it is not that difficult to reach them. International students in Canada like to rent the cars and do #roadtrips to various cabins in the mountains. And compared to UK prices it is relatively cheap. I definitely recommend visiting MoraineLake near #Vancouver.

Canada landscape

Overall, studying in Canada gave me different kind of University experience and deep knowledge of business and marketing. Considering the cold weather, long hours in classes and being so far away from home, I would still definitely recommend Montreal as a top study abroad destination.


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PhD Studentships in the UK for International Students in 2018

PhD Studentships in the UK for International Students in 2018

See PhD studentship opportunities in Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and more


Are you planning to come to the UK for your PhD? The course fees for international students may seem intimidating at first but rest assured that there are numerous PhD studentships to help you with the costs. We have mentioned some in this article but this is far from an exhaustive list. It’s best to do your own research once you have chosen your dream course and university on the HelloUni app (found on Google Play and iTunes). Here is how you can use the HelloUni app to get the maximum of it.


Scottish Universities Physics Alliance Studentship Programme

Open to both UK and overseas students, the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance 2018 Prize Studentship Programme offers prize PhD studentships and over 100 other funded PhD places in physics in Scotland. When you apply for a PhD studentship you will also be considered for all other funded places. These places will be available in physics departments. These departments are in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St. Andrews, Strathclyde and University of the West of Scotland. Applications should be made using the online application form by 31st January 2018.


PhD studentships at the London School of Economics

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is awarding over 100 full PhD studentships in 2018 covering the full tuition fees and an annual stipend of £18,000. These are available for students from all over the world undertaking research in any LSE discipline.


Oxford University scholarships

The University of Oxford has over 1,100 fully-funded scholarships for new masters’ and doctoral students in 2018-19. Open to students from all countries, scholarships cover the complete academic range of Oxford’s graduate courses. Filling out a standard course application usually means you will be automatically considered for a scholarship as well. Depending on the course, the application deadline is either the 8 or 19 January 2018.


Nottingham Trent University studentships

Nottingham Trent University offers over 50 fully-funded PhD studentships in 2018 across a range of subjects. Open to applicants who wish to study on a full-time basis only, the PhD studentship will pay UK/EU fees. It will also provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate.  Currently, this rate set at £14,553 for up to three years. The studentships are expected to commence in October 2018 while applications close on 30 November.



Edinburgh University PhD studentships

The University of Edinburgh offers fully-funded PhD studentships in Philosophy. The scholarships are open to all students and cover the full-time tuition fee. Moreover, it also covers an annual stipend of £14,553 for three years. The deadline for applications is 1 December 2017. Everyone who applies for the PhD Philosophy programme is automatically considered for a scholarship.

The same PhD studentship is offered to anyone studying Linguistics and English Language at Edinburgh. However, the application deadline is 24 November 2017.

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at The University of Edinburgh offers funded PhDs for September 2018 entry across a number of research areas from animal biology to cancer research. The deadline for the majority of PhD Studentships for 2018/19 entry is the end of January 2017.



University of Exeter scholarship scheme

As part of the University of Exeter’s Diamond Jubilee Scholarship scheme, applications are open for a fully-funded PhD studentship in the College of Humanities. The Hugh Young Studentship aims to support an outstanding international candidate to undertake a PhD in the area of modern or contemporary Indonesian art, literature and politics. The studentship will be available from January 2018 for a period of up to 3 years. It will also cover full International tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £14,553. The application deadline is 19 November 2017.

Additionally, the University of Exeter’s Global Excellence Scholarship offers international PhD students up to £5000 against their first-year International tuition fees in a number of disciplines. The application deadline is 31st January 2018.

Chinese students can apply for up to 10 full-time PhD scholarships in a variety of subjects at the University of Exeter by 29 January 2018.


University of Surrey studentships

The University of Surrey offers over 100 fully funded studentships for 2018 across a range of disciplines.



The British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation offers six 4-Year PhD Studentships to EU applicants wishing to study cardiovascular research training at the University of Manchester. Successful applicants receive full support for their tuition fees, all research expenses and an annual stipend (currently £19,919). The application deadline is 1 December 2017.



The University of Cambridge studentships

The University of Cambridge has a PhD studentships in Zoology and Marine Biology. It covers University Composition Fee at the Home/EU rate. It also has a stipend at the RCUK rate for 4 years. And a £5k pa towards research costs for 3 years, starting in October 2018. The Claire Barnes 150th Anniversary Studentships are open to candidates of any nationality but overseas applicants would need to secure additional funds from other sources to cover the higher fee level. The application deadline is 4 January 2018.



Other available PhD scholarships around the UK

The School of Economics and Finance at the Queen Mary University of London has a number of funding streams for PhD programmes in Economics and Finance. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018 with the deadline for applications to Queen Mary being 15 December 2017.


Swansea University offers PhD studentships in the field of Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science to EU applicants. Starting from January 2018, the studentships cover the full cost of tuition fees, plus a stipend and research expenses. The deadline for applications is 17 November 2017.


The AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (Newcastle University, Durham University, and Queen’s University Belfast) is offering fifty PhD studentships for 2018 entry across a range of subject areas. The studentships are open to EU applicants. It will cover tuition fees, an annual stipend at the RCUK postgraduate rate (currently £14,553). It will also cover additional funding to cover other study related costs (i.e. study abroad, conference attendance etc). The deadline for applications is 10 January 2018.


The Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter Physics (i.e. University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and University of St. Andrews) is offering four-year PhD studentships to UK/EU citizens for late August 2018 entry. The minimum stipend is £14,764 per annum and there is additional funding for conferences and travel.


For more PhD studentships and funding opportunities, please download the HelloUni app – available for Android and iOS.

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10 Things You Should NEVER Do In The United Kingdom

10 Things You Should NEVER Do In The United Kingdom

To start with, as an international student coming to the UK, it is important to understand and try to adapt to the culture. Nevertheless, we know how difficult it can be to know the do’s and don’ts  in the UK. Therefore we’ve put together a list of the 10 things you should NEVER do in the UK. It may take you a little time to get used to your surroundings and don’t be embarrassed to make mistakes. Moreover, your culture may be very different and it can be a little overwhelming at first. However, we’re confident that our list will help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls new students make when they arrive in the UK.

1. Call the United Kingdom “England”

It is important to know that the UK’s official full name is The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is made up of 4 countries- Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Moreover, each country has its own distinctive culture, national identity, and government.

Nevertheless, nothing is more cringe-worthy than hearing someone say how “beautiful England is” when they are standing in front of Loch Ness in Scotland.

Also, calling someone from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland is seen as very offensive and you should not do it. If you are in any doubt, stick with calling someone British.

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2. Small-talk

To be honest, when someone asks “How are you?” or “Alright?”, this is not a cue for you to tell them about your medical history and how your left nostril is a bit sore today. British people don’t care how you really are. Nevertheless, asking someone “how are you?” is part of civilities and small-talk in the UK. The correct answer to this question is “Fine, Thanks. How are you?”. Afterwards, the British person will then guide the conversation onto another topic, such as the weather.

3. Don’t block the escalators

 It is an unspoken rule in British society that the left-hand side of the escalator is reserved for those people who are in a hurry. If you want to stand still, you should stay on the right-hand side

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 4. Ignoring the queuing system

Furthermore, another unspoken rule in British society is the art of queuing. Stay in line directly behind the person in front of you and wait your turn. Therefore, if everyone obeys the queuing rules, nobody gets angry.

5. Don’t forget your manners

British people are taught from a very young age to mind their “p’s and q’s”. This means to remember to say “please” and “thank you.” Forgetting to say these little words can make a big difference to how British people will react to you.

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6. Greetings

British people are distant from meeting strangers. Hence, it is a cultural thing that physical contact is reserved for those with whom they feel comfortable around. Therefore, when you meet someone for the first time, shake their hand. However, do not give them a hug or kiss them on the cheeks unless they have otherwise said so.


7. Asking if they know the queen

There are  65.64 million people in the UK, not all of them know the Queen.


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8. Doing a British Accent

First of all, no matter how many times you have practiced, your British accent is probably not that good. However, save it for a bit later once you’ve made good friends with a British person

9. Refusing a cup of Tea

Offering someone a cup of tea when they come to visit your house is a welcoming gesture. To refuse the cup of tea tells your host that you do not feel welcome in their house and can be seen as rude

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10. Talking about religion or politics with someone you don’t know

These topics are not discussed openly in public and a lot of British people feel uncomfortable talking about this with someone they don’t know for fear of offending them.



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The Language Show: UK’s top Language Universities


The Language Show is the must-attend event for all members of the public who have a passion for languages, whether they are language professionals, teachers or just love languages.

Held in London between the 13th-15th of October 2017, the HelloUni team had the amazing opportunity to set up their very own stand during these three inspirational days, packed with educational seminars, language classes, live forums and cultural performances. Other than meeting language lovers, teachers and learners, we came across a few Universities around the UK that offer ambitious and competitive language modules and courses open to anyone. Below is a list of the top Universities providing excellent language programs, supported by high-quality teaching.


1. The University of Leeds

As one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK, Leeds offers an extensive range of courses and modules for those interested in learning a new language from scratch or for those who already have some knowledge of any languages, but wish to improve their level. The modules are designed to develop skills in reading, listening, speaking and writing. The language center at the University of Leeds offers modules in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish as well as providing extensive English language programs and in-sessional support for international students. So, whether you are planning to study abroad or you would like to prepare for taking up an international placement, Leeds is definitely worth considering!


2. The University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is a public research university located in the South East of England. Specialised in science, engineering, medicine and business, the University is also well known for offering a wide range of language courses. Ranked in the top ten English departments by the Guardian University Guide 2018, English literature at Surrey is highly recommended and it’s focused on encouraging students to challenge themselves in an ambition but friendly environment. The University of Surrey also offers further top ranking undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs as well as evening language courses for beginners to advanced; these include English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.


3. The University of Kent

Awarded the highest rating in the UK’s Government Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF), Kent University is committed to the transformative power of education and research. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses taught by high-quality, world-leading academics, welcoming students from over 150 nationalities. International communication lies at the very heart of Kent’s internationalisation strategy and language learning represents a crucial part of this. Open to anyone who wants to learn a new language, the University of Kent offers modules in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Greek, Portuguese and many more, encouraging all students and non-students to learn or improve any language.


4. The University of Essex

As the University of Essex defines itself: it is home to the curious, brave and bold, where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries is both encouraged and expected. At the University of Essex students and younger or older adults can choose to study a language in four different ways:

  • They can choose a module in French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese or Spanish by taking a language as part of their year degree;
  • As an undergraduate degree;
  • Learn a language alongside another degree at no additional cost;
  • Get the modern language certificate by learning French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese or Spanish, part-time from beginner to mastery level.

5. The London Metropolitan University

Commonly known as London Met, the London Metropolitan University is located in London, the heart of one of the most exciting cities in the world. The University offers an Open Language Program course that is aimed at individuals looking to learn or develop their knowledge of a language. The course includes Arabic, Arabic Business, Advanced English for Work and Study, Business English, English Language Advanced and Proficiency, French, German, Spanish and Spanish for Business and Work. Modules can be part-time or full-time, available at different levels, from beginner to advanced. These courses can be taken as part of undergraduate studies at London Met or as stand-alone courses for fee-paying members of the public. Check out our blog article on the Universities in London to find out more about the Metropolitan University here.

6. University of Portsmouth

Located in the stunning seaside city in England and also one of the most affordable in the UK for students, the University of Portsmouth was rated Gold by the Teaching Excellence Framework. Home to research in languages, international studies and professional communication, all courses reflect the university’s commitment to students’ future employment. Students can choose to study any language among Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish as single honours, combined or applied languages programmes. The University of Portsmouth allows students to learn a language for free, for credit or interest, as part of any course. Ideal for those who wish to enhance their career prospects, underpin a year abroad or simply satisfy the urge to speak another language.

7. The University of Manchester

Known for being one of the UK’s most popular student city, the University of Manchester stands by its motto: live, study, thrive. As the fifth-largest university in the United Kingdom by enrollment, it welcomes students from all over the world, largely encouraging culture and mentality differences. Its Language Centre offers a variety of language courses and language-related professional training. Modules and courses are open to the general public, Manchester Met students, staff and alumni. The University of Manchester also offers evening classes in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French or Spanish- all classes are taught by native speakers of the language. With highly-qualified teachers, the University can truly promise an international and multicultural environment.

8. Birkbeck, the University of London

The University of Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, that provides a vibrant center of academic excellence. In order to encourage students to fit both their studies and build their future, classes are held in the evening. The University of Birkbeck offers valid language courses in French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish. It also supports students who are beginners up to advanced, in Japanese as well as in Iberian and Latin American languages. The course is also available for full-time evening study over four years and for part-time evening study over four years or six years.

9. The University of Reading

The University of Reading is known for enjoying a world-class reputation in teaching, research and enterprise. In fact, it is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities and is in the top 1% worldwide. The University of Reading strongly highlights the importance of developing language skills as it can lead to exciting new opportunities in work and life. Offering language course in Arabic, British Sign Language, Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish, it encourages students to expand their understanding and appreciation of other cultures while developing critical thinking and observation skills.

10. The University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire has been ranked in the top 2.1% of degree-granting institutions of higher education by the Center for World University Rankings. As an extremely competitive, ambitious and international University, it welcomes over 5200 international students and has a global network of over 165000 alumni. Speaking a second language together with having any other qualification is highly valued by the University. Offering five language courses including from French, to German, Mandarin and Spanish, the University of Hertfordshire focuses on providing the highest-quality teaching and support.




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Writing your UCAS Personal Statement

Writing your UCAS Personal Statement

UCAS personal statement is part of your university application. Much like a CV, it is your chance to sell yourself. describe your ambitions, skills, and experience. 

You can only submit one personal statement and you can’t change it after your application has been submitted. Therefore, it is important to get it right.

Here are our top tips:

  • Try to stand out, remember to be authentic and be careful with humor or quotes. You don’t want to appear too cheesy or cliché.
  • Use a template to help get you started. Here’s a great personal statement worksheet  on the UCAS website.
  • Proofread aloud and get someone else to check that your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are all correct.



 What universities are looking for? 

Unis aren’t looking for a dictionary definition of a subject. They know what their degrees are about; they want to know what you understand and enjoy about the subject.”  Louise Carr, University of Liverpool. 

First of all, show enthusiasm, motivation, and focus. Universities don’t expect you to be an expert already. However, they would like to know why you like to become an expert in the subject you’re applying to. Therefore, don’t forget to mention extra-curricular activities, transferable skills. Moreover, mention any relevant work experience and what your future plans are.  

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International and EU students 

As an international student there are a few extra things you should mention:

  1. Why you want to study in the UK 
  2. Your English language skills and any English courses or tests you’ve taken 
  3. Why you want to be an international student rather than study in your own country 

For information about applying online for a UK visa, check out our blog article.

 Writing your personal statement

“Put your notes in order according to what the course you’re interested in is looking for. If you have any skills and experience relevant to the entry requirements, make sure you say so at the start of your personal statement.”Amy Smith, Nottingham Trent University. 

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Use the  personal statement mind map on the UCAS website to start planning.  


How long should it be? 

There’s no maximum word count. However, you’ll need to remain within the 4,000 character limit (including spaces and punctuation). Moreover, students have to keep the statement to a total of 47 lines. 

UCAS recommends that you write your personal statement in Microsoft Word before copying and pasting it into the online application form. It is because the application page times out after being inactive for 35 minutes.


All personal statements are scanned by plagiarism detection technology, so make sure you don’t copy someone else’s work.  

If you are caught plagiarising, this could have serious consequences for your application. 


Further Advice

This brilliant video with Jane Marshall from Imperial College has everything you need to know about how to write your personal statement. 

 Check out our other articles on studying in London, student life in the UK and 5 things to consider before choosing a university. 



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