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.




Download the HelloUni App for free to find out more about specific courses and degrees, and don’t forget to ask our ambassadors advice using the App’s new instant-messaging feature!


Make sure to visit our Facebook page to check out our live videos at The Language Show!


Download HelloUni for iOS

Download HelloUni for Android

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

It can be quite daunting to travel to an unknown country and study in an unfamiliar environment. Here, Soniya let us know just what it is like to come to the UK and what you should know before studying abroad! Soniya is a Masters student studying “International Strategic Marketing” at the University of Glasgow.


Q: When you were studying abroad did you ever experience culture shock? 

A: This was my first time in Glasgow but not the first time in the country. So for me it wasn’t the worst because I’m from Mumbai and my lifestyle here and there are almost the same. In terms of culture and peoples’ day to day life, it’s kind of different from people living in India. However, I don’t think that’s a problem. It’s actually really good to experience the lifestyle here and the people are very welcoming here. Therefore, you don’t feel like you are in a new place or you don’t belong here.


What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?


Q: What was the biggest difference between your home country and the country you studied abroad in?

A: I would say lifestyle again. It is because people here live a different than at home. People here relax more and enjoy life. For them, it’s not just about work.

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?



Q: How did you deal with homesickness and being away from your family?

A: Sometimes when you face some problems at work or university, you need someone to push you and you need your family for that. Sometimes I need my family and I feel better when I talk to them. Everyone will feel homesickness but it depends on your high and lows in your life. Sometimes its during your struggles and that is when you need a little ‘push’.


What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?



Q: Did you ever experience stereotypes?

A: I think that people feel in a certain way about Chinese people like they are not open and they do not mix up well or they are kind of introverts. I think this affects how people talk to them because if you know that someone is not going to talk to you then you might not put that much effort and the connection is lost. I feel like there are quite of stereotypes but a lot of the times stereotypes are not true. If you talk to them then I’m sure they are welcoming and open-minded.

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

Q: Did you join any sports or activities and if so, did these help you to fit in and meet people?

A: Yes I did. First of all, the Freshers Week. I think every university has a good Freshers Week. I am sure my Facebook friends list went to 700-800 in one week so it was like BOOM! If you are welcoming and open enough then it is not very difficult to make friends. I bought tickets to Freshers events as well as social events and workshops that helps you enhance your employability in the business world. I think getting involved does help you a lot. The best thing about Freshers was that there was a lot of things happening each day and if you don’t like it then you could always switch. I strongly recommend people to attend Freshers!

Q: How hard or easy did you find it to make friends abroad?

A: It is not a big deal at all. As I said, everyone are new and come from cultural backgrounds.  However, we are all here for a reason and we need to make friends and get to know each other. I think it is fine and it is not a big deal.


What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

Q: How much did you pack for your time abroad? And would you advise taking a lot of your things with you or packing light?

A: I over packed. Even if it is for a small trip, I always over pack but this was HUGE and I had so much stuff in the luggage that I don’t remember and it’s just there. Nevertheless, I realised now that I didn’t even needed that.  Suprisingly, I didn’t need to pay for extra luggage but I had exactly the amount allowed on the flight. I was allowed two bags (23kg each) and my total weight came to 45kg. Moreover, I also have so much stuff bought over here as well so now I don’t know how to take them back home!



Q: What did you do about your phone contract/SIM card and bank account in a new country?

A: I had a UK sim card from before. I also had a foreign exchange travel card that I use for all my travels. It is easier to use as the transactions are quite easy. You just need money from your currency and where ever you go, you can use it. You could also just bring some extra cash.


What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

Q: How did you choose the country and city you studied in? Why did you want to study there?

A: Like every international student, you have a pro and con list for every university you want to go to. I had that and I knew what I wanted to do. So based on what I wanted to do, I selected some courses that are of my interest and then started to find out what my best options are. Glasgow was my second option. I did this all manually through the internet. Actually, it took me like two months because I wanted to be sure of what I’m doing. I spoke to friends, family and a few people who can help. According to their suggestions and my own research, I picked here.

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?


Q: What are some top tips people should know before they move abroad?

A: I learned a lot and it definitely helped me grow a lot. So yes, you should definitely be open to opportunities, meeting new people or getting involved with activities because it is not a big deal. When you are starting doing it then I am sure you will enjoy it and learn something from it because I literally learned other things from friends and not only things about university.



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.

how to apply online for UK student visa

Differences between UK and US (for students)

Differences between UK and US (for students)

Although UK and US are extremely similar in many ways, there are a few distinct differences between them that makes these countries attractive to live or study in. Therefore, let’s find out those main differences between UK and US.



UK education system is somewhat stricter than in the US. It is mostly because we have a stricter grading system in place. For example, US teachers may perhaps give you another chance to sit an assessment to get the required grades yet, this tends to not happen in the UK!

There is a bigger workload in the US throughout the year as students have assignments, essays, and midterms. As such, their exams at the end of the year usually worth less than their final grade.

In the US, there are more foundation subjects that must be taken before choosing a major in the second year. In the UK, it is more focused on the main subjects at the start of university.

Differences between UK and US (for students)




In American colleges and universities, there are sororities & fraternities. Whereas UK universities have clubs and societies. In the UK, many students go to pubs, bars, and clubs.It is because the legal drinking age is 18. However, in the US, students tend to host or attend frat parties rather than go out.

School spirit in the US is also bigger compared to the UK. For example, in the UK, although some students have to clothe with their university logo such as hoodies, they do not show it as often as the American does. In fact, Americans are proud of their university so much that they were there hoodies all the time.

Differences between UK and US (for students)


Accommodation & Food

In the US, students usually stay in dorms and have a roommate or roommate(s). However, in the UK, we have flatmates and have our own rooms to stay in. Talking about food, portion sizes are much bigger in America! Nevertheless, US tend to have meal plans for students, which mean that student pays an annual fee and gets food every day from the cafeteria. Whereas, UK students are likely to cook their own food in kitchens.

Differences between UK and US (for students)

Travelling & Transport

It is easy to get around in the UK using public transport such as buses and trains. Although there are undergrounds in the big cities in the US, there are fewer buses and many people travel by car instead. Cities are also bigger in the US than the UK. Hence it is quicker to get to other cities within the UK but takes longer to travel in the US. Furthermore, as the UK is in Europe, it is easy to visit other European countries such as France, Italy or Spain.

Differences between UK and US (for students)

Culture & Others

Although UK and US use the same English language, there are still different terms used for different objects. For example, we use “chips” in the UK, but the US calls these “fries”. Furthermore, we have different pronunciations and spellings for certain words, e.g. color used in the UK instead of color used in the US. In the US, students are often calling teachers as “professors”. Comedy is different in US and UK. British people are more sarcastic!

Differences between UK and US (for students)

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.

how to apply online for UK student visa

How to make the most of studying abroad

How to make the most of studying abroad

There are the worries that everyone has about studying abroad. For example:  Will I make friends? Will I fit in? How much will I miss home? But perhaps the biggest question of all is ‘will I make the most of the experience?’ While everyone will have a different study abroad adventure, there are a few tips that can help you. They will ensure you have no doubts that you took the opportunity of a lifetime and made it one of the best times of your life. Therefore, here is how Hellouni suggests you to make the most of studying abroad.


Document It

There is something to be said for living in the moment, and you should as much as possible. However, when you look back in a few years, you will want something to remember your experience. Think of when you go on holiday. You remember the overall trip but you probably forget a lot of exactly what you did each day. For this reason, you may want to keep a journal while you are abroad, or start a blog. There are study abroad blogs that you may be able to write for. Nevertheless, you could even make a bit of money in the process. If you like making videos, then you could even create vlogs. Pictures are important too! Therefore, why not invest in a Polaroid camera and take photos of the cities you have been to and hang them on your wall? Whatever you choose, make sure you have some record of your adventures. We know that your future self will thank you.

How to make the most of studying abroad


Don’t be Afraid to go Places Alone

You likely do not know anyone when you first arrive at your university. However, most people will be in the same situation. Therefore, do not be put off going to events because you will be going alone. Just go for it, be friendly and open to chat. That is how you will make friends in no time. If you want to travel to a city in the country you have moved to or nearby but do not have anyone to go with, go alone. There is no point waiting for others if you really want to go. Besides, traveling alone can be the best way to fully experience and take in a new place.

How to make the most of studying abroad


Make a Bucket List

You probably have some goals in mind for your time abroad: places you want to visit, and things you want to do. Rather than getting caught up in university life when you get there and forgetting about them, make a list of everything you want to do before you leave. Alongside this, make sure you research how to go about achieving your goals. In addition, how much it will cost, and budget for them. Check out each one when you go.  That is how you can really make the most of your time living abroad.

How to make the most of studying abroad


Immerse Yourself in the Culture

It’s easy to try to stick to what you know in a foreign country. For example, you may pick food that is similar to what you eat at home or frequent well-known global chains. However, when you go back home you can have this food whenever you want. It is best to try new things that you cannot get at home. Instead of having your usual Starbucks, why not try a local coffee shop. You could also get involved in local events. By living like a local you will feel more like a resident in the country rather than a visitor or tourist.

How to make the most of studying abroad


Take an Outside Class 

While in a new country it can be a good idea to try a new course. If possible, try picking something out with your field of study. It is just because it interests you. You could take a theatre class, or art, or politics. Better still, choose a class that you could not go back home. While the American health care system or politics may not be relevant to your future career, you might not get the chance to learn about it in your own country. Learn something about the country you are studying in or try something you never thought to take. This will give you more well-rounded knowledge and experience.

How to make the most of studying abroad



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.

how to apply online for UK student visa

What are the best student cities in the USA?

What are the best student cities in the USA?

Are you planning to choose the USA as you study abroad destination? If so, make sure to check these top 5 best student cities in the USA!


     best student cities in the USA

The home of Harvard, Boston has several other internationally famous universities. For example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Boston University. Some call Boston as the ‘unofficial student capital of the US’. Moreover, it has about twenty percent of international students. In Boston, a great education comes alongside an amazing US college experience. People are also aware of Boston because of its arts and culture as well as sports. In spring and early autumn, students can easily day trip to the beautiful beaches in Cape Cod and Newport, Rhode Island. Nevertheless, Boston has been ranked the second safest large city in America, making it a perfect choice for students.



best student cities in the USA 

If you are keen on politics and history, where better to study than the birthplace of American democracy? Philadelphia presents the opportunity to study while being inspired by American history and culture. In addition, the sport is big in Philadelphia, especially at universities. Moreover, the city is known for its good food. Reading Terminal Market offers every type of food you could want under one roof and is a great place to hang out with friends at the weekend. You also have to make sure you try the well known Philly cheesesteak at least once. ‘The city of brotherly love’ is the location of the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania, as well as Drexel and Temple universities. Nevertheless, its place between New York and Washington DC makes it a great base for visiting other cities in the North East.


Washington DC

 best student cities in the USA

Speaking of American history, Washington DC is another ideal city for students. With well-known universities such as George Washington and Georgetown, students can study in the US capital and heart of politics. The University of the Potomac is only three minutes from the White House. Surprisingly, most attractions in DC are free, making it easy to visit the Senate and House of Representatives whenever you want. To top it all off, DC offers unique internship opportunities that would not be found elsewhere. Here, you could secure yourself an internship with a government agency or international business. The idea of interning at the US Department of State definitely makes Washington DC seem like a great place to be a student.



 best student cities in the USA

Locals are loving Seattle because of the impressive music scene and the market with stalls and street entertainers. Seattle University and the University of Washington are two out of eleven colleges and universities, making Seattle a vibrant student city.  Nevertheless, while studying here, go to the top of one of the most recognizable structures in the world such as the Space Needle. Moreover, if you stay after the semester into June make sure to enjoy the Seattle International Film Festival. In addition, Seattle also boasts the headquarters of large companies such as Microsoft and Amazon, so it is another city with promising internship opportunities.


New York

 best student cities in the USA

Is it even possible to make this list without including the Big Apple? New York really does have it all. As a financial centre, it is a great place for business and finance students in particular. Moreover, universities such as Columbia, New York University (NYU), Fordham University, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), mean that anyone can get a brilliant education in NYC. The city is the perfect place for shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. Studying in the New York where there is the opportunity to see Broadway shows seems like a dream. However, many people are admitting that New York is expensive, especially rent. On the other hand,  living on campus can reduce some of these costs significantly. If you budget right, studying in NYC can be the experience of a lifetime.



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.

how to apply online for UK student visa

How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)

How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)

Traveling alone or in groups can be very expensive, especially if you are visiting London or other main cities. However, if you follow our guide then hopefully we can help you save the money you need for another wonderful adventure abroad. Thus, below you will find all the information on how to see the UK on a budget




In the UK, you can use public transports to get around the city you are visiting. These include:

  • Buses – It is more suitable for those who are traveling inside one city. If you are thinking of going to all those attractions in one day, you can purchase an all-day ticket which can save you more than getting a return or single ticket. That way you can travel using buses to anywhere within the zone. Specifically, you could also use the sightseeing tour buses in many cities that will take you to popular sites!


  • Train – Trains can be cheaper and quicker to travel from town to town. For those who are traveling to the UK to study or stay for a longer term then you can purchase a railcard to save you money when taking the train. For traveling in cities such as London, you can purchase an Oyster card to make your traveling easier!

For those who travel in groups of 4 or 5, hiring a car is an alternative option to travel if one of you have a driving license.

Nonetheless, it is best to book your tickets in advance to save costs when using public transports or flights. We recommend using booking sites such as Trainline, Red Spotted Hanky, Megabus. Virgin Trains can sometimes work out cheaper than booking sites as they sometimes offer a cheaper price if you book a few months in advance.

UK on a budget



In the UK, some museums are free to visit and yet, some requires an entrance fee. For free museums, they may ask for a small donation although that is not essential. Read on Trip Advisor before your trip to see which ones have the best reviews! If you know which ones you want to go then be sure to check out Groupon to see whether or not there is a deal so that you can save that extra cash! There may also be free events in the local area so research them beforehand!



Living/ Eating

If you are traveling to the UK to study then you may want to look at the average prices for rent in the towns or cities. Spareroom can help you find a room to stay with other flatmates similar to you.

On the other hand, you can use Airbnb to look for accommodations provided by hosts. They offer a cheaper and cost-effective way for short-stays than hotels. You can also use B&B (Bed and Breakfast) accommodations that are also relatively cheap. If you are a solo traveler then hostels are recommended for you as you can meet other people similar to you. However, always ask for advice when traveling alone and be careful when staying in an unknown location on your own.

You should also be prepared to pay more in certain cities such as London and rather than eating out all the time, you may choose to buy and cook your own food if you have the facilities. If you are eating out in London then be aware that there may be a service charge incurring.

How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)



One of UK’s cheapest retailer is Primark and you can buy clothing there rather than bigger brands that cost ten times more. Remember if you are a student then you can use your student card to get discounts. Don’t forget that you can also get a tax refund from many shops so that can save you more money! Finally, we recommend that you should avoid tourist shops. Although they have a lot of cultural/ iconic items to purchase, their prices tend to be more expensive.


How to see the UK on a budget (tips for students)


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.

how to apply online for UK student visa