Things You Will Learn Alongside Your  Academic Degree

Things You Will Learn Alongside Your Academic Degree

The university experience is never limited to your academic degree only. Students here are learning more than how to cook pasta and survive on limited funds!




1. All-nighters do not equal hard work

How many people have you met that actually do their best work minutes before the deadline? It’s unlikely to be a very high number. At some point, you will learn that time management is more than a skill you add to your LinkedIn profile to make you seem more professional. 


Things You Will Learn Alongside Your Academic Degree



2. Working in a group is tough

Whether you like working in a team or prefer to be a lone wolf, there’s little disagreement that working with other people can be hard. This is especially evident in academic degree such as marketing because people’s personalities and learning preferences differ a lot. Learning how to be a useful team member and when to take the responsibility as a leader will change your perspective on teamwork for the better!


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3. Deadlines can be useful

I know, what’s that about? The thing about deadlines is that you probably have several of them piled up all within one week or even a day. Use the dates to plan out your coursework or exam prep in advance, instead of waiting around for months just to feel the crushing weight of deadlines approaching. We’ve all been there.



4. Asking for help is okay

At some point, all of us have experienced what it’s like to listen to a teacher/lecturer but not really hear anything. Sometimes it’s inevitable. What you will come to realize is that it’s okay to reach out to your lecturers, teachers, and tutors and ask for clarification on your coursework or other important things. The student has to understand that he/she is not the only one confused and the university wants you to succeed!



Things You Will Learn Alongside Your Academic Degree



5. Suggested reading lists are excellent

Most students underrate suggested reading links Don’t know where to look for material for your research? Or perhaps you want to explore that one theory your lecturer quickly mentioned in their presentation? Library of your University contains thousands of books and articles so having a look at a suggested reading list is going to save you a lot of valuable time!


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My study abroad experience at the University of Strathclyde

My study abroad experience at the University of Strathclyde



Hi! My name is Gergana and I recently graduated from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, with a degree in Marketing and Economics. Originally from Bulgaria, I have always aspired to further my education abroad. Why did I choose the University of Strathclyde and what was it like, you may ask? Read on and experience the study abroad journey with me!

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The University of Strathclyde campus – by Flickr User StrathclydeGuy [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Since you’re reading this article, you’re likely interested in studying at the University of Strathclyde. Therefore, let me start with my reasons for choosing it. In my last years of high school, I got interested in Marketing so I set out to find the best university that offered this programme. Nevertheless, I needed a university to which I could really get into (it’s your loss, Harvard!).


About University of Strathclyde

Apart from being in the top 5 universities for Marketing in the United Kingdom, the University of Strathclyde offers great facilities. Here, you can enjoy a huge library, and the freedom to choose your own curriculum. In Year 1 students are introduced to all available subjects in the Business School. They are allowed to select the ones they would like to take on until the required credits are reached. I found this really enticing! I no longer had to go through boring classes and subjects I didn’t want to study until I reach what I was interested in.

That’s also how I found my love and appreciation for Economics. I knew that even if I didn’t do well at it, I could always switch my minor to another subject in the second year. Year 1 is more like a trial. Plus, there are no final exams in the first year unless your grades fall below 55%. Therefore, you can get extra-long holidays (great if you’re feeling homesick).

My study abroad experience at the University of Strathclyde

The iconic equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington, situated near the University of Strathclyde. Capping the statue with a traffic cone is a tradition representing the local humor.



Not everything is that easy in this University

I won’t lie to you, sometimes it can get really busy. There were periods when seemingly nothing was happening, and periods, when I had several projects and exams, lined up. However, with proper time management and planning, one quickly gets used to the pace of learning. P.S. remember to pick up an academic diary before the start of lectures! In line with the way the British higher education system is organized, the University of Strathclyde also puts great emphasis on individual learning. This means very few classes and a lot of (seemingly) free time. While you should use most of it for studying, this opens others opportunities.


Different ways to use your free time in University

Most students like to volunteer, work part-time, or get an internship. It’s not difficult to get a part-time job but it might take you a while. Glasgow has an enormous student population and at the start of the year, everyone is looking for a job. Make sure you visit the Careers Service to get advice on CVs, applications, and interview preparation.

My study abroad experience at the University of Strathclyde

What a typical evening looks like during an exam session at the University of Strathclyde



Application process for University of Strathclyde

When I was making my university application, I got some help from a consultancy firm but that’s not really necessary nowadays with the abundance of information you can get – just look around our blog! There was no entrance exam. My application consisted of a motivation letter, a letter of recommendation from a teacher, a certificate in English (usually IELTS, but a Cambridge certificate works just as well) and a translated high school diploma. Your grades must be above a certain threshold to apply but what is most important is that you’re able to show your interest in the desired subject. Also, your way of thinking, and any extracurricular activities you’ve participated in.

What I found the most challenging was writing the motivation letter – I had never before written one and I had to rewrite mine several times to get it right. Let me give you some advice in case you’re anything like me. The motivation letter is a lot like a job application. Here, you need to list your recent achievements, work experience, interests, personal qualities, anything that relates to your desired course. If you’re struggling to find anything relevant in your education, consider getting an internship or signing up for an introductory course in your chosen field.

My study abroad experience at the University of Strathclyde

Birkbeck Court – part of University of Strathclyde’s student halls


Fun part of the University

The University of Strathclyde, being in the centre of the city, has everything you need within a walking distance. Shops, restaurants, bars, clubs – you name it. All first-year students are guaranteed on-campus accommodation which I advise you make use of. The University is very international! Here you meet people from all over the world – there were five different nationalities just in my flat. The Union also hosts a lot of fun events and offers student discounts. During Freshers’ Week, you can sign up for various clubs and societies. If there are a lot of students from your country at the University, you may even find there is a national society. It makes you feel more at home. All in all, in terms of social life, the sky (and your budget) is the limit. Good luck!

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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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Scottish education: Top Universities in Edinburgh

Scottish education: Top Universities in Edinburgh

All universities in Edinburgh have a contemporary outlook with exceptionally high standards of education. Scottish education communities are focusing universities on proactive thinking and developing skills that are highly desired by companies from all over the world. Below is a list of competitive Universities in Edinburgh:


The University of Edinburgh  

 Top Universities in Edinburgh


Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of 50 top universities in the world. It is globally recognized for its research, development, and innovation. Moreover, it has the largest campus computing network in Britain. The university offers excellent resources and facilities with over 500 degrees and more than 300 Masters course. Undergraduate degrees are especially competitive in the Arts, Humanities, Engineering, Sciences, and Languages. The University has over 31,000 students including over 11,000 international students from 130 different nationalities. They are all contributing to a multicultural learning environment. With 95% of graduates going into employment or further study, it offers an award-winning Careers Service that encourages and helps students from all over the world. Check out more information about the University of Edinburgh here




Heriot-Watt University  

  Top Universities in Edinburgh

Heriot-Watt University is a public university in Edinburgh. In addition, it is also found in other campuses around the world like in Dubai and Malaysia. HWU has an amazing reputation and is a leading university which provides education around the world. Named as the international university of the year 2018, it offers inspiring surroundings, a multi-cultural environment. Nevertheless, university’s courses make a difference and are relevant to today’s society. Heriot-Watt University has a strong track record for developing company-fit graduates thanks to its distinctive range of degree programs. Find out more about the Heriot-Watt University courses here.



Edinburgh Napier University 


Top Universities in Edinburgh


Home to more than 19,500 students from over 140 countries, Edinburgh Napier University nurtures talent. Moreover, it creates knowledge that shapes communities all around the world. University offers flexible learning through 700 undergraduate, postgraduate and part-time courses. Among its most competitive degrees, there are Business and Accounting, Nursing, Film, and Drama. 95.1% of its students are in work or further study within six months of graduating. In addition, University provides students with extensive links to big companies. With a global community of more than 4,000 on-campus international students, everyone is encouraged to study among forward-thinking and inspiring people from all around the world.




Queen Margaret University 


Top Universities in Edinburgh


Founded in 1875, Queen Margaret University prepares graduates for useful careers. University helps students to develop the skills required to make a real difference to society. QMU offers a welcoming and friendly environment for students from around the world. It is one of the smallest universities in the city region and thus, smaller class sizes facilitate closer contacts between students and staff. It has recognized expertise in the following degrees: Health and Rehabilitation, Creativity and Culture, Sustainable Business. With high-quality teaching and relevant research knowledge, the university offers 30 undergraduate courses, 52 postgraduate courses and 20 Continuous Professional Development and Lifelong Learning courses. 



Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)  


Top Universities in Edinburgh


Scotland’s Rural College is a higher education institution that combines education, consulting and research in Scotland. This unique institution also has an innovative and leading development program and runs an international advisory and consultancy service. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as flexible/distance learning programs. Among its faculties, it offers courses in: Adventure Tourism, Sustainable Environmental Management, Business Management, Agriculture, Horticulture, Sport and Leisure, Biological and Food Science, Landscape and Garden Design, Animal Science, Rural Tourism, Poultry Studies and Environmental Studies. Scotland’s Rural College is ideal for students who wish to specialize in subjects concerning existing and emerging land-based industries and environmental management. 


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Glasgow’s best universities and degrees

Glasgow’s best universities and degrees

With its fascinating slogan “People make Glasgow”, the city offers an exciting mixture of culture, friendly residents, and students from all over the world. From Engineering to the Arts, Architecture to Music, Glasgow is one of the most inspirational and ambitious cities across the UK. Therefore, below Hellouni is listing Glasgow’s best universities selected according to their most competitive degrees.



1. University of Glasgow


Glasgow's best universities and degrees

To start with, QS World University Rankings® 2018 has ranked the University of Glasgow as a 65th best university in the world. Moreover, UofG welcomes students from more than 140 countries, offering a dynamic and modern learning environment for all. In addition, the university is particularly competitive in geography, medicine, and veterinary science. Also, in performing arts, life sciences, anatomy, and physiology. Nevertheless, this university is ensuring 94.9% of graduates are in employment or further study after one year of graduation. Thus, if you wish to find out more about the University of Glasgow follow the link here.



2. University of Strathclyde

Glasgow's best universities and degrees

With its facilities and campus located in the heart of Glasgow city center, The University of Strathclyde is a multi-award winning University in the UK. Consequently, voted as a Business school of the year by the Times Higher Education 2016, Strathclyde embodies its slogan “the place of useful learning” perfectly. People-oriented, entrepreneurial and incredibly innovative, the University has four faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Engineering, Science, and Business. Nevertheless, it’s most competitive degrees within these faculties are Finance, Marketing, Accounting, Biomedical Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and Physics, Pharmacy and Education. Hence, to find out more about the University of Strathclyde click here.


3. Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow's best universities and degrees

It is one of Scotland’s largest universities with nearly 20,000 students. In addition, The Glasgow Caledonian University is in the UK top 20 for allied health research at world-leading and internationally excellent standards. Among its most competitive courses, the Glasgow Caledonian University is best known for Complementary Medicine, Forensic Science, Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics. Furthermore, international students here have access to high-quality programs and award-winning support. Therefore, this encourages all those who come from overseas to join the ambitious environment of the Glasgow Caledonian University. Check out their website here.



4. Glasgow School of Arts

Glasgow's best universities and degrees

The Glasgow School of Art is Scotland’s only public self-governing art school. Nevertheless, GSA is one of Europe’s leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines. Moreover, the Glasgow School of Arts has a diverse and open-minded environment in which difference is encouraged. University’s community organizes annual public exhibitions and events featuring contemporary artists, designers, and students themselves. Among its subjects, architecture, fine art and design are the most competitive. Here is the link to their website if you wish to find out more.

5. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Glasgow's best universities and degrees

Third in the world for performing arts education, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is a global leading conservatoire of music, drama, dance, production and film. Moreover, it offers courses for both undergraduates and postgraduates in acting, arts and design, filmmaking, ballet, musical theatre. In addition, the university also has specific Masters programmes of Education in Learning and Teaching. Currently, over 20% of students come from outside the UK, representing over 53 different nationalities. The RCS actively encourages students’ ambitions and motivations as stepping into new experiences is a vital part of growing and developing as an artist. You can find out more about studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland here.



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UK tuition fees for international students

 Note before: Fees are subject to change and this article does not reflect any changes made to university fee guidelines after its publication date.

Deciding where to study in the UK is one of the biggest dilemmas faced by international and UK-born students alike. If you have already been thinking seriously about studying in the UK, one of your main concerns may have been the cost of study. The UK’s world-renowned universities accept thousands upon thousands of new applicants every year from all around the globe. This means that competition for places at the top universities is high and they can charge up to £50,130 per year for certain courses.[1] This article aims to help you to decide whether studying in the UK is the right decision for you and how to finance your higher education.

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A major concern for most internationals students is whether the cost of tuition fees will be worth it in the long term, i.e will it help you in your future career plans.

  • The UK course fees for international students vary greatly.
  • Usually it is dependent on what university or institution you will be studying at
  • It can also depend on what course you are studying, as well as how long your course is.
  • For some students, you may be entitled to some help to cover the costs of tuition fees from your home country. Download our app to find out what scholarships you may be eligible for.

Average Cost for Undergraduate Degree Programmes

Undergraduate courses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland run for an average of 3 years, but this can depend on what time of course you are taking where it may be longer i.e. Medicine or Dentistry. Undergraduate degree courses in Scotland typically take 4 years to complete.

UK tuition fees are frequently under the media spotlight, following price hikes for home students (UK/EU) in recent years, including the latest news that English universities will charge home/EU students up to £9,250 (~US$11,380) per year from autumn 2017.

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International undergraduate tuition fees vary. They start at around £10,000 (~US$12,300) and can go up to £35,000 (~US$43,100) or more for medical degrees.

If you are thinking of studying an English language program in the UK, you need to check whether your course is accredited.

Cost of Living in the UK

According to the UK’s National Union of Students (NUS), the average cost of living in England (outside of London) for students is UK£12,056 (~US$14,800) per year. Most students should expect to spend around £150 (~US$180) per month on food and groceries, that is £1,350 (~US$1,660) per academic year.

If you wish to study in London, you should expect to pay £15,180 (~US$18,700) per year for food and groceries.

If you need to apply for a visa to live in the UK: you will need to provide evidence that you can afford to financially support yourself while you are here. Read more about how to apply online in our Visa blog.

When you combine the cost of tuition fees with the cost of living in the UK, the total average cost comes to at least £22,000 (~$27,040) per year. 

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