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?

 

 

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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!

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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Student experience at the University of Glasgow

Student experience at the University of Glasgow

I’m Kirsten and I study French & German at the University of Glasgow. I am currently in my 5th year and will be graduating in June 2018. 

Here’s what you need to know about my degree at the University of Glasgow:

 

About University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. It is currently a member of an international network of research universities ( Universitas 21) and the Russell Group.  Many influential figures have studied or worked at the University of Glasgow including three British Prime Ministers, the pioneer of television John Logie Baird, and more recently actor Gerard Butler and singer Emeli Sandé.

The university boasts world-class sporting facilities and one of the best libraries in Europe. Moreover, it offers a diverse range of subject disciplines offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  The University encourages its students to think of themselves as “World Changers” and offers bursaries and scholarships to support students financially along the way.

The university is situated in the fashionable West End of Glasgow. It is just a stone’s throw away from the city center. The West End is home to numerous cafés, pubs, music venues, and vintage shops. It is widely regarded as a sort of ‘hipster paradise.

 

National Geographic Traveller voted Glasgow the “coolest city in the UK”. It could be due in part to the impressive selection of music events across a range of genres on show throughout the year. Nevertheless, its reputation for the best shopping outside of London and its lively inhabitants. Glasgow was also voted the friendliest city in the world by readers of Rough guides and Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

University of Glasgow

 

French & German

I made the decision to do a joint honors degree combining French and German but it is possible to study either as a single honors subject. This will not have any impact on the length of time your degree takes to complete, as five years is the standard duration of an MA languages degree at the University of Glasgow.

 

 

1st Year

In the first year, the course is structured as a split between language and culture. In the language modules, you will attend written and spoken classes. You can expect weekly translations, grammar homework, and preparation for spoken classes. In the culture modules, you will cover topics such as literature, history, and cinema to introduce you to key aspects of the culture

 University of Glasgow

 

 

2nd Year

In the second year, you will expand your linguistic skills as the translation texts and spoken language topics become more complex. You will also study key themes in the society and culture of your chosen language. In your second year, you will be preparing for your year abroad, and it is worth noting that you will have to attain a certain language grade in order to go abroad in your 3rd Year.

 

 

 

3rd Year (Study Abroad)

This year will be spent in the country, or one of the countries, where your chosen language is spoken. Most students either spend this time working for the British council or studying in an Erasmus program at one of University of Glasgow’s partner universities.

I went to France during my year abroad and worked as a teaching assistant in a high school in Paris.
The university expects that during your year abroad you will immerse yourself in the language and culture. You will not have any exams or coursework this year but I would advise that you still regularly check your university emails in case there is anything important that comes up.

University of Glasgow

 

4th Year

When you return from your year abroad you are able to choose your own culture modules based on your interests. There is a range of different options from literature, cinema, and history.
If you are a joint honors student, you will leave to spend at least 3 months in the country, or one of the countries, where your second language subject is spoken. Again, you can choose to do a semester at one of the partner universities or get an internship. In my case, I spent 6 months working in Germany.

It is worth noting that in this year, all your grades for your culture modules count towards your final mark.

 

 

5th Year

This is your final year and is when you write your dissertation.This is your most important year and it is markedly more stressful because this is your last chance to improve your language skills before your final exams. This is why it is very important that you make the most of your time abroad because it will make your 5th year much easier and less stressful! As one of my tutors said, “you can’t cram a language” and unlike other degree subjects, you will not be able to study just for your final exams.

University of Glasgow

Expectations Vs. Reality

University is enjoyable and I am very grateful for all the opportunities I have had over the course of my degree. However, contrary to how languages degrees are depicted by the media and the pretty photos of exotic places you see on Instagram. A languages degree is not easy and will require a lot of dedication. Perhaps so than other degrees as you will be required to live abroad for a year at least. Saying, that, I certainly do not regret choosing this degree and it was definitely the right choice for me.

If you want to read more about university life outside of studying as well, check out some of our other blogs:

Student Life in the UK, Freshers Week, Scholarships & Funding, Staying Healthy at Uni

Also, just a heads up: your grammar textbook will be your new best friend.

University of Glasgow

 

 

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What is it like to study at Oxford University?

What is it like to study at Oxford University?

Would you like to know what it is like to study at Oxford University? Well, the best-chosen answer from our community it that Oxford University is a magical place. The university creates an environment which facilitates personal development.

Oxford University network

First of all, you are surrounded all the world-class top academics and professors in the subject and you are welcomed to contact them.

Oxford University students diversity

Secondly (especially at postgraduate level), you will meet a group of intelligent students from a diverse background. The students will form a network which will help you to progress both professionally and personally.
Moreover, the college system is fantastic. As they are inter-disciplinary communities, you meet people studying every conceivable subject from all over the world.
What is it like to study at Oxford University?

Oxford University resources

Thirdly, the resources and perks are unrivaled. Four-course meals in gowns in ornate centuries-old dining halls for about £5. Subsidised alcohol and food. Oxford University is entitled to a copy of every book published in English and can have it delivered to any library to collect within 24 hours. Any books they do not yet have, they buy on request. The world’s top thinkers will come just to give a seminar to ten people in a side room due to the prestige of the place. Moreover, most of these events are furbished with free wine and food. You meet prime ministers and all sorts very casually there. They subsidize artistic production so you can go see world-famous orchestras and opera companies and plays for next to nothing.
 What is it like to study at Oxford University?

Oxford city

Fourth, the city is gorgeous. The town is tiny and close to London I(you can walk from one side to the other in 35/40mins), so you are only ten minutes or so away from anything you could ever need.
What is it like to study at Oxford University?

Negative side of Oxford University

Fifth, the experience of studying at Oxford does come at a premium and that is pressure. Students need to have academic excellence and maintain an active social life during term time. Moreover, everyone has heavy workload = 60 hours a week and there is a high chance of developing mental illness and anxiety.
What is it like to study at Oxford University?
However, if you are willing to work hard and sacrifice your social life and choose to sleep when the term is over, you will develop as a human being at an exponential rate.

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Why to study engineering and computing at the University of the West of Scotland?

Why to study engineering and computing at the University of the West of Scotland?

For all international students who are interested in engineering, Hellouni recommends studying engineering and computing at the University of the West of Scotland. Do you want to know why? Here are some facts about the UWS, their engineering and computing course and much more.

 

The University of the West of Scotland is one of the leading players in computing and IT

This University’s School of Engineering and Computing is building a relationship between education, research, and practice. Here, students and academics provide value to society and organizations. UWS is a 21st-century learning organization developed to create the workforce of the future.

engineering and computing at the University of the West of Scotland

 

The rewards of UWS speak for themselves

It is hard to count how many rewards this university gained over the years. Most recent of them include being:

 

Nevertheless, graduates of engineering and computing at the University of the West of Scotland have gone on to work with major companies such as IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, BAE Systems, CERN, Fujitsu, Logica, Motorola, Nikon Europe, etc.

 

engineering and computing at the University of the West of Scotland

 

The University of the West of Scotland student experience is excellent

It is always a good idea to check the feedback from students. Therefore, it is worth to mention that the 94% of students from the School of Engineering & Computing would recommend UWS to others. Nevertheless, 97% of students from the School of Engineering & Computing agreed that staff is good at explaining things.

Source: Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2017

Moreover, here students are benefiting from a vibrant and immersive student community as well as on-campus secured accommodation with individual rooms,  WIFI, and ensuite bathroom.

engineering and computing at the University of the West of Scotland

 

International students of the University of the West of Scotland

In terms of international students, UWS is providing pre-sessional English Language and regular academic support. Nevertheless, UWS main campus is 5 minutes from Glasgow International Airport and 10 minutes from Glasgow City Centre by train. To your trip, you can also include free airport pick-up upon arrival and a warm welcome to the University

Tuition Scholarships

For 2018/2019 academic year, University of West Scotland partner students will receive the following:

Anniversary Scholarships of £1,500

Dean’s Scholarship (Engineering and Computing) of £1,000

For subsequent years of study, Dean’s Scholarship, for students who progress, of up to £2,000 per year

engineering and computing at the University of the West of Scotland

 

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