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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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. 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.
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.
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.
HelloUni is the #1 free university and scholarship finder app that makes studying abroad easier by bridging students all over the world to their dream universities. As technical as it might sound, HelloUni is actually easy to handle and really user-friendly. Here is all you need to know about making the most of the App in 5 simple steps.
1. DOWNLOAD THE APP & ADD YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS
You can download the HelloUni App for IOS or ANDROID here. Once you have access to the App on your phone, you can start filling in your personal details; these will include your email address, nationality, study field and destination, specifying whether you are searching for undergraduate or postgraduate courses and/or scholarships.
2. ADD YOUR COURSE DETAILS
Some of you will be dreading this moment thinking: “there are so many courses, how do I choose the right one for me?” No need to stress so soon! HelloUni App offers over 100,000 courses and 5000 universities in the U.K. and USA for you to choose from, but thanks to our finest technology we are able to carefully narrow down your choices and only select what you are looking for. Simply write the name of the course you’re interested in or want to know more about, add the country and region or city if known, and you’re good to go!
3. VIEW INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR COURSE
Once you have selected a course and you’re happy with your choice, you will be shown different University options featuring the type of degree offered (BA, BSc, etc.) and the duration of the course. By clicking on the small emoji you find below the course search, a small window will open showing a low, medium or high rate of employed students, graduates’ average salary and student satisfaction at the end of their degree. Information and detailed descriptions about the University and the course structure will also appear on the same page.
4. VIEW PROSPECTS OF YOUR COURSE
Still not convinced of your choice? HelloUni App offers more detailed information on University rankings, career prospects and employment percentage of students after they complete their degree. A studying time breakdown for each University year is shown, as well as information about assessments, coursework, practical and written exams.
5. TALK TO OUR AMBASSADORS
Here is where the fun part finally comes in: we have recently updated our HelloUni App in order to make it even more convenient for you to contact University representatives and engage with other students. With our new in-app messaging feature, you can message ambassadors directly and get push notifications whenever they reply to you in real time.
Make the most out of your experience with the HelloUni App following these five easy steps. Download the HelloUni app today for a personalised recommendation on the best universities and courses in the UK and USA. Download HelloUni for iOS or Download HelloUni for Android here.
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Bonnie is a fitness blogger and final year student at the University of Glasgow. She runs an Instagram account where she posts daily about everything from how to get fit and healthy, to giving tips on how to balance student life with social events. Bonnie has just come back from Mallorca where she spent a semester abroad. Moreover, she had previously spent a year in Berlin as part of her degree. We managed to catch up with her between classes to chat about all things health, fitness, and university. So here are some Bonnie’s tips on how students can stay fit and healthy at the university .
Credit: Stevie Purves https://steviepurvesphotography.co.uk/
So, Bonnie, do you have any tips for our readers who want to study abroad and keep healthy?
Doing study abroad can be a scary time because everything around you is foreign and new. One of the first things I did when I moved to both Mallorca and Berlin was to join a gym. This allowed me to get into a routine and made me feel more at home. It is because even though everything else around me had changed, I still knew how to use the gym equipment. It also helped me get involved with a group of like-minded people, now friends, and integrate myself into a new culture.
What is your daily routine like?
I like to start my day with a cup of coffee or green tea and take 20 to 30 minutes in the morning just to be quiet before starting the day. I use this time to read, do some yoga, or post on Instagram. After breakfast, I go to university where I spend all day either in class or in the library on campus. I treat university like a full-time job so I try to get all my work done before going home. By leaving my evenings free for going to the gym and social activities with friends, my day has a clear divide between work and play which I think is essential.
Credit: Stevie Purves https://steviepurvesphotography.co.uk/
What if I can’t afford to go to the gym? Or if I don’t like the gym?
It’s is a very common but false assumption that you need to go to the gym, or love going to the gym in order to be fit and healthy. It’s really not the case at all. It all depends on what your goal is. If your goal is to build muscle, then you probably will need to join a gym to access the equipment, but if you just want to get healthy then there are so many other ways to do this. You could try swimming, running, going to fitness classes or yoga. When I started out getting fit, I didn’t go to a gym but instead exercised in my room at home. I watched Youtube videos on my laptop and used my language dictionaries as weights. You can 100% find something that you enjoy doing and is budget-friendly.
“I don’t have time to be healthy.” What would be your response to this?
The honest answer? You have time for whatever you see as a priority, so if you find that you don’t have time to be healthy: you need to sit down and be honest with yourself about whether you are actually making your health a priority.
I guarantee that you will be able to find 45 minutes to 1 hour a day to devote to your health. Think about why you don’t have time. Are you spending your evenings binge-watching TV shows or going out drinking 5 nights a week?
Credit: Stevie Purves https://steviepurvesphotography.co.uk/
A lot of students can fall into the trap of partying too much. How do you maintain a healthy balance between work and play?
It all comes down to time management and moderation. I like to sit down on a Sunday evening and plan my week. I think the best approach is to organise your schedule around the fun activities you want to do. Plan your study around going out with friends on Friday night, or schedule in a mid-week cinema trip. Going out partying and staying up late 5 nights a week isn’t going to be good for your productivity or your health goals. However, going out once a week isn’t really going to set you back much.
What is your diet like as a student on a budget?
If a student is on a student budget it doesn’t meant that he/she has to eat unhealthy foods. Taking the time to find cheaper supermarkets to get nutritious ingredients is a great way to start. I also like to prepare my food so that I always have something to hand. This means that I know what I am eating and helps me stay on budget. It is because I am not buying expensive snacks or meals while I’m out at uni.
Do you have a go-to healthy meal?
I don’t really have a go-to healthy meal, so to say. Most of my meals are quite creative. However, I try to stick to the principles of balanced and nutritious meals. Food is like fuel, so whatever you put into your body is what you are going to get out. By feeding your body with the right nutrients, your study performance as well as your fitness performance will improve.
A balanced meal has carbs, protein and fat.
When preparing a meal, I think about three questions:
What are my carb choices: e.g. pasta, rice or potatoes.
What protein will I choose: e.g. meat, fish, beans.
Which healthy fats can I eat: e.g. avocado, olive oil or nuts.
The options are limitless!
The bulk of my meals is always vegetables, whether roasted, steamed or fried. I make sure to always have leafy greens like spinach and kale. I then choose any one of these combinations, depending on what I feel like eating. To get a better idea of the sort of combinations I make and the sort of food I eat, check out on my blog or on my Instagram.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get healthy?
I actually wrote a blog article about this not too long ago. There is a very fine line between being dedicated to your health and fitness goals and being obsessed by them. Sometimes you have to take a step back and think about it.
Read the Bonnie’s article here.
If you could give only one piece of advice to students who want to start their journey on a healthy lifestyle, what would it be?
Just do it. You will never have as much time as you do at university. Use this time to learn how to look after yourself and make your healthy lifestyle a habit. You’ll thank yourself later in life.
Every country has its own unique culture. For instance, the British way of life may be very different to your own. Therefore, it can take a little time to become accustomed to your new university. That is why Hellouni provides information about student life in the UK.
What is British culture like?
Manners are very important in Britain. Children are learning from a very early age to say ‘please,’ ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’ when appropriate.
British people consider their ‘personal space bubble’ to be very important to them. Thus, it can make them feel uncomfortable when someone ‘invades their space’ by standing too close. Therefore, when talking to someone, standing next to them in a queue, or in public transport it is important to maintain a reasonable distance.
Being on time is essential. You should try to make sure you are not late for lectures, interviews or when meeting people.
Sport is a huge part of life in the UK. The best way for a student to get to know British culture and make friends is to join a team at your university or in your local town. Football (soccer) is by far the most popular sport.
This website is designed for international students and has an online guide to British culture that you may find useful if you want to read more.
Most UK students stay either at home or in Halls of residence in their first year. Halls are a great way to meet people and may be a good idea if this is your first time living in the UK.
Most Halls of Residence have an onsite Student support team who are there to answer any questions or fix any problems you may have. Therefore, check out your university’s website for details on any student accommodation.
In addition, students normally begin looking for a private rental flat for the second year of university. Websites such as Rightmove, Zoopla, and Gumtree are popular places to find private accommodation for students.
What will my academic life be like?
Your timetable, examination schedule and amount of classes will vary and will depend on the course you are taking.
Universities in the UK tend to take a more independent study approach to learning. Lectures and tutorials will provide you with basic knowledge but most subjects require you to do a lot of independent study and research in your free time.
What is the social life like?
Social life at university in the UK centers around the British drinking culture. Nevertheless, alcohol consumption is still a big part of university life.
However, sports teams and volunteer groups on campus are a great way to get involved and make friends outside of the pub! Activities organized could include playing against other teams, quiz nights or even weekend trips away. Therefore, make sure to check out the Freshers’ fair during the first week of term to find out what is on at your university.
Please remember that the process of adapting to a new culture can be a difficult one and it is normal to feel lost at times. Especially when you first arrive.
Where can I go for help?
Most universities also offer an international student support service who can advise on a range of issues commonly faced by international students. In addition, they are also able to assist you with financial issues, Visa advice as well as information about UK culture. Moreover, your academic adviser can also point you in the right direction about where to seek help.
Nevertheless, your university may have other services such as Nightline. This is a free, anonymous, non-judgemental telephone, email, and text support service run by students for students. Find out more information here.
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.