Home Office relaxes Visa rules for Chinese students

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) found that China paves the way as the leading outsource for international students in the UK. Outshining any other nationality, Chinese students make up one-third of international students in the UK. Further still, China is the only country indifferent to Brexit and British politics as their students continue to study in British universities at an unparalleled rocketing rate: as many as 95,090 Chinese students came to the UK in the academic year 2016/17 – a huge increase since the 87,895 that came in 2013/14. Just days ago, the Home Office announced a…

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Why study abroad?

With the tuition fee hike of 2012, British students have started looking to continental Europe to complete their university education, all whilst trying to avoid the £10,000s of debt. For me, I wanted to study French at university and after spending eight months living in a ski resort in 2011-2012, speaking French, paying £9,000 a year just didn’t seem worth it.Moving to the French Alps at 18 promised a life of après-ski, mountains and cold weather and going to university here has been a whole life experience stuffed into four years. I currently live in Grenoble, which is said to…

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Mental Health and the Year Abroad

Mental health is an extremely important topic that everyone needs to pay attention to. Especially students at university – and even more so for students on their Year Abroad – where homesickness, stress, substance abuse, comfort eating and a whole range of anxiety-induced problems can be evident.Admitting that your mental health is not as good as it should be will be difficult as only you yourself know just how low you’re feeling. But with the lack of ‘real’ physical symptoms it’s hard to go to a GP and express how you feel, how it affects your life and those around you….

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Preparing to study abroad

I’m not yet in a position to reflect on my study abroad experience.. I’m still in England itching to start my big adventure with little over a week to go until I’ll be boarding the plane. I’m sure there will be lots of new challenges when I arrive in Australia, but I wish someone would have given me the heads up about the challenges, obstacles and delays I would face before even getting to the airport. I don’t want to put you off studying abroad I’ve heard it’s amazing, but I thought I would share some of my top tips…

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Why you should study abroad

Most universities now offer the opportunity to study abroad as part of your degree. With some degree courses, this extends your degree time to four years and you spend your third year abroad. With others, it forms all, or part, of your second year. It won’t cost you any extra fees-wise to go abroad as you’ll pay whatever you pay now to your current university. I went to Calgary in Canada for the first semester of my second year last September and had the time of my life. I came back sorely regretting not going for the full year. I…

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