7 British Study Abroad Tips – How to Study in the UK | UK International Student Guide #Spon

7 British Study Abroad Tips – How to Study in the UK | UK International Student Guide #Spon

August 22, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


hello everyone and welcome back to
english with lucy I’ve got a slightly different video for you today today I’m
going to give you my seven tips for studying in the UK this video is for
students who are thinking about studying in the UK or who are already studying
here but want some more advice about fitting in and finding accommodation
I’ve made this video in collaboration with chapter who provide incredible
student accommodation across zone 1 and 2 but more about that later
in this video we’re going to cover making friends the language visas
accommodation choosing a uni getting in the whole lot also I have lovingly
written subtitles for you so don’t worry if you don’t understand everything
switch on the subtitles and we can also talk about learning English a little bit
later on right let’s get started right tip number one is do your first
assignment and your first assignment is a research assignment you need to find a
good University and you need to research both the University and the courses
incredibly carefully I was an international student in Madrid and I
remember thinking I don’t care where I go I just want to be in Madrid and that
was the wrong way to go about things I had a great experience in Madrid I
should have looked at all of the universities and courses to make sure
that I picked the right one because I have a feeling I missed out on a couple
of really cool opportunities you need to ask yourself a lot of different
questions you need to use a variety of resources and find a variety of opinions
as well don’t trust the first person you talk to ask as many people as you can
some questions you should be asking yourself are how is the University
ranked use the league tables I’ll be putting lots of links and information in
the description box not only how is the University ranked
but how is your specific course ranked just because one University might be the
best in England it doesn’t mean that their version of your course is the
a good university might not have the best ranked course but the experience
could be exactly what you’re looking for make sure you look into what the course
is like and how its examined some courses are completely exam based some
have way more essays and research projects and presentations you need to
look and find what you think is right for you another question what are the
entry requirements are you realistically going to get into that university what
grades do you currently have do you need to take an extra exam chances are you
might have to if you’re not a native speaker of English what’s the location
like we’ll be talking more about location in the next topic but I’m
obviously very biased towards London because I think it’s perfect for an
international student and I was a student there for two and a half years
yes two and a half years of my four-year degree one last thing to think about
when you’re choosing University is which University group you might not have
heard of this before but there are groups of universities like the Russell
Group which is a group of universities focused on research and academic
achievement or the University Alliance which are way more business engaged
number two accommodation is key and this is such a big topic for international
students because it’s not always easy to find suitable accommodation in the UK
because often you will have to have a guarantor that earns over a certain
amount in the UK and that is why student accommodation directed towards
international students is such a godsend for you I cannot reiterate enough how
important it is to choose the right accommodation in the right location with
the right people if you get this right you have the foundations for an amazing
experience in the UK I don’t want to pressure you but if you do get this
wrong and I got this wrong before and I had a really nasty time if you do get
this wrong it can make your life a bit of a misery for the first year of my
degree I lived in zone 4 which was so far from the centre in a really boring
residential the kind of nasty area there were no there was no nightlife there
were no shops it was pretty awful and I lived in a really badly run block
student flats they told us it was all going to be amazing and it really really
wasn’t however in my last year of university I lived near to my University
in a gorgeous room with lots of sunlight a lovely view lots of friends nearby it
was wonderful and I had such a great time the difference was mind blowing I
had the privilege of going to see the chapter in Kings Cross to have a look at
what I can only describe as the most incredible student accommodation I have
ever seen in my life it was just a few minutes walk from Kings Cross station
and it was this amazing glass building with loads of outside space which is
such a luxury in London there you can sunbathe when it’s glorious and sunny
outside like it is at the moment and have barbecues or chilled drinks have
coffee with friends inside there’s a massive common room with football tables
table tennis TVs IMAX and downstairs there’s a study area and an additional
quiet area which is silent you can make your coffee in the little kitchen there
and then study with friends or when the exam periods come around cram
intensively in the silent area this would have been ideal for me in my first
year I had to take a 50-minute train just to visit my library and it was the
only quiet space I had in London when you finish studying you can head over to
the gym which was amazing it was amazing it’s better than the gyms that you
actually have to pay monthly fees for there were so many weights machines
treadmills could have exercise classes livestream to you so you can follow
those and you can do your exercise with an amazing view but for me the best part
of the entire trip to chapter King’s Cross was the room I got to see bear in
mind this was one of the lower-priced rooms so I can’t even imagine what the
more expensive ones are like when I walked into the room the first thing I
noticed was this incredible view and the video doesn’t do it justice it was
amazing you could see for miles you could see all of the important monuments
like the London Eye and the chard imagine waking up to that every morning
you’d feel like such a Londoner I generously tested out the bed for you
guys I can confirm it very comfy you also get a little kitchen
area with a hob microwave fridge everything you need and you get a
bathroom with lots of storage some of the other chapters across London you can
choose to live with a friend or a partner which saves loads of money or in
a shared flat so you have a private room a private bathroom but you share the
communal kitchen and living area finally each chapter is unique and different so
there’s something for everyone there are ten chapters in London there are two new
ones being built at the moment which will open in September there is white
city in West London and also Highbury – which is next to Holloway Road station
you’ve got chapter Portobello which is next to a canal you’ve got the chapter
in South Bank which has a Sky Lounge overlooking the London Eye the one in
Spitalfields which is spectacular it overlooks the gherkin if you’re planning
on studying in the UK I highly recommend you consider chapter the team will help
you find one that is perfect for you and covers all of your needs whilst being
close to your University to see all the options visit chapter – london comm or
if you’re already in london you can head to your nearest chapter and have a chat
there’s also a live chat option on the website where you can ask any questions
you have the link is in the description box by the way did I mention there was a
cinema number three location is the foundation choose where you are
carefully the UK is very small but we have massive amounts of diversity what
you find in the north is very different to what you find in the south and what
you find in London is very different – absolutely everywhere else it’s on its
own do you want to be in a city do you want to be in a town do you want to be
in a rural location there are universities in all of those locations I
studied in the capital city my partner well studied in the middle of the
countryside in an agricultural university we both had fantastic
experiences but extremely different experiences in my opinion and this is
completely subjective I would recommend for the majority of international
students to go to city and this is simply because there is
so much more to do I currently live in a very very rural location and every now
and again I see like an au pair arrive or an international student and they
have a much harder time meeting like-minded people but that might not be
the case for everyone you might love being in a river location now you’re
going to want to see the rest of the UK when you’re here what I would recommend
is choosing a location with fantastic transport links to the rest of the UK so
you can visit those towns you can visit the countryside you can visit other
cities you can get the full experience but you can still live in a busy buzzing
place now for this video I’m going to be talking specifically about London
because that’s where I went and I’ve got loads of insight to share with you and
I’m pretty sure most international students are very very happy there there
are so many different places in London that offer different experiences and
different feels about them you’ve got Kings Cross which is the
center of the city I’m sure you heard of it platform 9 and 3/4 in Harry Potter
where you’ve got some Pancras station there so you’ve got easy access to
Amsterdam and Paris and the rest of the city and also it’s a hub for travel to
the rest of the country you’ve got Spitalfields which is like
the hipster area full of street art markets quirky shops coffee shops it’s
really nice and then you’ve got places like Islington which is like a small
town within London it’s got an amazing high street with loads of shops
restaurants music venues it’s gorgeous if I had to move back to London I think
I’d live there there are ten chapters in London including a few in each of the
areas I’ve mentioned which means that you can visit every part of the city
because this is what makes chapter special when you’re a resident at one of
the student accommodations you are a member of every single one so you can
visit all of them and spend time in all of them this means you can visit every
location use their facilities attend their parties and events they’ve got
things like book clubs movie nights parties networking sessions karaoke
nights honestly I visited one and I wanted to
be a student I wanted to relive my student days but in a chapter because it
would have solved my biggest problem which
was making friends right tip number four familiarize yourself with the visa
system early at present international students from outside the EU or UK must
apply for an international student visa it is up to you to make sure that you
comply with everything however you’re not in this alone if you have an offer
from a university they want you to come to the University they will do
everything in their power to help you get that visa remember you can also do a
short term study visa which is for shorter courses like English courses for
example you’ll be applying for a Tier four student visa again information in
the description box you can apply if you have been offered a place on a course if
you can speak read write and understand English and if you have enough money to
support yourself and pay for the course the earliest you can apply is three
months before the course begins and you’ll usually get a decision on your
visa three weeks after application you can arrive in the
UK before your course starts and this is highly recommended you want to have time
to settle if your course is six months or under you can arrive up to a week
before and if it’s six months or over you can arrive up to a month before the
great news is with most student visas you can work and earn money so you can
work up to 20 hours a week although I really think being a student in the UK
working twenty hours would be far too much so that’s very generous there are
links to full guidance on visas below but remember the university should be
there to help you get through it tip number five this is a broad one but
it’s meet as many people as you can now making friends in the UK can be hard
sometimes that’s why I really recommend living in student accommodation because
everyone is there everyone one wants to make friends I remember being in student
accommodation and thinking oh do I talk to them do I not and when I finally met
that person later it turns out that they also wanted to talk to me that day as
well everyone’s there for the same reason to
study to experience new things to make friends the advice I can give to you
about making friends in the UK is number one sign up to clubs and
events I’ve met so many more people doing classes and proper focused events
like dog training cooking classes running clubs sports activities then I
have on a night out when you arrive in the UK in September October depending on
when your course starts it’ll likely be a week called freshers week every night
there’s a party you get to meet loads and loads of people they’re not
necessarily going to be the people that you spend the rest of your year with
universities in the UK have things called societies and they’re basically
clubs where like-minded people can do the things that they enjoy chess
societies sports societies cheerleading societies religious societies it’s a
great way to meet people like you join as many as you can you don’t have to
commit to all of them pick a couple that you like go consistently make loads of
friends another one if you’re living in a big city you will realize that
traveling to meet friends doesn’t often happen so it’s good to live near fellow
students that’s why I think chapters so great it’s likely that other people from
the surrounding universities will be living in the chapter and you can go to
all of the parties in events and sessions in all of the other chapters so
you suddenly could potentially meet so many people thousands they’re all
students they have similar timetables to you
probably similar interests as well it’s a great opportunity number six
fit in with the culture this is a difficult one it completely depends on
where you’re from and how different your culture is to the British culture but
I’d really recommend that you familiarize yourself with British
culture and how we tend to do things but take everything or with a pinch of salt
trust me we don’t spend all day drinking tea and then at five o’clock get
absolutely off our faces on beer well some of us do my advice to you is make
learning about British culture one of your hobbies if you can try and meet and
talk to as many British people as you can there are so many Brits making
amazing videos on YouTube all you have to do is type British culture and loads
of us will come up but don’t be scared London and many
other cities are so so international chances are that food you miss from home
you’ll find it in a London shop you’ll probably even find it in our world foods
aisle in the supermarket the best way to learn about British culture through
meeting at British people and if you’re finding that difficult try offering your
services on a language exchange website or Facebook group lastly let’s talk
about your English skills you will need to be able to prove that you can speak
read write and understand English well you will need to prove this for your
visa and you’ll also need to prove it to the University it’s likely that the
university will request a higher standard of English than the Border
Agency when you look on the university websites you will see what the language
requirements are and different universities will require different
levels so it’s worth looking around many UK universities will offer you a
language course to help you prepare and that will be ongoing throughout your
studies and there should be lots of support as well
the universities want you to do well they don’t want to just get you in and
what you suffer the exam grades needed are there for a reason and you will have
support throughout your time common exams are the IELTS the TOEFL the
Cambridge Advanced the PT academic information on all of this down there in
the description box the different exams have different parts to them they’re
done in different ways they also have different costs so it’s worth looking at
which exam is right for you and which exam is suggested or recommended by your
University right guys that’s all the information I can give you today I
really hope you enjoyed this lesson put any questions you have in the
comments and I’ll do my best to have some sessions answering them don’t
forget to check out chapter the link is in the description box chapter – London
comm they’ve got an amazing selection of student accommodation locations and
options lots of different prices lots of different lengths of stay it comes
highly recommended that’s it for today’s lesson I hope you liked it I hope you
learned something don’t forget to connect with
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got my Twitter and I will see you soon for another lesson yeah