A great choice for studying abroad
Studying in the UK offers a variety of unforgettable experiences. It’s culturally diverse, welcoming and the best place to develop your English language skills.
It’s the ideal stepping stone for your future career. The UK’s leading universities consistently rank among the best in the world. Plus, its research is renowned for being ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Assessment Exercise).
Choosing to study here gives you the freedom to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence. You’ll be fully prepared for university and beyond, wherever you decide to build your career. And what’s more, you’ll also make lifelong friends along the way.
Top 5 tips for feeling at home overseas
Learning a new language, meeting new people and settling in to life in a new country are all part of the exciting journey you’ll take as an international student.
The first few weeks can leave you feeling a bit homesick but don’t worry, many students feel like this. You’ll soon get used to your new routine and enjoy your study abroad experience. Here are some ways to make the transition to life in the UK that little bit easier:
- Find out if any of your classmates are also planning to study abroad in the UK. Being able to keep in touch with someone you know from home can help when you’re feeling homesick
- Get involved with clubs, events and societies – it will help you make friends with people who have the same interests as you
- Keep in regular contact with your family and friends back home. If you’re feeling unsettled, it can help to talk to people who know you really well and can offer support
- Staying active is a great way to keep fit and healthy, as well as helping you to stay positive. It’s also a brilliant way to meet new friends!
- Set your expectations and remember that things will be different in another country. It might take you a while to settle in to your new routine but take the time to enjoy this new challenge
English language practice before you arrive
Once you’ve applied and hold an offer for one of our programmes at a UK Centre you’ll be provided with free access to our online English course, INTO Get Ready for English. This is designed to prepare you for academic study in the UK and provides valuable practice for your English language exams, such as IELTS. Modules are marked by real university tutors, who provide you with personalised feedback within 48 hours.
Safe and welcoming
We want your time in the UK to be a safe one and memorable for all the right reasons. While you’ll have constant support from our friendly team to help you feel at home during your studies, there are some basic steps you can take to keep yourself safe at all times.
Getting the most from your money
Before you arrive, it’s worth familiarising yourself with the pound sterling and working out the equivalent in your own currency so you know what you’re spending when you start living here. We’ll be here to help you understand UK currency and how to open a bank account to manage your finances.
The UK has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. We’ll help you understand what’s available to you once you begin your studies and how to access it if you need it.
Help with your visa
Applying for a visa can be a little overwhelming sometimes but our experienced staff can help you understand the requirements and guide you through the process, to make it as easy and stress-free as possible.
Well connected for travel
Whether you just need to make your way around your new city or want to explore other destinations during your time here, you’ll find it easy to travel in and around the UK, from well-connected bus and train services to the London underground.
Scotland’s largest city is a friendly and vibrant place to study, well known for its architecture, nightlife, fantastic shopping and a thriving cultural scene.
Rough Guide to London 2016 called London ‘the world’s most multicultural city’ – an exciting student city with something for everyone.
Lonely Planet Best in Travel ranked Manchester a top 10 city in the world to visit in 2016 – this student-focused city has a vibrant social scene and great culture.
Belfast’s vibrant social scene is within walkable distance of the university, as well as being well connected to many of Northern Ireland’s scenic attractions.
Cheltenham, the cultural centre for the Cotswolds, is the perfect location from which to explore the nearby market towns and villages.
A historic English city voted 4th in the UK for international student experience (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2016)
One of the most exciting cities in the UK, Newcastle is friendly, fun and great for students, with a renowned nightlife, beautiful architecture and iconic landmarks.
Norwich combines scenic countryside, culture and heritage with a city atmosphere, making it the ideal environment for students.
The heritage capital of Scotland and a wonderful place to study abroad in the UK, Stirling has the perfect blend of old and new.