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Celebrate Studying in the UK at the 2011 Shine! Awards

3 Dec

Are you a foreign student studying in the UK with an inspiring story to tell? Well, the Shine! Awards may be the perfect chance for you to describe your experiences.

Every year, the Shine! Awards celebrate the achievements of international students from all over the world and the contributions they make to the UK. Run by the British Council, the awards look to reward those students who have really got involved in UK life outside of their academic studies.

Have you volunteered with projects in your local community? Do you play an active role in the life of your institution? Or maybe studying in the UK has somehow changed your whole outlook or the way you think?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, or you simply want to tell the world about your experiences in the UK, then you should enter the 2011 Shine! Awards. Last year’s overall winner, Melissa Ilboudo from Burkina Faso, described the value of the competition:

“The award has been tremendously helpful. It has built my confidence and made me realise how far I’ve come since arriving in the UK, and it has given me opportunities to speak on behalf of international students, and of my country, Burkina Faso.”

If this appeals to you, why not enter and get some well deserved recognition for what you have achieved whilst studying in the UK. Plus, if that’s not enough, there is also the chance to be named 2011 International Student of the Year and win £3,000, which can’t be a bad thing.

Visit the Education UK website for more information, or to find out how to enter click here.


The Truth About Foreign Student Visas

1 Dec

You may have heard in the press recently that the British government has put a cap on student visas that will make coming to study in the UK much harder. However, we would like to tell you the real facts, which show that for the vast majority of foreign students this is not true.

The sensational headlines in the UK media tell how the number of non-EU student visas is being slashed as the Government attempts to fulfill its pledge to bring net migration down from 196,000 to the tens of thousands by 2015. However, the full truth is a little different.

British Home Secretary Theresa May recently emphasized that this new policy was not a blanket reduction of all student visas, but actually a crack down on a very specific group. She explained how the government would be targeting non-EU students coming to study at privately-funded colleges and on long courses below degree level. She reasoned that many of the students applying for such courses may be exploiting the visa system.

Therefore, for international students who want to study in the UK to actually enhance their career options and gain a worthy qualification, the reduction of visas should not be a problem.

Indeed, the General Secretary of the University & College Union Sally Hunt said

“We need to be able to offer places to the world’s best students. The last thing we want to do is send a message that those students are not welcome here”.

If you are thinking about coming to UK to study, then check out our comprehensive guide with all the application information about universities, courses and visas you need.

Foreign Student Fees To Remain Stable

16 Nov
The proposed increase in university tuition fees for home and EU students in the UK may end up benefitting international students. In the last few weeks, the government has revealed controversial plans to increase the standard fees for British students from £3,000 to £9,000 per year. However, a number of important figures have assured international students that their fees will not rise in the same way. In fact, it is quite the opposite. During his recent trip to China, Prime Minister David Cameron revealed that raising tuition fees for UK students will mean two things:

“It will make sure our universities are well funded …and we won’t go on increasing the fees for overseas students so fast. In the past we have been pushing up the fees on overseas students and using that as a way of keeping them down for domestic students.” “We have done the difficult thing. We have put up contributions for British students. Yes, foreign students will still pay a significant amount of money but we should now be able to keep that growth under control.”

David Willetts, UK minister for universities and science, echoed this sentiment to Indian students during his current visit to the Asian country. Similarly, according to the Times of India, Ritu Gupta, from the University of Leeds South Asia Office in New Delhi, believes that the fees increase will make UK universities more of a ‘level playing ground and Indian students will no longer have to compensate for the deficit caused by home students’.Here at the ForeignStudents Blog we will keep you up to date on all the latest news on UK tuition fees.

UK International Students

29 Oct
Foreign Teacher with students.

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UK International Students


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