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Top 10 Most Popular Babies’ Names Revealed

27 Oct

The most popular names given to babies born in England and Wales in 2009 have been revealed. And the winners are….drum roll please… Oliver for the boys and Olivia for the girls.

Oliver has risen from 2nd in 2008, to knock Jack off the top spot for the first time in 14 years. Olivia meanwhile is the most popular girls’ name, just beating Ruby for the second year running.

Here at ForeignStudents.com we have been trying to think of celebrities who may have inspired the two winners to victory, but there are slim pickings. For the boys there is director Oliver Stone, (though we can’t think of many people who would name their baby after him), whilst for the girls there is ‘House’ actress Olivia Wilde. Not exactly A-listers I think you’ll agree.

Here are the full lists:

Boys Names:                         Girls Names:

1. Oliver                                    1. Olivia

2. Jack                                      2. Ruby

3. Harry                                    3. Chloe

4. Alfie                                     4. Emily

5. Joshua                                  5. Sophie

6. Thomas                                6. Jessica

7. Charlie                                 7. Grace

8. William                                 8. Lily

9. James                                   9. Amelia

10. Daniel                                10. Evie





Inspiring Words: University, an Important Step

26 Oct

Photo by – partie traumatic

An inspirational quote can say a lot about a person’s outlook on life, many great figures in history leave us with words which inspire the world, as a student, one is often told that the time at university will be the ‘best years of your life’.

So what shapes and develops our time at university? Is it our studies or the friends we meet?

For an International Student, it may be a mixture of the two; as gaining new friends in a foreign country is a touching and important connection to make, as well as this the desire to study abroad indicates a high level of passion in a specific academic area – which is fulfilled by attending a course in the UK.

Both these aspects (the studying and socialising), involve the exchange of many ideas which will mould a future student’s outlook on life. While at Harvard University in the USA, Mark Zuckerberg created the online social phenomenon Facebook

Mark did this with the aid of his college dormitory roommates, inspired in-part by his own experiences of ‘student life’ and the knowledge gained from his lectures.

On his Facebook profile he lists one of his favourite quotes as ‘Make things as simple as possible but no simpler’, maybe this sentiment is reflected in the simplicity of the design of his own social network. 

About.com has compiled a great ‘Top 15’ list of popular quotes, here’s a few:


(1) “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison

(10) “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt 

(14) “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~Albert Einstein 


The real question is, will you be the next generation of great thinkers quoted in a blog post?

The London Film Festival Comes to Town

18 Oct

‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’ at the London Film Festival

For two weeks every year London is gripped by film fever as the city hosts the London Film Festival. The festival always includes screenings of some of the best new world cinema, and this year is no different. Here at ForeignStudents.com we love world cinema, and have picked out some highlights of the festival.  

Two particular highlights come from the main prize winners at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the year. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is a surreal Thai film that depicts the last days of the title character’s life, as he meets the ghosts of his dead wife and son. The mysterious meanings and style of the film won it the Palme d’Or (the biggest prize at Cannes) and it is well worth checking out.

Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men) was another success story at Cannes (winning the Grand Prix prize) and is certainly also a highlight of the London Film Festival. It focuses on the clash of cultures between a group of monks living in a monastery in Algeria surrounded by a mostly Muslim population. It manages to be both daring and compassionate and is beautifully understated in the way it is shot.

If you are studying in London we really recommend you get involved in the London Film Festival which is running from 13th-28th October 2010 at venues across London. For more information and full listings, visit the official website here.   

The Importance of Foreign Students to the UK

14 Oct

Here in the UK, students and universities have been front page news for the last week as the government debates whether to increase university fees. However, a separate debate surrounding foreign students is also beginning to emerge in the press.

There is talk of a new immigration cap being introduced in the UK which would affect the number of international students and staff able to come to study or work at British universities.

A number of top figures in the academic world are fighting against this, making sure the government knows how important foreign students are to British universities.

One of the leading voices is Nicola Dandridge- head of ‘Universities UK’- who has recently spoken out against the immigration cap. In an article in UK newspaper the Guardian, she explains how:

[foreign students] add such richness to our campuses and allow our UK students to experience a global culture that is likely to be essential for their future as graduates in a global world” .

Here at ForeignStudents.com, we couldn’t agree more!

What do you think? Would tighter immigration laws and higher student fees put you off studying in the UK? We want to hear your comments.

If you are thinking of coming to study in the UK, or if you are already here and are worried how the changes could affect you, join our Facebook page to get all the latest news and be part of our community of foreign students. 

Video: The shape-shifting future of the mobile phone

24 Sep

The Mobile Phone

As a student the mobile phone is one of the most useful gadgets you can have in your pocket, whether you are texting friends in lectures or using the latest smart phone to play fun games on the train – the uses are endless and the addiction is ever increasing!

To begin with, the mobile phone was a revolution in communications technologies, with its advent suddenly the world was a much smaller place geographically and since then our everyday social interactions have been moulded with truly global implications. 


TED Talks

One of the leading educational video-streaming sites on the Internet is TED.com, it showcases the brightest and most innovative minds in the world, broadcasting footage from their unique conferences. Visitors to the TED website can gain exclusive insights into the minds of geniuses.

Foreign Students recommends you view their talks to provide inspiration before you start and alongside your studies, this featured talk is by Fabian Hemmert, who gives us a glimpse of where mobile phones will be taking us in the future. 

If you are starting university in the UK and would like some help with finding a great offer on a mobile phone, you may wish to visit our site.

Photo by Honou on Flickr.

Freshers Guide

22 Sep


Have you…Waved good-bye to family and friends? Arrived in a distant land? Changed your Facebook location to the UK? If you answered yes – you must be a foreign student!

Arriving in a new country and beginning university can be an emotional and stressful time for any foreign student, luckily the team at Foreign Students has designed an easy to follow 11-step guide for those who have just arrived in the UK to start university.

The Guide 

We’ve searched the Internet for the latest deals and the best information for all your student needs, including; mobile phones, academic books, travel tickets, accommodation, bank accounts, jobs and insurance. Even more importantly we’ve set up an online community and started a large social network which we’d like to invite you to join.

View the full exclusive – Foreign Students – Freshers Guide.


Student Guide to UK Universities

17 Sep

Here at Foreign Students we’ve compiled a guide to the top twenty universities in the United Kingdom, these are higher education institutions which provide excellent courses and facilities for international students.

The source we have used in order to establish the Most Popular Universities in the UK is the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) which is the UKs central source for the collection and dissemination of statistics for UK publicly funded institutions of Higher Education. 

University of ManchesterUniversity of Manchester

The University of Manchester is the largest recruiter in the UK of Foreign Students with 8,800  students, making up 23% of the total student population. To find out more about the University of Manchester, click here. To visit the University of Manchester’s website, click here.

University of NottinghamUniversity of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is home to 7,900 Foreign Students, making up 24% of the total student population. To find out more about the the University of Nottingham, click here. To visit the University of Nottingham’s website, click here.


Click here to view our full directory.

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