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Who Will Host the 2018 and 2022 Football World Cups?

2 Dec

England won the World Cup last time they hosted it, in 1966.

It is decision day today for England and the other ten countries hoping to host the 2018 or 2022 football World Cups.

The English bid is up against Russia, as well as joint bids from Netherlands-Belgium, and Spain-Portugal to host the 2018 tournament. Meanwhile, for the 2022 World Cup, there are bids from Australia, the United States, Japan, South Korea and Qatar.

Today marks the end of years of preparation and expectation from all the countries involved, as the decision about both world cups will finally be made at about 3pm GMT in Zurich. Over the last two days the bidding nations have been making presentations to 22 FIFA (the world football association) officials who will all vote this afternoon.

To convince FIFA of England’s bid, Prime Minister David Cameron, heir to the British throne Prince William, and footballing superstar David Beckham have all flown out to Zurich. Together they helped make England’s presentation this morning, with an emotional Becks (Beckham’s affectionate nickname- he is a bit of a hero in England) particularly impressing the voters. However, it looks to be a very close battle between England, Russia and Spain-Portugal for the 2018 tournament, so only time will tell how successful they have been.

If you are from one of the bidding nations then we wish you good luck, though of course not enough luck to beat England!

Want to see quite how passionate the British are about sport? Check out our Guide to British Sport.


Thanksgiving Celebrations in the UK

24 Nov

In America there are huge Thanksgiving celebrations planned for tomorrow, but how about in the UK? The number of Americans living in Britain is increasing all the time, so it makes sense that Thanksgiving celebrations are also growing year on year.

Thanksgiving is a festival mainly celebrated in the United States and Canada and is traditionally a chance to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. These days it is a time for family and friends to gather together every year on the fourth Thursday of November (tomorrow) and eat a huge Thanksgiving dinner.

The dinners are always based around a roast turkey as the centre dish, though this is usually matched by a huge number of accompaniments. These can include cranberry sauce, stuffing, yams, mashed potato, corn on the cob, dumplings, green beans, peas, carrots and pretty much anything else the cook fancies (a bit like the British Christmas lunch).

This American tradition is growing in popularity in the UK as more and more Americans come to live and study here, and restaurants all over the country have started serving Thanksgiving dinners. However, the award for biggest UK Thanksgiving celebrations has got to go to Plymouth this year.

The coastal city of Plymouth in Devon is going all out with its festivities this year. It all starts on Thursday morning when the Mayor will raise the American flag accompanied by a pipe band and the American national anthem. Over the weekend there are then loads of American themed celebrations, including, of course, a huge Thanksgiving dinner at a local restaurant.

Whatever you are planning to do for Thanksgiving, make sure you eat lots and have fun with friends and family.

Britain has lots of its own unique celebrations and festivities that can you read about in our light hearted Guide here.

Image: tuchodi on Flickr

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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