"If I could travel back in time, I would be more proud of my cultural background"

Blog for students
09 October 2019

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The following is an account from Sha Zhou, international student at King’s College London, about studying in the UK, accessing counselling and overcoming isolation. "It was in September 2014 when I first set foot in Britain at the age of 24. Com...

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Tier 4 to Tier 2: no more tears?

Blog for students
10 September 2019

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First published 5 September 2019 Last updated 10 September 2019: section 3 added about the 1 October 2019 change to when a Tier 2 applicant can start work. Securing your first graduate job can be difficult and stressful, esp...

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Switching to Tier 2: some common problems

Blog for students
05 September 2019

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Adviser and trainer Andrew Humphrey looks at some of the common problems around securing a job with Tier 2 visa sponsorship. Some aspects of switching from a Tier 4 student visa to a Tier 2 work visa have become more straightforward recently, especi...

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Book a unique HOST visit to celebrate at the end of your exams

Blog for students
26 April 2019

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We thought this message from HOST might be useful to all international students:  Dear International Student, We know you are in the midst of exams working at your most intensive, but you need to consider how best to celebrate the end of your ...

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Plan, practice and prepare: our top tips for exam success

Blog for students
18 April 2019

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‘Exam time;’ a phrase that can instil fear and anxiety in any language!  At UKCISA we know that exam season is a particularly stressful time so we’ve put together some tips to help reduce any anxiety and help you prepare: &nbs...

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Student banking. Do you really need a UK bank account? Is opening one difficult?

Blog for students
29 January 2019

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As someone who has just moved to the UK, do you really need to open a UK bank account? And is opening an account as difficult as people say?  Andrew Humphrey investigates. Your first days and weeks in the UK are hectic.  You are starti...

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Facing Blue Monday: resources to support international students’ wellbeing

Blog for members
14 January 2019

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Read the full series of wellbeing blogs at ukcisa.org.uk/student-wellbeing.  Monday 21 January is Blue Monday, a day with the unenviable status of ‘most depressing day of the year’. After a long festive break it’s no surprise ...

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Marcel's EU settlement scheme application

Blog for students
11 December 2018

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Last month, Urszula Domagala gave us her account of applying under the first stage of the EU settlement scheme pilot. Marcel Clusa recently applied under the second stage of the EU settlement scheme pilot, and we are very grateful that he has a...

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My EU settlement application

Blog for students
20 November 2018

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European Union nationals and their family members who want to stay in the UK after (or if)  the UK leaves the European Union will have to apply for immigration permission under the EU settlement scheme. People who can prove they have been in the...

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Why we should talk about how we are: mental health support by students for students

Blog for students
28 February 2018

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University can be a stressful time for many students. Balancing study and social life while trying to figure out your place in the world can be hard when you’re away from your support system. This is particularly pronounced for international...

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