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

Blog for students
06 March 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 2...

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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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Choosing your accommodation at university

Blog for students
16 February 2018

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Finding somewhere to live at university isn’t easy. There is a lot to consider and a bewildering number of options, from the type of accommodation you choose through to the room types available. Student.com has created this useful guide of all ...

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Money-saving and finances for international students

Blog for students
12 February 2018

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When you apply for a Tier 4 visa, you have to show that you have a minimum level of funds to cover the costs of living and studying in the UK. However, the amount of money you actually need when you are here depends on your lifestyle. Once you&rsqu...

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Blog: A working definition

Blog for students
26 January 2018

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UKCISA Advice and Training Officer Andrew Humphrey looks at the ever-evolving world of work and business - and the current situation for those who must work within the Tier 4 work conditions. This blog post was published on 26 January 2018. The info...

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Are there secret Tier 4 rules about money?

Blog for students
26 January 2018

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In the third and final blog in a series, Andrew Humphrey investigates the existence of secret immigration rules. Part 1 looks at rumours and gossip about Tier 4 money, and Part 2 is about misunderstandings of what the Rules and guidance say. This bl...

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