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Register to vote in UK elections by 18 April

As you probably know, there are a number of elections taking place in the UK this year. Find out if you're eligible to vote!
14/04/2016 15:45:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see some of our frequently asked questions below. If you can’t find the answer to your question here or elsewhere on the website, please call our advice line for students or for members. ...
22/04/2016 13:04:00

Where, when and how to apply

25/04/2016 17:12:00

Prospective international undergraduates: some useful tips about your personal statement

UCAS has published a list of the top 10 opening lines used in personal statements & suggested avoiding them to make your statement stand out
26/04/2016 10:42:00

Course work

These are written assignments, which could be a report or an essay about a particular topic. You’ll be given a deadline for it to be submitted by but usually you can spend as much time as you wa...
26/04/2016 16:26:00

UKCISA and international students on the radio (again!)

The final part of ‘Scenes from Student Life’ was focused on studying abroad; what are international students in the UK and overseas up against? What could they share with others?
29/04/2016 16:13:00

Scholarships

The British Council's Education UK website has a facility allowing international students, from both inside and outside the EU, to search for, and gain advice on, scholarships. The following bodies ...
03/05/2016 17:44:00

Tier 4 funds for continuing students

Funds calculated from course start on CAS, not from date of application; all parts of a month rounded up
04/05/2016 15:50:00

Employers checking permission to work

If you have a passport sticker or biometric residence permit (BRP) that does not prohibit work, you are allowed to take employment as described in What kind of work can you do? and How many hours a we...
06/05/2016 11:45:00

Can I apply for tax credits and welfare benefits?

If the entry clearance or residence permit in your passport or your biometric residence card states that you are subject to the condition "No recourse to public funds" or "No public funds", you must n...
06/05/2016 11:49:00

Nominations for 2016 NUS Internationalisation Awards are now open!

We’re very pleased to be sponsoring the NUS Internationalisation Awards again this year. Find out about categories and how to enter.
11/05/2016 10:26:00

UKCISA supports new All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Students

Topics covered included ‘disentangling’ students from the immigration debate.
12/05/2016 09:57:00

'Tigere' & applications for Student Support (England)

It seems that few, if any, students have succeeded in getting a positive decision from Student Finance England under the interim policy.
12/05/2016 12:00:00

Applying in Scotland: Who is entitled?

If you meet all the requirements of one or more of the following categories, you will be entitled to some level, and amount, of Student Support. This is only a brief summary of persons who are en...
18/05/2016 12:02:00

Further Education for 19 and older

In England, the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA) fund FE courses. They publish fee assessment guidance on who they will allow to be charged a 'home' fee: EFA fu...
19/05/2016 11:15:00

Definition of 'week' for Tier 4 work

'Week' for Tier 4 work purposes defined as any 7-day rolling period
19/05/2016 15:02:00

Paid Student Internship in Communications at UKCISA

Internship opportunity at UKCISA - applications open!
19/05/2016 17:00:00

Immigration issues

Since 14 July 2014 applicants for a UK driving licence are required to show that they have immigration permission to be in the UK for at least six months, unless they have a driving licence from an EE...
24/05/2016 14:43:00

Institutions: Submit evidence for English Language Testing Inquiry by 6 June

The Home Affairs Committee has set a deadline of June 6th for the submission of evidence for its Inquiry into the ETS affair.
24/05/2016 16:54:00

Enhancing the International Student Experience conference: Full agenda announced!

Join us on 15 June 2016 at Universities UK and International Unit's 'Enhancing the International Student Experience' conference.
24/05/2016 16:59:00

'Long residence': new category of 'home' students (after 'Tigere')

The 'Tigere' interim policy is being replaced by a provision in the fees and Student Support regulations for those with 'long residence'.
25/05/2016 11:21:00

Immigration statistics

Immigration statistics for first quarter of 2016 published
26/05/2016 12:42:00

Higher Education

This information explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a higher education (HE) course in England. If you fit into one of these ca...
26/05/2016 13:55:00

England: fee status

Publicly funded educational institutions normally charge two levels of fee: a lower 'home' fee and a higher 'overseas' fee. Private sector institutions often have only one level of tuition fee, whic...
26/05/2016 13:59:00

Scotland: fee status

Publicly funded educational institutions normally charge two levels of fee: a lower 'home' fee and a higher 'overseas' fee. Private sector institutions often have only one level of tuition fee, which ...
26/05/2016 14:10:00

Wales: fee status

Publicly funded educational institutions normally charge two levels of fee: a lower 'home' fee and a higher 'overseas' fee. Private sector institutions often have only one level of tuition fee, whic...
26/05/2016 14:11:00

Northern Ireland: fee status

Publicly funded educational institutions normally charge two levels of fee: a lower 'home' fee and a higher 'overseas' fee. Private sector institutions often have only one level of tuition fee, whic...
26/05/2016 14:12:00

Chief Inspector's report on administrative review

Chief inspector's report on administrative review - much room for improvement
31/05/2016 15:36:00

International Higher Education in facts and figures

Universities UK and the International Unit have produced their annual overview of key statistics about international students and Higher Education.
02/06/2016 13:06:00

On the road

In addition to having current valid road tax, insurance and a driving licence, you must: drive on the left-hand side of the road and overtake on the right-hand side; wear a crash-helmet ...
02/06/2016 17:08:00

Underground

If you visit London, you’ll probably need to use the Underground – ‘the Tube’. To travel you can either buy a ticket on the day, buy an ‘Oyster card’ (this is a pre...
06/06/2016 15:12:00

Trams

Several cities including Sheffield, Manchester and Edinburgh operate trams.  Like buses, how you pay varies between cities.  You may also be able to get student travel cards that cover trams...
06/06/2016 15:24:00

Coaches

These are larger buses and usually for longer journeys. Have a look at National Express (England), Translink (Northern Ireland) and CityLink (Scotland) to see what’s on offer.  Many compani...
06/06/2016 15:38:00

Domestic flights

There are more than 20 commercial airports in the UK. This can be quicker than a long train journey and sometimes more affordable, so worth having a look. Explore SkyScanner or Fly.co.uk to compa...
06/06/2016 15:54:00

Cycling

There are lots of cycle paths throughout the UK so you can ride your bike safely. Remember that not all cities are large enough to have secure cycle lanes, so you may need more experience to ride a bi...
06/06/2016 16:06:00

Transit accommodation

If you wish to stay overnight in London during your journey, you should try to arrange accommodation before you leave your home country. You can book accommodation (using a credit card) before yo...
07/06/2016 15:36:00

Travelling to your institution after a flight to Heathrow?

If you are making your own travel plans and will be arriving into London Heathrow, Great Western Railway offers train tickets with British Airways and Singapore Airways flights.
08/06/2016 15:41:00

Applying in England: Who is entitled?

If you meet all the requirements of one or more of the following categories, you will be entitled to some level, and amount, of Student Support. This is only a brief summary of persons who are en...
10/06/2016 12:11:00

Our president Lord Bilimoria in PIE News

He spoke to PIE about Brexit, the role of the APPG for international students and post-study work visas
13/06/2016 13:46:00

How to experience UK traditions

Students’ Union Your Students’ Union will most likely hold a range of cultural events about the UK and about other countries, for example a number of Students’ Unions hold celebrati...
14/06/2016 15:33:00

Unspoken rules and etiquette

As with every culture, in the UK there are a number of unspoken rules that are often expected to be adhered to. Don’t worry about it too much – you’ll soon pick them up. Most notable...
14/06/2016 15:42:00

From the traditional to the weird and wonderful

There are some cultural experiences in the UK which may seem a little unusual when you first get here. From rolling a cheese down a hill to weaving ribbons around a pole, there are a lot of curious cu...
14/06/2016 15:58:00

Still time to book for UKCISA conference 2016!

As well as over 60 sessions, there are a host of social events for you to attend and network with like-minded colleagues.
16/06/2016 12:42:00

Immigration on arrival

If you travel to the UK by air, you will probably arrive at one of London's main international airports, Heathrow or Gatwick; or one of the big regional airports, such as Manchester, Birmingham, Edinb...
16/06/2016 14:24:00

UK visa holders

There is no problem if you have applied in your home country for a Tier 4 or short-term student visa/entry clearance before travelling. Your UK visa/entry clearance will not be date stamped on entry t...
16/06/2016 14:46:00

Coming to our conference? Collect your international student safety poster from the British Council

Pick up or download a poster to promote new safety guides to your international students.
21/06/2016 14:19:00

NUS Internationalisation Awards shortlist announced

Take a look at the NUS Internationalisation Award shortlist by category.
22/06/2016 10:56:00

BIS call for evidence on switching university/course

BIS public call for evidence on switching runs until 19 July. Students & members encouraged to feedback.
23/06/2016 14:33:00

Attending conference? Submit your questions to the Home Office panel

All attendees are invited to submit their questions by midday on Friday 24 June.
23/06/2016 14:59:00

UKCISA responds to EU Referendum result

The result of the EU Referendum has been revealed; the UK has voted to leave the European Union. 51.9% voted to leave and 48.1% to remain.
24/06/2016 11:10:00

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