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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

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

Food and drink

Most known for our love of tea, scones and fish and chips in the UK there are a number of food and drink items you should sample while in the UK. These can be found at various markets, shops, cafes an...
14/06/2016 15:28:00

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

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

Travel and transport in the UK

The UK is well connected by various forms of transport. Including numerous train lines, airports, cycle paths, underground subways and roads. If you would like to drive while you’re in the UK pl...
06/06/2016 16:17:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lawful residence

Lord Scarman, in the House of Lords case of Shah stated that: "Unless, therefore, it can be shown that the statutory framework or the context in which the words are used requires a different meaning...
20/05/2016 14:43:00

31 March 2009 - 5 April 2012 and before 31 March 2009

If you made your Tier 4 immigration application on or after 31 March 2009 and before 6 April 2012, you can remind yourself of your work conditions in Table 2 of a Home Office document for employers ca...
19/05/2016 14:48:00

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

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

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

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

What kind of work can you do?

If you are allowed to work, you can do most kinds of work. However,  there are some kinds of work you must not do: self-employment and business activity work as a professional sport...
06/05/2016 11:40:00

Working after studies have ended

Most students have immigration permission that extends beyond the end of their studies. You can work full time for this extra period once you have completed your course, which is confirmed in the Home...
06/05/2016 11:32:00

Volunteering and unpaid employment

You might want to be a volunteer. There is a difference between unpaid employment (voluntary work) and volunteering, and you should always check with the organisation which offers you a volunteering...
06/05/2016 11:06:00

Short-term student, student visitor

If you are in the UK as a student visitor or as a short-term student, your passport sticker or the stamp in your passport will say "No work" or "Work prohibited". This means that you are not allowed t...
06/05/2016 10:44:00

Work placements and internships

Placements are an excellent way of obtaining work experience, especially if you are not otherwise allowed to take employment in the UK. The experience you gain can help you make decisions about your l...
06/05/2016 10:41:00

Leaving or interrupting your studies

Even if you have Tier 4 immigration permission that allows you to work, you should not work if you leave your course or take a break from it before you have completed it. This is because your permissi...
06/05/2016 10:04:00

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

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

Exams

Exams can be really stressful for all students to cope with. You can eliminate this stress a little by ensuring you know the layout of the exam, what topics could be featured, how long you have to tak...
26/04/2016 16:08:00

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

Self-employment and business activity

Under Tier 4 you cannot be self-employed. If you are not sure whether your proposed work would be self-employment, you can check with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by contacting them ...
19/04/2016 14:42:00

Definitions

31/03/2016 17:49:00

Visa conditions

As a short-term student, you have the same conditions, whether you applied for entry clearance or not. If you have successfully applied for entry clearance, check the vignette (sticker) in your ...
31/03/2016 17:46:00

Applying for entry clearance (a visa)

First you need to establish whether you are a visa national or a non-visa national. To do this, check whether the country you are a citizen of appears on the visa national list (you will need to ...
31/03/2016 17:17:00

Under 18s

31/03/2016 17:03:00

English language course maximum of 11 months

The Immigration Rules usually allow short-term students to come the UK for a maximum of 6 months. However, there is a special provision in the Immigration Rules that allows people to come as short-ter...
31/03/2016 16:46:00

Medical insurance

If you are coming for up to 6 months, look at the page for England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland (depending on where you are going to stay in the UK) to see whether you will be entitled to fr...
31/03/2016 12:06:00

Short-term student visa

This information is for you if you are currently outside the UK and you want to come to study in the UK as a 'short-term student' because either: you are not eligible to apply for a Tier 4 stud...
31/03/2016 11:58:00

Evidence

Your application must include a valid passport and all the documents listed in the application forms and guidance. Unlike many other countries the UK doesn't require that a passport is valid for any p...
31/03/2016 11:06:00

Water in the UK

Drink tap water, be healthy and save money Tap water in UK rates among the best in the world and it's the most popular drink for people when at home in this country. Depending on where you study, you...
22/03/2016 14:15:00

How to apply

18/03/2016 10:27:00

Your rights

10/03/2016 12:20:00

Travel and shipping home

Travel To get the cheapest tickets, you have to book early, at least several weeks in advance. You can often find very cheap tickets on the internet, on the websites of either travel companies or the...
07/03/2016 12:28:00

Settled purpose

Lord Scarman in the case of Shah held that the mind of the applicant is important in two regards. One is that the residence is voluntarily adopted. The other is that it is for a settled purpose. Man...
02/03/2016 10:47:00

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