Information and Advice

Information and Advice

Applying to university: How to pick your course?

This is easier than it sounds with nearly 40,000 choices currently being offered.

As soon as you choose your A level and I.B. courses you should start thinking about your university courses as well. You will choose five universities to apply to, which will help you narrow down what you are looking for.

A degree course is usually 3 years, and can be longer. Make sure you have picked something you will really enjoy, which is taught in a way you want to learn. If you know your career, find out if you need a certain degree to achieve it.

Double check your dates for personal statement etc. and start looking and reading, www.ucas.com has every course listed and where it is being offered.

To start with look at the course content, who is teaching, and what they are interested in. then start narrowing by location, fees etc. and do ask questions of the universities and the lecturers.

You will be spending three years at university at a considerable cost, where you study is very important, think carefully about where you would like to live in a city, in the country on a campus or collegiate? What is the accommodation and halls like? what is the community and social life? coupled with library, research and sports facilities.

When you are down to you five choices, in our view aim for a strategy of success, if a university believes you can achieve the grades, believe in yourself. Make sure you then pick an insurance offer that asks you for a realistic set of grades that are within your ability.

Never choose a university offer unless you really want to go there, typical reasons to reject an offer will be course content, distance form home, social life.

Try and go to a university open day, they give you the chance to get to know the campus, students, accommodation and surrounding towns and facilities. it really is a case of the more you prepare the more informed your choices will be and the happier you will be when you arrive at your chosen university and really will have a life changing experience for the next three years.

Applying to university: The university interview

Many universities issue offers based on your statement, certain courses and some universities like to meet you first. Oxbridge will want to meet you in person. and competitive subjects including medicine and law also prefer to meet you before offers are issued. You are 50% of the way forward you did not get a reject letter, well done.

To avoid nerves prepare well in advance, understand your course thoroughly and make sure you know what to expect on the day. You will receive information in advance from the university including when and where to arrive, do check whether you are sitting assessment tests or if you need to bring any examples of your work.

Try and speak to other students already studying your courses about their interviews and the course, facebook can help you get connected, many universities will offer to ‘buddy’ you if you ask.

the interviewer will be looking to see how suitable you are to study your subject at their university. Make sure you know the course outline and your personal statement inside out, back to front and then some, you will be talking about the points you make during your interview. try and expand on the point you have made and know why you have chosen that university and course.

Do not be surprised if you are asked academic questions and questions about your current courses, interviewers like to see you have broadened your thinking and opinions by extra reading, studying or experience beyond your course requirements and that you have your own ideas and analytical ability.

Most of all you need to show love and enthusiasm for your chosen subject, show your passion, but in a clam, intelligent way.

Good luck!

Applying to university: Writing a personal Statement

I am currently finishing off studying my degree at Oxford University, and holding offers for further study at the universities of Edinburgh, LSE and King’s Cambridge.

The following helped me with my applications!

What is it?

The University application involves completing a UCAS form of your top 5 universities where you would like to study for Undergraduate Courses. This involves writing a Personal statement of 4,000 characters or 47 lines of text. These statements cause endless worry. 4,000 words sounds a lot, but trying to persuade a university you are passionate, intelligent and better than the other candidates ideally would take a lot more than 4,000 words.

This statement aims to show your interest in the course you have chosen, how you can contribute to the course and fellow students, relevant experience/skills and your interests beyond academic grades.

Guiding Questions:

At the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, all admissions decisions are based solely on the applicants ability to demonstrate an ability to show their ‘ ability, commitment and potential.’

They offer four guiding points for all applicants, but before you start try brain storming why you are applying for your course and why a university should take a risk with you:

Explain their reasons for wanting to study the subject at university.

Demonstrate you enthusiasm and commitment for your chosen course.

Express any particular interests within the field.

Outline how they have pursued their interest in the subject in their own time.

Admissions people want to see you are genuinely interested in your chosen subject, be that by reading around the subject or ideally going out and getting some experience shadowing or working along side someone already in your chosen field.

UCAS recommends structuring your personal statement by considering the following:

Why are you applying?

Why does this subject interest you?

Skills, knowledge, achievements and experience you have that will help you do well.

What makes you suitable for the course?

Which of your skills and experiences are most relevant?

Check course listings to see what level of understanding you need to have and what qualifications or skills they are looking for.

Try and link your experience to the skills and qualities mentioned and you can put them into a structure that is most relevant to the course providers.

To ensure you stand out try and you have the words free consider adding in course non-academic information. You will then need to relate what you have done to why it will help with your degree or career plans?

Although it may sound obvious proof read your application and ask someone else to read through your work, spelling and grammatical errors can make your work look careless.

Good luck!

Examples:

Following the following link for degree specific examples of past undergraduate applicants:

http://www.studential.com/personalstatements/university.asp?universityid=30

This link, designed by UCAS where you will eventually send your Personal Statement, offers a video on step to step guidelines on ‘how to write your personal statement.’

http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works.com

Applying to university: Top 20 universities in the UK

Oxford University- The oldest University in England, and along with Cambridge University part of ‘Oxbridge,’ combined with London University these universities represent the top of the British education system. Together these universities are ranked in the top 5 world leading universities.

Cambridge University: Over 800 years old and one of the world’s greatest science universities, with over 65 Nobel prize winners and it’s professors world dominating personalities e.g. Sir Stephen Hawkins, this beautiful small town in East Anglia, is a joy to live in. Students famously bike around the cobbled streets and enjoy living in the pretty Colleges all within a few miles of each other.

LSE- London school Of Economics and Political Science: A hugely popular part of London University, situated near the city, river and central Covent garden district of London. LSE is both International, vibrant and an exciting place to study, the college combines the highest academic standards with the traditions of a world leading university. Consistently one of the most popular Universities in the world, this is a memorable college to study at and deserve it’s place as the students college of choice.

4) Imperial College- London

5) Durham University

6) University of St Andrew: The Oxbridge of Scotland, a small town on the coast with a huge reputation. The close knit community of 8,000 students enjoy many traditions, with academic excellence and a pedigree of being the university where Prince William met and studied with Catherine Middleton.

7) University College London

8) University Warwick

9) University of Bath

10) University of exeter

11) University of Bristol

12) Lancaster university

13) University of York.

14) University of Edinburgh.

15) University of Glasgow.

16) Loughborough University

17)University of Leicester

18) University of Southampton

19) University of Sussex: set in the beautiful valley of Falmer, close to the dynamic city of Brighton, the university combines many world famous departments including the medical school and world famous International Development research facility. the university is hugely popular with both International and British students who enjoy an exceptionally friendly and supportive campus community. Brighton with its famous Pavillion buildings, shopping Lanes and and beach is both dynamic, exciting and progressive, attracting students looking to enjoy a student led city.

20) University of `Nottingham

Applying to university: Who are the Russell group, Red Brick and Plate Glass universities?

The Russell Group is an association of the top 24 British research universities. These universities are often compared to the U.S. Ivy league ranking system. The Russell group universities reputation mean they receive two- thirds of all research grant funding from the government. The name Russell group refers to the London Hotel in Russell Square where the original agreement between the universities was signed!

The Russell Group universities objectives include:

Leading research initiatives

Maximising the income of member institutions

Attract the best staff and students to it’s member institutions.

Create a regulatory environment in which it can achieve these objectives by reducing government interference.

Identify ways to co-operate to maximise the universities collaborative efforts.

Member Universities:

University of Birmingham.

University of Bristol.

University of Cambridge.

Cardiff University.

Durham University.

University of Edinburgh.

University of Exeter.

University of Glasgow.

Imperial College London.

King’s College London.

University of Leeds.

University of Liverpool.

LSE_ London School of Economics and Political Science.

University of Manchester.

Newcastle University.

University of Nottingham

University of Oxford.

Queen Mary, University of London.

Queen’s University, Belfast.

University of Sheffield.

University of Southampton.

University College, London.

University of Warwick.

University of York.

 

Red Brick Universities:

Red Brick Universities are often regarded as the oldest most established universities, founded in the major industrial cities of England, their established reputation were awarded university status during the First World War. These universities were initially established as civic science or engineering Colleges. The six institutions are also members of the Russell Group and remain the most sought after universities.

Members:

University of Birmingham.

University of Bristol.

University of Leeds.

University of Liverpool.

University of Manchester.

University of Sheffield.

Plate Glass Universities:

These universities emerged during the 1960’s in response to the further education government report, the Robbins Report.The report concluded that university places should be available to all who were qualified.The term ‘plate glass’ reflects the modern architectural design of the new universities, contrasting with their older ‘red brick’ cousins.

Members:

Aston University.

University of East Anglia.

University of Essex.

University of Kent

Lancaster University.

`university of Sussex.

`university of Warwick.

University of York.

Whichever University you pick you will enjoy an amazing experience, an outstanding education, in a university an established unique history.

Our services: Selecting suitable host families

When you decide to study in another country and it can be a difficult decision. As a parent you want to give your child the best opportunities whilst knowing they are safe, cared for, happy and protected. Finding a great school can be hard enough, but also caring guardians using good host families just adds to your concerns, especially since most parents are living many miles away. This is why finding a good host family is so important. What is critical is a Guardian who only uses host families who understand the needs of caring for International students, so that everyone involved is happy. In order to find the right family you need to use an experience Guardian Company like Cambridge Guardian Angels, we understand the culture of your child’s school, and have access to outstanding families. We use AEGIS recommended and approved interview and assessment procedures, which includes carrying out extensive interviews with potential host families, completing CRB security checks on all adults living at the family. We then take out two reference checks on the primary carer, and have all documentation available on file should an AEGIS inspection or parent request at any time viewing our procedures.

When an International student travels to England for their education, it is important to have a host family willing to care for and support all the student wishes to be and do. Being a good host family means more than following base levels of service and regulations. It also means being able to embrace the students culture, providing care and comfort together with support and social and emotional adjustments. It requires welcoming students, and making them feel at home and providing an environment where students feel safe and secure. While the school provides safety and supervision for your child the host family provides a student with the opportunity to kick- back and relax in a second family environment. The student gets to know their family and they the student, this becomes a solid connection and very special relationship. This relationship involves getting to know and understand each others cultures, and having a greater understanding of what it is like to live in each others cultures and different worlds. It is a highly rewarding experience!

By understanding the needs of each of or students Cambridge Guardian Angels are able to give parents peace of mind, we hope you will feel good about sending your child to school here when you see how well your child is settling at school and enjoying spending time with their host family.

Our services: What can a guardian do for you?

As an International Student, you have language barriers, cultural differences as well as other problems to overcome when studying in a foreign country.

You may feel isolated and a little overwhelmed with your new life and this can impact your overall school work and confidence.

Here are a few ways we can help you settle and achieve the most from your time in England:

We understand that there can be language barriers to overcome. An International student needs to learn English and this can initially make it hard to do well initially at school. We can work with you and the school by providing tutors who as well as helping with learning English, they can also show you how you can fit your own language in with your studies. There is no need to forget your own language and culture, but as you adapt to your new life you will learn how you can use both languages to your advantage.

There is going to be an adjustment period where you adapt to the English education system, which may be very different to the system you are used to in your own country. We work closely with each one of our students to make their transition into their new schools as smooth as possible. There may be some fear and apprehension about arriving here and starting a new school where you do not know anyone, and you are not feeling confident speaking a new language, you may feel alone and out of place. We work closely with our schools working closely to ensure all our students feel settled, welcomed and that they can adjust to new education systems and a different way of school management. We understand through personal experience that English schools are not the same as in your own country, and we work to ensure your transition into school life is as smooth as possible.

We help students feel part of their student group. New international students need time to adjust to a new way of doing things and by interacting with other students they can feel part of the overall student group. Working with other can help you to relax and learn more. This will help you feel engaged in the learning process and it is much easier to overcome difficulties when you feel like you belong.

A student who is in anyway unhappy must tell us. We want every student to feel at home in England, but we know the first adjustment period can be hard. By talking about difficulties and problems we can work out the situation and help you to feel more settled.

We are here to help you adjust to your new life. We understand the language barrier, cultural differences and new education systems can be a problem. Talk to us if you are having any problems adjusting and if necessary we can arrange tutors to help with initial academic difficulties.

Starting school in a whole new world, an international student’s view of coming to England for I.B..

Being driven from the airport on the ‘wrong’ side of the road. Hearing a foreign language spoken all around you. Seeing fish and chips advertised……….

I came to England having only been here for a quick visit to London once before, joining a central Cambridge day school, to study I.B. age 16 years, from Germany. I quickly grew very close to people within the first few weeks of school because, whilst not being particularly extrovert, others were in the same position of wanting to make friends fast. The school arranged over the first few days an Induction programme, with team building activities and situations which left you, (exhausted) and slumped next to other new people. We then had the evenings to get to know each other and Cambridge, we were all living with host families located in similar areas. We would cycle around Cambridge to each others houses and gather in the Parks, or cafe’s to joke about some new cultural differences we had encountered and not previously expected, or some English words or phrases which we would try and decipher thanks to the contribution of our English friends.

We would try saying amusing phrases in English and then see how many other languages we knew for saying the same words, sometimes we managed 10 different languages!

We were all living a new experience together, we could relate to each other’s stories, observations and feelings- like being exhausted from speaking a foreign language for the first few weeks, or really craving a particular food. As the year progressed by each getting food parcels from our parents which we saved and then used at critical times e.g. during exam season, sharing foods and memories from home, this brought everyone’s homes and families closer together.

It can be hard coming to a culture where you have a limited knowledge. However you are doing this with other students, and you are all doing this together. Joining a school and the exploration of new experiences, gets you very close to others very quickly. Different and diversity becomes interesting- you will always be able to contribute to a conversation by saying,’ in my country we do this……..’ to which someone else will compare to their own country, contributing other personal observations.

By the time you have completed your schooling in England you will have become incredibly open minded, with an extensive insight into cultural differences and the different ways countries are run and organised. All this familiarizes you with situations where you can meet new people, learn to live independently, become culturally sensitive and very aware.

All of this has contributed to my understanding of the emerging global climate around us at university and work, with luck you will have friends for life and an I.B.as well.

Applying to University: International students guide to applying to Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities.

If you are studying at either a boarding school or a leading day school, you may decide to apply to an Oxbridge University. A degree from Cambridge, Oxford, London or a leading university can go a long way towards helping you achieve any future career plans you have. It is possible to get scholarships to these universities, to help your family support you while you study.

Here are a few tips to help you be in a strong position when you decide to apply:

International students will increase their chances of getting into a good university by ensuring they have consistently high grades. Work hard on your school work to ensure your grades are as strong as they can be. Universities look for students that excel in all their studies, so senior school students need to start working as soon as they arrive at school. Leaving it until you reach the 6th form is leaving it all too late.

Be very active outside school. Try to something different to the usual range of activities. Be someone different and show the Oxbridge Universities that you have more than typical talents. Maybe you can do some volunteer work? Universities will recognise you as being someone who is not just an ordinary International student, but someone who stands out as special and unique.

Universities are looking for someone different, You to need to show you can go beyond the stereotypes, try to offer something unique that you feel passionate about.

Your Guardian and your school can help you achieve your academic goals. we will be delighted to provide you with the tools, support and advice you need to achieve your dreams and ambitions, to reach your ultimate goal of a place at one of these prestigious universities.

The process of achieving a place at university will be different for each student, and it will depend on your individual situation. Talk to your us and your school and discuss a strategy for gaining a place at one of these universities. Just remember that while you are still at senior school you can work to get your marks as high as possible, so you will be ready to apply when the time comes. Try to find out as much as you can in advance, visiting the universities, talking to students who have applied before and don’t forget to find out about those scholarships to help ease the financial burden on your family.

Good luck!

Tips for International students: Overcome homesickness when you first arrive

International students have a lot to get used to when they first arrive in a new school. There is a big transition from their old lives into their new one at a new school and this can sometimes feel a little strange. One thing that can be hard to deal with is home sickness. There are several things students can do to overcome this.

Cambridge Guardian Angels are here to ensure that every student has the support system to help them adjust to their new lives. For some students this might take more time, we can help this process go smoothly for each student. We want to make sure each student is welcomed here and that they are happy in their new school.

There are many students already here in England looking for friends like other international students and eager to make that connection. Once a student has spent some time here they will find that making friends is rather easy and this will help ease some of the homesickness they are feeling. We can help bring students together, to help forge friendships and help build relationships.

The more students get involved with their school the easier it is to adjust to a new life. There are many fun activities in school outside of school work, such as sports and groups where you can connect with other students who enjoy the same things you do. If you are having fun with other people you won’t feel so homesick and adjusting to school life will be easier.

The internet makes it easier for students to connect with family and friends back in their home countries. You can use the internet, Skype, messaging and many other ways to stay in touch, which can help you feel less homesick, especially if you see a familiar face and can tell someone from home about all the new experiences you are having.

Another good way to help you cope with homesickness is to find a new hobby. There are many fun activities to join outside of classes. Students are encouraged to pursue things that are new and interest them, this help you to adapt to your new way of life. You might meet new people too, and this will help you feel more welcome.

The initial period you are at a new school is going to be an adjustment, but you will find over a period of time your homesickness will reduce. The best thing to do is find fun activities and connect with other students. This gives you fun things to do and by meeting new people and making new friends you will feel like you belong here.

You will not be alone at your new school. Everyone wants to see you do well and enjoy your new life. We are here for each student in our care to help them overcome any difficulties and to help them ease and settle into their new lives.

Tips for International students: Making friends with other students when you first arrive

International students can have a hard time adjusting to their new life in an English day or boarding school. It can be difficult because of language barriers and cultural differences to meet new friends. Here are a few ideas that I hope will help.

A great way to meet new friends is to join some after school activities that you like to do. The are lots of after school sports and clubs. If you are involved in sports and activities it gives you a chance to interact with lots of different students and get to know them better. This is a good way to get to know other students who like the same things you do and share the same interests. If you have something in common with another person it is easy to become friends as you share a common link.

Being kind and having good manners goes a long way to helping you make friends. Do something nice for another person and you will make a new friend. No-one wants to be around someone who is either angry or does not want to be involved in the things that go on. Be pleasant and warm and offer others your friendship.

If you just show people the person you are, with kindness and friendship everyone will want to be your friend.

International students can make friends with other new students. You can keep your own culture and feel at ease while you both adjust to your new lives together. By making friends with other new students you can learn about your new school and England together.

The more a new student participates in the classroom the quicker you will make friends, other students like to be around people who speak up and join in. No one will notice you if you sit at the back of the room and say nothing. If you feel shy and unconfident speak to your teachers and your guardian and we will help you.

You can not make friends unless you ask another student to do something with you. This can be as simple as walking to class, or going for a meal together, or doing something fun after school that you both enjoy. Most students will want to do something with you, because everyone at school likes to have lots of friends around them. If you are open it is much easier to make friends.

If you participate and are outgoing you will make friends with lots of different people.

Join sports and activities that you like and you will find there are lots of students who want to get to know you and be your friend.

Tips for International students: Participating in class

When you have moved a long way from home and joined a new school you have a lot of things on your mind. International students feel a lot of pressure to fit into their new lives and this can make it harder to participate in discussions and activities at school. Students may feel shy or withdrawn as they find it hard to adjust to the changes in their lives. There are also language barriers to overcome and cultural differences in the way classes are run in England.

The easiest way that students can start participating at school is to answer just a few questions at a time or make a couple of comments, in each lesson. The teachers at the schools understand the English ability of a student to start with is not going to be the best and that is fine. Students are encouraged to participate because this will help them learn properly. When a student participates more frequently, their confidence will increase and they will have the incentive to speak up more often and join in with longer discussions. This will help them enjoy the complete classroom experience.

When a student participates more often they will come to find out that there are many rewards to speaking up. It is hard to join in at first, once a student does they will find the learning process easier and they will gain in the confidence you need for later life at university, work and beyond. The more you speak up and join in the more confident you feel. This does not happen straight away, but gradually builds up over time. If you do not join in and speak up you will stay at the same level, so even though students feel it is a risk, participate, join in and speak up because the short and long term benefits are worth it.

International students often bring a fresh, new outlook to class discussions that makes everyone else think again and really adds to the learning experience for everyone in the class. If a student does not say anything the other students will not know or understand the students views and opinions. Joining in can lead to great discussions and debates and helps everyone discover and learn something new.

International students can improve their classroom discussions by focussing on their speaking skills. Keep speaking English with all your friends in all social situations. Hold conversations with house staff, teachers, guardians and host parents. Play games Monopoly, Scrabble and Pictionary are great ways to use a lot of English while you are having fun. Buy English magazines, books and watch English movies and T.V. it all helps. The more you work on it when you first arrive at school the easier it is to break those language barriers and improve your performance as a student.

The more you join in and interact with everyone in your class, the better your English will become. Speaking up in class has many rewards for students and is a large part of the learning process. Start slowly and then before you know it you will feel at home in your new school.

Understanding British education: Single gender school or a coeducational school

If you are considering sending your child to boarding school in England, you may wonder which is more beneficial, single sex or co-educational, there are many strongly held views on this subject. The only thing that matters is that you do what you feel is right for your child and family.

One advantage of single sex schools are that there are no distractions dealing with the opposite sex. Many students find it is easier to form friendships, do well academically and feel comfortable and confident at school when they are in a single sex environment. Boys and girls learn differently, teaching can be directed to their different styles of learning especially when they are ages 11-16 years.

On the other side co educational schools are very diverse in structure. Having co educational classes allows students to learn how to interact with each other, this can be good for emotional and social development. It is also felt as the ‘real’ world is mixed gender children are prepared better if they are taught in a representative environment, some students may have found it harder to adapt to university and working when they have come out of a single sex educational environment.

Choosing a school should always come down to your child, and your personal family beliefs and values, the choice of which is better co-educational or single sex education is not the point, it is a question of what is right for your child. The main thing to look at is the academic and pastoral care a school provides.

Some schools are offering a co educational structure with single sex teaching for certain academic subjects, between the ages 11-16 years old, this recognises girls and boys learn differently, but allows them to enjoy social areas and certain lessons together. This offers the best of both worlds!

Understanding British education: Day or boarding school?

When you are choosing an independent school, the question of choosing a day or boarding school comes up. It is not that one is better than the other, it is which one is better suited for your child and their needs? There are advantages and disadvantages to both systems.
The main advantage of boarding school is the preparation it gives you for adulthood. Many children are worried about being away from their family and parents. Even children who are concerned about going away from home gain many benefits from boarding school. Learning independence is one of the main functions of a boarding school. It teaches children how to take care of themselves, up to a certain degree. and prepares them for life at University. The activities at boarding schools are numerous and the class numbers are small.
Diversity is another advantage, often children are sent to boarding school from overseas. this allows them to be surrounded by a diverse group of other people who can introduce them to other cultures. For international students boarding schools offer lots of social interaction with other people and a feeling of safety and home. Boarding schools outside of your home country, help reassure you when you have been separated from your child. The children are monitored well but still given the freedom to have social lives and fun. they form friendships with other students that can last a lifetime.
For other people day schools offer a better choice. If a child is anxious about being away from home, boarding school may help them get past these feelings or it might intensify them. You want your child to get a good education, but not at the expense of their emotional and mental well being. Day schools provides a balance between family life and school life. Children can go to school to learn and develop social skills, but come home to have bonding time with their own or a host family. Plus, day school is less costly than boarding school, and this may influence your decision.
Both types of schools come with advantages. If you research all the options and talk things over with your child to get their opinions, you are doing the most you can to make the right decision for your child.

Understanding British education: Faith Schools

Your religious beliefs may be a factor when you choose a new school. Even if it is not many schools are faith based or spirited, you will need to know the requirements of your school choice before you finally decide on a school. Some English schools request that all students embrace and participate fully in religious ceremonies. Others, (more commonly) support Christian values and follow the spirit of a specific religion. If you feel your personal faith is the foundation upon which you raise your children you will want a school that supports your beliefs.

The majority of Private and public schools in England have religious principles which underpin their values, most are informal and flexible about how far students support this. Most have religious assemblies, and enjoy chapel services at religious times like Christmas and Easter. While most private schools in England are protestant, equally you can find many outstanding Catholic, Quaker, Hebrew, Baptist and Non-denominational schools.

Most parents pick a religious school to educate their children with strong ethical values and morals, and some following family traditions or because they prefer single sex schools, which tend to be religious. Families who practice a certain religion will want their children educated in the faith the family practice at home. Learning in a classroom allows children the opportunity to learn more than they could through attending churches and Sunday schools. Religion is then supported through pastoral care and playing and growing within a community supporting these values.

Each parent who looks at a School will need to choose what is best for your child’s needs and your expectations for these needs and the school. If religious requirements are important to you, then a school following your choice of religious doctrine may suit your child best. If not you may select a school based on academic performance or specialisation in another area. Together with the school you pick it will ultimately be parenting that will make all the difference to each child and the values and morals they learn.

Tips for international students: Overcoming culture shock

International students may find it difficult to adjust to their new life because it is so different to their lives back home. Here there’s a different way of doing things and we have a different national culture compared to life back in their home country. Here’s some ways a student can overcome cultural shock and adjust to their new life in England.

Stay in contact with home:

The initial period of going to a new school will be the most difficult. A student will need to keep in contact with home and their own culture. This will help the student when they feel homesick or just need some encouragement and someone to talk to. If the student stays in contact with home in the early stages this is the best way to overcome the initial culture shock.

Introduce others to your own culture

One way to get over culture shock and to adjust to a different national culture is to talk to others about your own culture at home. You may find that other students are actually very interested in your own culture and want to know more about you. By talking about your own culture you may find it easier to adjust to your new culture and even find some new friends in the process.

Learning about your new home.

Another way to adjust to a new culture is to learn all you can about your new culture and its history. This will help you ease into your new life and you will understand how life in England works and why things are done. It is going to be different to what you are used to but by learning all you can about it, this process will help you adjust to it in the best way.

Activities.

You can adjust to the new culture and avoid culture shock by becoming involved at school. If you stay busy you will be learning new things and the shock of leaving home won’t seem so bad. The more active you are the better it’s going to be to adjust to your new life. If you sit alone and don’t participate then you’ll be thinking about home all the time and this will make the adjustment period that much more difficult for you. Get active and meet some new friends and discover how and interesting your new life at school can be.

Get out when you can.

Try to get out and experience some of your own home’s culture too when you have the time. Go out with your new friends and have some of your own countries favourite food or go shopping. You need to enjoy both your new culture and still do things that remind you of your home. This will help you adjust to your new life because you won’t do things just one way. No one wants you to forget your own culture they want you to enjoy both cultures while at school.

Many ways to avoid culture shock.

You can avoid culture shock by getting involved with your new school and getting together with new people to try new things. Make the best of the situation and learn about the new culture while showing people all about your culture too. Everyone wants to learn and this will help you adjust to your new life while keeping your roots and own culture with you.