Universities Working Hard to Overcome Trump and Brexit Fears: #WeAreInternational

 

With recent economic and political changes, Donald Trump’s presidency and the UK Brexit vote in particular, we know that there is a fear amongst many international students both abroad, and in the UK, that an atmosphere of hostility towards students from outside the West is increasing. Plenty of international applicants simply feel that the UK government isn’t doing enough to make them feel at ease about their future studying abroad.

However, while the UK government might be tightening their policies on immigration in the response to the Brexit vote, UK universities are taking a completely different approach. Feeling the burden of easing student fears has been put on them, they are making great efforts to support the international community.

What are UK universities doing to help international students?

The #WeAreInternational campaign was co-founded by the President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Sheffield, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, and the President of the University of Sheffield Students Union (2012-13), Abdi Aziz-Suleiman. The campaign is now backed by over 100 UK universities. International organisations, including the British Council, have also lent their support.

In an extract from their website, the #WeAreInternational campaign describe themselves, and their aims as:

“We are deeply proud of our international university communities and what we gain from our diverse student and staff population is immeasurable. Scholars from across the continent and the world enhance our academic life, knowledge and our economic growth. They are central to the teaching of students and research in everything from medicine and science to engineering, social sciences and the arts and humanities.

We are committed to ensuring our universities remain diverse, inclusive communities of international scholarships open to students and staff from across the world.

 We will continue to ensure our research knows no geographical boundaries and our students and staff from around the world are able to celebrate their own cultures and friendships.

 Our commitment to the UK remaining a welcoming home of global scholarship, which provides a superb education to the most talented people from around the world remains firm.”

Campaigns from supporting organisations and universities include:

British Council, in partnership with Great Britain

Study UK: Discover You

 De Montfort University

#LoveInternational

 University of Kent

#AllInternational

 University of Sheffield

#WeAreInternational

You can find the full list of universities supporting the #WeAreInternational campaign here.

What is UKEC doing to help international students?
Alongside our partner company, ApplicationUK, we are one of a few companies in the UK listed on the #WeAreInternational website’s list of supporters.

We are honoured to be participating in this campaign as UKEC is passionate about helping international students studying in the UK. We recognise the importance of international study, and the benefits it can bring to both the student and host country alike.

With that in mind, we want your help to raise awareness of the #WeAreInternational campaign, and the benefits of being an international student in the UK.

Upload a selfie on Instagram, either on your own or with your friends, and tell us what you love most about studying in the UK. Tag a friend, and nominate them to share their story too! Make sure you tag us in your picture, @ukeducationcentre and use the hashtag #WeAreInternational.

 

For more information on the #WeAreInternational campaign, and studying in the UK as an international student, please contact us here.

Keep up to date with all the latest news from UKEC on Facebook, and Instagram, or visit our website at www.ukec.com.

IELTS – Commonly Asked Questions

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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. It is a pre-requisite for obtaining a Tier 4 visa, and a good IELTS grade is usually required by universities when applying for Masters courses in the UK. Previously, we gave advice on ‘How to prepare for IELTS’, explaining the test procedure, and what to do in the lead up to it.

Here, we answer your most commonly asked questions, hopefully making what is quite a confusing process, a lot simpler for you!

Which type of IELTS should I take?

There are two types of IELTS; IELTS (Academic) UKVI, and IELTS (Academic). The main difference is that you will need IELTS (Academic) UKVI if you are applying for a visa to study in the UK. There are some exceptions, and UK universities will accept IELTS (Academic), but you don’t want to take any chances. After all, no visa = no study!

What score do I need in my IELTS results?

The results you need will depend on the university and course you wish to attend, as entry requirements vary. You can check this by searching for your chosen universities here. However, as a general rule, master’s courses need an IELTS of between 6.0 and 7.0. The majority of Engineering courses require 6.0, and Business courses 6.5. For courses such as English Literature, where a high proficiency in English is needed, 7.0 is often asked for. In addition to this, the majority of IELTS will also have a minimum individual scoring level, for example: a university may be looking for an overall average of 6.5, but with no individual score lower than 5.0.

Where can I take the IELTS?

UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) have a certain number of approved English language test centres that meet Home Office requirements. If you are intending on using your IELTS in your UK immigration application, you must ensure that you take your tests in one of these centres. Details of approved test centres can be found here.

How do I register for IELTS?

We recommend registering through British Council, who will take you step by step through the registration process, and have a number of UKVI approved test centres around the world. They will also make it clear whether you are applying for IELTS (Academic) UKVI or not.

Click here to apply through British Council.

What will the IELTS consist of?

Below is a handy chart detailing the components of the IELTS (Academic) exam, so you can know what to expect in advance.

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With the UKVI approved IELTS, you can also take a pre-sessional course. These last for between 3 and 20 weeks and focus on improving your academic English. They cover areas such as academic writing, note-taking, and presentation skills. Find out more about IELTS pre-sessional courses here.

For information and tips on taking IELTS, please visit the below links:

General IELTS help and guidance

IELTS tips

IELTS practice papers

If you have any further questions or queries on IELTS for postgraduate study, please contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.

For queries on IELTS for undergraduate study, please contact UKEC on international@ukec.com.

 

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From Unconditional to CAS to Visa

What to do after you receive your Unconditional offer from your chosen University

Once you’ve received your unconditional offer, to receive your CAS statement, you will need to accept this.

You will then shortly receive your CAS statement. Once you receive this (confirmation of acceptance for studies) from your University that means the next step for you is to prepare to apply for your visa. Continue reading “From Unconditional to CAS to Visa”

Updated: UKEC Accommodation

UKEC Accommodation ServicesUKEC Accommodation are now taking enquiries and applications for private Accommodation partners. With the addition of a number of new partners, UKEC now have private accommodation available in every city that we have University partners in.

Our Accommodation Services are included within the FREE UKEC Package.

Check out some images in this post!
Continue reading “Updated: UKEC Accommodation”

Friend Referral Scheme

We are pleased to announce the Friend Referral Scheme for all UKEC students.

In four easy steps, you could receive a payment of £200 per student you refer.

1. Refer a student to UKEC

2. They sign on to use UKEC services to apply to a partner University or College

3. They enrol at their chosen UK University or College

4. You receive your payment

The UKEC Friend Referral Scheme

Terms and Conditions apply.  Referred students must use UKEC services and go onto enrol at their chosen University in order for you to receive the £200 one off payment. Payment will be received via cheque or bank transfer. Payment will be received after UKEC has received commission for the student in question from the partner University or College. Students currently participating in alternative UKEC promotions(i.e. Student Ambassadors, Scholarships, Competitions), may also be eligible for the Referral Scheme.

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