If you are an international student preparing for your study abroad experience, this article would interest you. This is because today we’re highlighting some of the top support organizations that help international students especially those studying in the UK.
Tag along as we make the big reveal.
1. Great British Magazine
This is a digital magazine that helps students interested in studying in the UK decide whether it is the best place for them and provides insights about life as a student in the UK. The team behind the magazine are former international students so they cover topics that they know are of interest and helpful to overseas students.
International education is a very important sector of every economy. This makes it absolutely necessary for stakeholders to be at the forefront of affairs ensuring that issues affecting international students are adequately taken care of. This is where the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) comes to play. It operates a helpline, lobbies the government on issues affecting international students and runs a student ambassador programme aimed at continually improving how international students are supported.
UKCISA is especially helpful if you are looking for support regarding government guidelines and regulations, such as changes in visa requirements.
3. Student Minds
This website is big on student wellbeing and mental health and shares student experiences of mental health difficulties as well as provides resources that can improve their mental health. Their resources include links to charities, helplines, running groups on campus and producing articles which give tips on staying mentally healthy at the university.
4. British Council
If you’re looking to get practical information and insights on UK education for international students, then look no further than the British Council and their Study UK website. This is because this is where students get to understand the process of applying to universities in the UK. It’s also the avenue through which students get informed of available scholarships and are directed to approved agents in their countries that can be used to help them apply to universities in the UK.
5. Student Unions
Students’ unions are bodies that are usually independent of their universities and in most cases are affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS). Top on their priority list is the need to represent the interests of all students on a local and national level. Amongst other things, their officers provide support for students who experience discrimination or need help. They usually have officers dedicated to LBGTQ, interfaith and international students, amongst others.
6. University’s International Office
In every university, there is an office dedicated to international students. This team provides advice on immigration, employment, funding, academic and personal matters. It also coordinates activities and events for international students. It’s website will contain lists of all their services and how to get in touch with them.
So, as you embark on your study abroad experience, you can be sure that you are not alone because there are lots of support organizations that help international students.