We offer a specialist immigration, information, advice and guidance service to international students whilst you are on your course. Our Specialist Advisers, part of Library & Student Services, are specifically trained and qualified and can be contacted via the Gateway in the Library on your campus.
This online toolkit aims to:
Listen to international students talking about differences in study they experienced when they came to the UK. Find out what differences there might be for you.
How prepared are you for the language challenge ahead? Watch a video to learn how other international students faced the challenge when they arrived and find out how you can prepare yourself.
Explore four common ways of being taught on university courses in the UK. Find out what to expect in a lecture, a seminar, a tutorial and a workshop.
Watch a video in which students talk about the cultural challenges for students coming to the UK, then assess yourself to find out how ready you are for them.
Consider different advice about how to study independently and then assess your own study habits.
Do a quiz to find out how prepared you are for the academic writing you will need to do at a British university.
Explore what critical thinking involves and identify any skills that you might need to develop.
Compare course assignments in the UK with those in your home country and practise interpreting essay titles set by British university tutors.
Learn about the correct ways to reference what you read in your own writing. Find out how to avoid plagiarism.
Listen to a British student talking about his relationship with his tutors. Do a quiz to find out what to expect of university tutors in the UK.
Discover what the best study routine for you might be. Practise organising a day's timetable for an international student on a university course in the UK.
Consider how you would manage the production of a 2000-word assignment.
Listen to a British university tutor talking about what seminars are like and explaining what is expected of students.
Find out how lectures in the UK might be different from those you have attended before and listen for clues in a lecture that can help your understanding.
Find out how you can manage your course reading list and learn to read more efficiently.
Think about the skills you will need if you are asked to give a presentation on your course. Watch a video of a student presenting to identify some useful techniques.
Discover what group work involves and the kind of skills that students need to work together effectively.
Listen to an interview with a student comparing exams in the UK with exams in her home country. Identify ways to deal with some common course work problems.
Listen to student advice on how to settle down to study in the UK.
Do a fun quiz to find out how much you remember.
UCA is affiliated with the organisation Host UK, which links international students at UK universities with friendly approved hosts who offer an invitation to their home for a day, a weekend, or at Christmas.
For more information on how the Disability & SpLD Team can help you, please see read our International Disabled Student Support Service Statement.