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Things to keep in mind before you choose your accommodation overseas

Going to university can be quite an anxious feat for many students across the world, for this is the first time that you will be leaving the confines of your home and taking steps into the real world. This is the first time that you, as a student, will have to make independent decisions; therefore, we’ve given you some pointers as to how you can manage yourself in this new phase of life. 1) Having solid finances This is one of the most common and primary obstacles for many students who choose to study abroad. The cost of tuition and […]

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Applying for a PhD: How do I find a good PhD supervisor? – Poppy Zhai

Based on my own experience, choosing the right supervisor is the most important step in the PhD application process, which is even more important than preparing a good research proposal sometimes. A good supervisor is not only the person who guides and inspires you on your academic work but also the one who always supports you, encourages you and trusts you when you are feeling lost and confused during the long PhD journey. So, how do I find the right PhD supervisor? You must have heard many similar stories like – having a good idea of the Doctoral research project […]

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What Should You Expect as an International Student? – Cindy Li

You have received an offer from a school you have dreamt of. You have discussed with your parents about your decision to study overseas. You have cajoled them into supporting your decision financially and emotionally. Now, what’s next? Don’t worry. It is normal to fantasize about such a unique and life-changing opportunity! You no longer have to stay in an educational system that may ruin you as a person; you are about to escape from the control of your family; you are going to make new friends and connections who will brighten up your life. All sound exciting, right? Hang […]

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Studying in the UK: A Lifetime Experience – Juliana Holanda

I have always wanted to study in the UK and I studied English with this objective for more than a decade in Brazil. I had my first experience as an international student in 2007, when I did an MA in International Journalism, at City University of London. I was awarded a scholarship by the European Union Programme AlBan, which allowed me to live and study abroad for the first time in my life. When I think about my first days in the UK, I recall that my main challenge was the language. Even though I already had a good English […]

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STEM University Interviews: A roadmap to success – Dr. Michael Lawson

The recent boom in interest in STEM is a double edged sword for those wishing to attend. Coupled to the expanded job prospects is ferocious competition for each place at a prestigious university. Good academic performance is already de rigueur, and so a key place to stand out to potential universities is the interview. Here, we will go over preparations and techniques that will allow you to stand out in an interview situation: Structure of a STEM interview Unfortunately, the structure of STEM interviews is highly dependent upon the professor giving them, with many having their own personal styles of […]

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How do I get in? The science on university admissions – Dr. Paisley Livingston

Anyone who is involved in applying for admission to a university course of study has to wonder on what basis the admissions officers make their decisions. For students and parents alike, uncertainty on this topic can be a source of great anxiety. For many, the actual admissions process is like a ‘black box’, the insides of which are mysterious. For help on this topic, students and parents can turn to admissions consultants who have acquired specialised knowledge about the admissions process. Some of this knowledge is based on contact with admissions officers who make the decisions. Another source is scientific […]

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School Types – A comprehensive overview – Dr. Michael Lawson

The English school system can look notoriously opaque to many, as a result of the long history of many of the schools themselves, as well as a history of constant reform by various governments. Due to these two factors, there are a myriad of different types of school existing, which can lead to well-meaning parents getting confused when trying to select which schools they are targeting for their children. Furthermore, the labels themselves are sometimes misleading, with a great number of overseas applicants not knowing why public schools in the UK don’t refer to government run schools. Here, we try […]

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Boarding at Downe House: experiencing the variety of beauty – Dr. Serenity Nashuyuan

At about this time last year, I went to the fifth year reunion event of Downe House School, where I spent two years of my Sixth Form. Everyone’s appearance didn’t seem to change much, but the girls all had a feeling of developing their unique beauty. Many people have asked me what the experience in a girls’ boarding school is like in the UK. My answer is not complicated: it makes you more “beautiful”. In 2014, having passed a series of entrance exams and interviews, I transferred from my old school in Manchester to Downe House. I finally could wear […]

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