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by roxy.rosenberg@primepixels.media Posted 13 July, 2020

Studying for a postgraduate degree is a feat in itself, doing it whilst abroad can make it even more daunting.


 One of the most crucial aspects of full time or even part-time study is funding. This starts with paying for basic tuition and includes other expenses like books (physical textbooks or eBooks). Another aspect which must be taken consideration is basic living expenses. It’s crucial to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into from a financial point of view at the outset.


If you’re lucky enough to get postgraduate funding in the form of a scholarship or grant or lucky enough to have saved up or are already earning an income, then all of these existing income streams will help make the load lighter. If you don’t already have funding, you can look for it in unexpected places like crowdfunding platforms or various charities and societies that provide financial aid for students. Here’s a great resource to help you find financial assistance.


Once your income is known, it’s time to add up expenses. You’ll need to allocate funds for accommodation, transport, groceries and toiletries, medical expenses, and insurance. Don’t forget things like bank charges and fees, already existing debt (student loans), membership or club fees, electronics like mobile phones and their contract fees, clothes, etc.


Blogs like this have already worked out the average cost of attending university in the UK. 


Now that you have an idea of expenses, you’ll need to deduct these from your income and hopefully, there will be enough left over to spend on entertainment. Life shouldn’t be all about work and study, you need some downtime too. Having said that it’s still important to try trim costs as much as possible and try to save!

 The difficult part is sticking to your budget and being disciplined. There are plenty of online budget tools that can help you. Apps like Wally track spending so that you know exactly how much money you’ve spent and also gives you a clear view of your finances in real-time.


While researching this blog, we came across a really cool tool called the Student Money Manual which is a guide that helps you manage your money whilst at university.


Right Shift is here to help you get started on your journey and support you the entire way.


by Posted 24 June, 2020

International students living in India who speak English as a second language and are looking to study in the UK, need to meet specific requirements. 

All non-native English-speaking students need to legally prove, by law, that they have a B2-level appropriate score. However, some universities may demand a score that is higher than the minimum score set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKIV). Universities will request that you legally show that you have sufficient knowledge of the English Language, to be able to understand and complete the course successfully. All degree programmes in the UK are taught in English. Therefore, you will need to demonstrate your level of understanding and fluency, both in writing and speaking, of the English language. This will ensure that you can complete your programme of study, while also benefitting fully from the experience.

Here are a few of the commonly accepted tests: 

  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System www.ielts.org 

  • TOEFL: Test Of English As A Foreign Language www.ets.org 

  • CPE: Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English www.cambridgeenglish.org 

  • UCLES: University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate

 

It is important to check the guidelines and requirements of the university in terms of their minimum scores in any of these mentioned above, or other tests. We encourage a visit to UKVI for any additional information on the subject. 

 Due to the current COVID19 pandemic, it is worth noting that universities are expanding how graduates can meet the requirements. Some have relaxed the standard English requirement by 0,5 IELTS for undergraduate degrees and postgraduate Masters, to provide greater flexibility for all applicants. No reduction, however, will be made below the permitted UKIV minimum levels. 

It may seem daunting, but thousands of students who speak English as a second language successfully graduate with a degree every year.

by Posted 24 June, 2020

It’s not unusual for students who are interested in studying in the UK to feel overwhelmed and confused. There may be many ideas and opinions from different sources contributing to this. They may start to overthink certain details and then draw conclusions that lead to an uninformed judgment.

Questions that may concern new students are

Is the place I have chosen going to be okay? Will the university life suit me? Will I be able to navigate my way through the new places.

There may be many contributing factors that can cause doubt and leave students wondering if they should give their dream of pursuing a qualification by studying in the UK up.

Here are five common fears and how you can get around them:

  1. “Studying abroad is too expensive.” This is a fear that many students have that prevents them from pursuing their dream. It is an undeniable fact that studying abroad is going to be more costly in comparison to studying in your home country. However, the experiences you will gain while studying abroad outweigh the extra costs. Even after finishing the degree, you will continue to benefit from the diversity of experiences and the network you will have gained.

  2. “Studying abroad is dangerous” Everyone rightfully fears for their safety when thinking about new places to relocate to. Particularly parents to young adults. And that usually affects the students’ perception.  Any place can seem dangerous at first. That is why it’s important to empower yourself with knowledge.  It’s better to choose universities that offer clear guidance and secure protocols for international students. We also advise choosing a peer group that will help international students feel secure enough to enjoy their student days while having fun at the university. It’s better to be prepared and think about the steps to take in order to feel secure about their plans.

  3. “Making friends while studying abroad will be too difficult” Making friends has its challenges, even if you are good at it. This is especially true when you are in a new country. Most universities have separate programmes and events to connect with international students. There are also groups that are formed to help students to get to know those with similar concerns. Before you know it, you will be making plans for the weekend with friends you will have for life.

  4. Being homesick Everyone misses home when they’re away. This is something that everyone has to deal with when they are about to embark on their educational journey. The feelings can be daunting and you may start to worry that you might miss out on making more memories with your friends and family in your home town. Technology allows us to share special moments with loved ones, even from a distance. You can make video calls or have a Zoom gathering. With love in your hearts for the people, you care about you will always stay connected.

  5. “Will I be satisfied with the career I have chosen?” If you make the best of your circumstances and maximize every opportunity that presents itself, you will surely grow and be successful. Make good life decisions and expose yourself to as many experiences as you can. Remember to utilize your guidance counselor at the university. And hold yourself accountable and driven in your journey to success.

 

by Posted 24 June, 2020

International students living in India who speak English as a second language and are looking to study in the UK, need to meet specific requirements. 

All non-native English-speaking students need to legally prove, by law, that they have a B2-level appropriate score. However, some universities may demand a score that is higher than the minimum score set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKIV). Universities will request that you legally show that you have sufficient knowledge of the English Language, to be able to understand and complete the course successfully. All degree programmes in the UK are taught in English. Therefore, you will need to demonstrate your level of understanding and fluency, both in writing and speaking, of the English language. This will ensure that you can complete your programme of study, while also benefitting fully from the experience.

Here are a few of the commonly accepted tests: 

      • IELTS: International English Language Testing System www.ielts.org 
      • TOEFL: Test Of English As A Foreign Language www.ets.org 
      • UCLES: University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate

 

It is important to check the guidelines and requirements of the university in terms of their minimum scores in any of these mentioned above, or other tests. We encourage a visit to UKVI for any additional information on the subject. 

 Due to the current COVID19 pandemic, it is worth noting that universities are expanding how graduates can meet the requirements. Some have relaxed the standard English requirement by 0,5 IELTS for undergraduate degrees and postgraduate Masters, to provide greater flexibility for all applicants. No reduction, however, will be made below the permitted UKIV minimum levels. 

It may seem daunting, but thousands of students who speak English as a second language successfully graduate with a degree every year.

by Posted 24 June, 2020

Post-graduate courses are an essential key to deciding a career path. As exciting as this may be, there will be continuous challenges. These may include the pressure to succeed in the chosen course with a good ranking and high score. Perhaps you are lacking the motivation to stick to your goals. Sometimes being in a new country away from home has one feeling a little overwhelmed. Or it could be social and or peer pressure, along with the day to day stress that affects the mental well-being.

Whatever the challenge, what will help alleviate the stress and maintain your mental and physical wellbeing?

  •  Maintain a positive perspective. 

This means approaching your problems with a solution in mind, rather than focusing on the worst thing that could happen. Change your perspective to focus on what you can fix rather than that which is out of your control. Don’t compare your situation to your peers or fellow students. Of course, this is easier said than done, but you can train your brain to practice positive thinking. If you do this, you will be better able to handle everyday stress in a more constructive way. 

  •  Get physical.

 Engaging in some kind of recreational activity can be a great distraction. It contributes to peace of mind, allowing you to continue on successfully. What is your recreational choice? Perhaps it’s a walk in the park? Why not join the gym, or hire a bicycle for an hour? Taking yourself out of a situation can aid in giving perspective to a situation. 

  •  Talk to someone. 

Everyone feels pressure from time to time. Rest assured you are not alone. Many of your fellow students have experienced homesickness or difficult situations like you find yourself in. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, each one has their own coping mechanism. Why not share your concerns with a fellow student or friend? Perhaps there is a group within the university walls that can offer guidance and support to you as a foreign student.  

 Being able to overcome our challenges is possible. It starts with positive thinking, taking a break from the pace and finding the right support.