We are here to take the stress away from furnishing your student accommodation with our luxury student essential packs, the most easy and convenient way to furnish your university accommodation and make the move to uni as smooth as possible, no matter where you are moving from in the world!
However, we know there is an endless list of to-do’s to organise prior to your move to University, especially if you’re travelling overseas.
If you’re looking for more information on where to get language support at UK universities, watch this short video below or keep reading for further information.
Moving to a UK university as an international student can be pretty daunting to say the least! There are so many different things to consider for your move, and with studies showing that the majority of overseas students are undergraduates..this article could well apply to you.
Of course, there are the key elements to consider when moving from abroad to a UK university, such as setting up a UK bank account, insurance policies, a visa and the tiring logistics of how to get all of your new accommodation furnishings to your new University halls (this is where our Student Packs come in very handy!)
BUT…what about language support? This is one of the most crucial learnings of an international student’s move to the UK however something that most undergraduates seem to be clueless about seeking help for.
We’re here to give you the basic knowledge of where and how to seek help on language support while studying at a UK university!
1) Check your Universities website
The first step you need to do is directly check your University’s website for a Language Centre. More often than not, they will have a Language Centre available to guide you on the direct help and assistance available for language support. Your University may offer pre-sessional courses, 1-1 help throughout your time at University, or regular drop-in sessions to help with language support. If you are unable to find this on your University’s website, always try contacting them directly by phone or email and asking if this is a service they provide.
2) Find a translate App that suits you
You may find seeking language support online, or from a virtual app much more appealing than going directly to your University.
We recommend the app ‘Duolingo’, an app which not only translates but also helps you learn a new language through gamified and interactive ways to make it fun. You can unlock new levels and increase your score while learning new words, phrases, and grammar of ANY language.
According to the website, “A study has shown that 34 hours of Duolingo are equal to 1 university semester of language courses.”
3) Good old Google Translate
Don’t be afraid to seek help from even the most obvious of platforms. Google Translate is a great and easy-to-use online translator which is great for translating any online (or offline) text quickly and sufficiently. This is extremely helpful with email conversations as well as translating websites. You can even have the Google Translate app downloaded directly to your phone or android for a quick and convenient translator that fits right in your pocket!
4) Find students looking for the same support
Social media is a great way to meet your fellow hall/course mates prior to your arrival at University. Find your University’s social media platforms (Facebook is usually the best place to start!) and consider creating a post for other international students in the same position as you. This is a great way to create those friendly relationships before your move to the UK as well as find a buddy to learn alongside.
5) LearnEnglish Subscription
LearnEnglish, run by the British Council, is a subscription which gives unlimited access to high-quality online course materials for £5.99 a month. This varies from live online classes, self-study online courses, personal tutoring and other free resources. Being a student is all about budgeting correctly, but for this small monthly subscription, it’s definitely worth swapping out your monthly McDonalds order!
And there you have it! We hope you find this article helpful and keep posted on our blog and social media platforms for many more Student tips and tricks on your move to University.
Don’t forget we are able to ship our Student Packs directly to your University Halls for your day of arrival, meaning less stress and no need to worry about the extra luggage/shipping costs of getting your student essentials into the UK!