International Student Myths

International Student Myths

From Shahbaz Ahmed

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Study in UK without IELTS

Overseas education is a difficult proposition in different ways. Staying away from home supports and comforts and in an unfamiliar country where you don’t know anything even properly is really a testing and challenging one. Your mind starts working suddenly remembering some hearsay or story and claim of being an international student and are being scared or petrified if those are true. But these are folklores and cannot be trusted and you should not be scared about these.

The IELTS or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an international standardized English language proficiency tests for the non-English speaking students. This examination is organized jointly by the British Council, IDP IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. There are a number of universities or colleges where you can study in UK without IELTS. These are – University of Basel, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Sheffield Hallam University, Univesity of Geneva, London Southbank University, University of Northampton, University of Plymouth, University of Greenwich, University of Geneva and many more.

Myth is that while studying abroad one is not allowed to work

But in reality you can work while studying abroad. If you are on a student visa, there are certain restrictions in the total number of working hours in a week that you are allowed to. But as such there is no prohibition on working, rather there are plenty of part time jobs available in most of the European countries and even in America and these are also available in the campus as well.

Myth is that you are nowhere but to return back if you are expelled

There are different rules in different universities. They can give admission to number of students which sometimes go beyond their capacities which result in provisional suspension or dismissal. Because of this many students think that they have to go back to their home country. But this is not true and practically this does not mean that your education can not be continued in that country. There are huge numbers of options for such students to get admission in other universities. Emergency transfer options to other colleges or universities are available for such students within a couple of weeks. 

Myth is that international students are left out of activities or exposure

 There is no such rules and restrictions for International students to participate in the campus activities or there are no precedence that they are ignored or pushed to side by the college or university authorities. In fact in US or UK colleges or universities there are wide range of after school programmes or activities, clubs or organizations where very student can participate regardless of their status or country of origin. These students are even allowed to be volunteers for greater participation in the community involvement and interactions.

Myth is that the American/European colleges not safe for international students

This allegation is not absolute false that nothing untoward incidents happen in the college or university campus. There are certain sporadic unfortunate incidents occurred in some campuses but that does not mean everything is in alarming situation. But in fact, all the campuses across the European countries and America are well organized and well protected. Many of them have arrangements for transportation services to students to take them to their places of residence so that reach home safely even at night. Moreover, in the campuses everybody is known to each other and naturally they are safe there.

Myth is that International students do not get sufficient support

Some international students have the notion that they wouldn’t be taken care of once they are given admission in the colleges and universities in many European countries or in America. Naturally they will feel alienated and their progress of studies would hamper as they are not well settled in a new country and also well-versed with English language which is their medium of their studies and there would be nobody to give them a proper support morally and physically. But practically it is the wrong impression that they have been living with. These European and American colleges or universities are properly managed by skilled staff and educational advisers and also international programme officers, who are well trained to support the overseas students and assist  them throughout their studies and educational experience.

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