Key considerations for international students wishing to study in the UK

Thinking of studying abroad?

Key considerations for international students wishing to study in the UK

Choosing to study abroad is an important decision and a serious commitment – it will involve travelling and living overseas, possibly in a different climate and in a different culture to one that you are used to. You will need to make financial arrangements to enable you to study at your chosen institution as well as live nearby.

Our research shows us that students who are well-prepared for studies abroad; i.e. who have researched their chosen academic subject, researching the area in which they will live and thinking carefully about why they wish to undertake further study – are more able to engage with their education and more likely to succeed in their chosen studies and career path. We want you to succeed and benefit from your learning and encourage you to think carefully about the choices and commitments that are needed when studying abroad.

The checklist below provides questions for you to think about before making a decision about travelling and living abroad to undertake a programme of study. Read through the questions carefully, consider the commitment that you will be making, research your chosen institution carefully and understand what will be required of you in terms of expenses, fees, travel and study timetables. There will be restrictions on any paid work that you may undertake and it is important for you to understand what these restrictions mean.

Perhaps this is the first time that you will travel away from your family and friends and you need to consider how you will keep in touch and how you will access emotional support. You may find it helpful to make notes to help you to map your plans and decisions.

We want you to make a fully informed decision and reflecting on the questions below should enable you to consider your options carefully and comprehensively before making your final choice.

(1) Why have you chosen to study in the UK?

(2) Which universities have you applied to, and why?

(3) How did you choose the universities?

(4) Have you researched studying at this University? What research did you do?

(5) Why have you chosen to study at the London campus instead of any of the other UWTSD campuses?

(6) What facilities and support are available at the UWTSD London campus to help you to study?

(7) Where is the London campus located?

(8) Have you visited the University website? 

(9) Why have you chosen to study on your programme of study?

(10) How does this programme help you to achieve your career goals?

(11) Could you study this programme in your home country? If so, why do you wish to study abroad?

(12) Where will you live whilst you are studying on your programme?

(13) Will you need to travel to your place of study when you are living ? If so, how will you travel?

(14) What are your plans after completing this programme?

(15) University programmes are normally made up of credits - how many credits does your programme have?

(16) How many modules are there in the programme? What are the modules?

(17) What are the learning outcomes of the modules? What skills will they provide you with – and how will this help your future plans?

(18) What type of assessments are used on the programme (for example, examination, coursework, such as reports, essays, presentations)?

(19) Have you worked out the total cost of your programme, including fees and any materials that you may need?

(20) How much will it cost for you to live in the UK whilst you are studying on your programme? – think about accommodation, food, clothing and any other bills that you may have?

(21) How will you pay for your studies and living costs?

(22) Will you need – or do you have - a bank loan? If so, how will you repay the loan?

(23) How much do you think your future earnings will be, once you have completed your Programme of study?

(24) Will your parents, or another member of your family sponsor you (pay your fees and costs?) if so, where will they get the money from?

(25) Is there already money in your bank account to pay for your costs? If so, where did the money come from?