The UK HE sector attracts international students to a deeply established university system which has developed over centuries. The British Council promotes studying in the UK through a variety of perceived benefits including:
The study abroad student is one who aims to take their language learning to a higher level through a new lived experience, but the impact of moving from home to host culture cannot be underestimated.
The social and cultural adjustments students need to make, impact not only their ability to study, but also their overall wellbeing and personal safety. Students often report a “culture shock” highlighting problems they have to deal with which are normally considered “insignificant” matters such as landlord issues or preparing an essay, can be problematic when facing it in a foreign country.
The isolation that many international students suffer as result of coming to the UK to study can vary enormously but it is an ever-present theme.
David was studying business management at LSE (London School of Economics) University, in central London. David was diligent and conscientious and achieved good marks on his MA programme. He was expected to gain an overall distinction grade and had excellent English language skills.
He was writing a dissertation on the experiences of an international student.
His research proposal was excellent and meeting with his supervisor provided no indication of any personal problems that he was undergoing with regard to his studies, only that he was interested in finding out the student perspective of studying in the UK at university.
Prior to meeting with his supervisor for the last time David decided to return to Oman and sent his supervisor an email outlining his reasons for not attending their meeting. David had not felt able to talk through his problems with anyone in the UK. He said that he had not been able to adjust to London, and that the year in Britain had been a very difficult one for him, he had felt ashamed and did not have the courage to say anything.
David had spent most of his time in his room, 7 days a week, apart from the time spent in university, sometimes without speaking to anyone for 4/5 days. He said that he did not understand the reasons why this had happened and that he had never felt so alone in his life and that the topic for his dissertation came about because of what he was experiencing.
David passed his dissertation although did not achieve the mark he expected. He never returned to the UK.
Student Safety UK proactively look after the welfare of international students and foster the students development and well-being. We actively encourage students to engage in organised social activities in order they engage in friendship and social networks that promote a sense of identity with their peers and environment.
Students also benefit from the support, reassurance and cultural education modules we provide from their very first day in the UK, along with delivering crisis management and incident response.
Parent's wish for the best for their children, and want them to succeed and achieve in life, we understand this. They have invested time, money and emotion into their child's future, and want to protect that investment in whatever way they can.
The team at Student Safety UK are recognised as professional, friendly, supportive, experienced, dependable and skilled. We keep our promises.