5 most important things to consider when picking a university

Dr. Shaden Jaradat, international officer at the University of Manchester’s international development team, and a former international student at Bellerbys College himself, lists the top considerations for international students choosing a UK university.

Picking which university to study at is a big decision; possibly one of the biggest you will have had to make in your life so far. You will be committing yourself for at least three years and potentially plotting the early direction of your career. That is not to say that you can’t change direction, of course, but it makes sense to do what you can to get it right first time. The following questions are what I believe every international student should ask themselves before filling in that application form.

Head over to iStudent Global to read the full article.

What is a university preparation course and why do I need one?

The question above is one of the most asked questions we get from students. In this blog we hope to give our readers a clearer understanding of what exactly a university preparation course is.

Many students choose to progress into Higher Education after they complete high school. Having good job prospects is increasingly dependent on individuals having an undergraduate or even postgraduate degree.  The UK is an attractive study destination for thousands of international students every year because of the quality of Higher Education in the UK.

As the standards of university education are high, so are the entry requirements.  UK students undertake A Level examinations to access their chosen university. UK universities therefore are looking for international applicants to have the same standard of academic achievement as UK students, and English Language level.

Some international students may find that they do not meet these entry requirements, and this is where preparation programmes are needed. A preparation programme lasts for one year and teaches students to improve both their English Language level and their academic knowledge. They also have slightly lower entry requirements, measured using IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson scores, allowing more students a chance to study at a university.

Typically preparation programmes are referred to as Foundation courses – for undergraduate degree entry or Pre-Masters – for postgraduate degree entry. These preparation programmes can also be described as pathway programmes as they provide a pathway from your high school education to a university education.

At the Study Group Fair we have over 20 International Study Centres confirmed to attend; these centres are located on the campuses of famous UK, Irish, and some US, universities. The International Study Centres offer a range of preparation courses. They teach subjects including: Accounting, Business, Computer Science, Design, Drama, Economics, Engineering, Finance, Law, Management, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Politics, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and more.

International students select the preparation course subject that best suits the degree subject they want to study.  Preparation courses are taught on-campus with access to all the university facilities. At the end students take their exams and if they successfully pass them they can start their undergraduate or postgraduate degree at their chosen university.

Preparation or pathway programmes are often the quickest way into Higher Education for international students.

If you have any questions, please feel free to post them in the comments box below. For a full list of all the International Study Centres that will be at the fair, please visit the website.

The benefits of having a British degree: top 10 Reasons to study in the UK

Choosing to study in another country can be a daunting prospect, but a brave one too. Here at the Study Group University Fair, we think you should study abroad and we think the UK should be your first choice.  Here are our top 10 reasons why the UK is one of the best places in the world to receive your education.

  1. Arts and Culture: as a student in the UK, new experiences will be just around the corner. Museums and art galleries will be on your doorstep and you can make the most of the vibrant music scene.
  2. British culture has been very influential on the world. Some of our brightest stars of the last century include The Beatles, J.K. Rowling, Kate Moss, Adele, and Damien Hirst to name a few.
  3. You can choose between exciting big city life or a peaceful country town. London South Bank University will be attending the fair, so why not talk to them about exciting life in the capital? Keele University International Study Centre will be there too, so be sure to chat to chat to them about their beautiful 600 acre parkland campus in a quiet Staffordshire village.
  4. There are an abundance of universities with strong arts courses, if that’s what you’re after, and you can expect to see them at the Study Group University Fair too. We’ve recently just had the prestigious University of the Arts London confirmed.
  5. Britain has a fascinating and complex history and people from all over the world come to visit our iconic historical sites.
  6. York is an example of a beautiful, historic English town and you can see the University of York at the Study Group University Fair in October.
  7. In the UK, we’ve contributed more than our fair share to the scientific world and, as a student here, you can expect university faculty to be leaders in this field, producing some ground breaking research.
  8. Studying in the UK puts you at the heart of one of the world’s best education systems. Our universities are both innovative and dynamic providing stimulating and challenging environments in which to learn.
  9. 88% of UK graduates were in work or further study within 6 months after graduation (HESA).
  10. Britain is a diverse and multicultural nation that welcomes people from all over the world. We are sure you will enjoy interacting with many international students while immersing yourself completely in British life.

If you don’t have the grades or the IELTS for direct entry to university, then come to the Study Group University Fair to find out about our degree and English language preparation courses. You will meet with representatives who can talk you through your options and show you which pathway to university entry is right for you. You may even receive an on the spot offer.

One of Study Group’s very own students, Chee Ee Jordan Lo, talks about what he went on to do after graduating university:

Chee Ee“Today I work all over the world in the engineering & construction industry as a project manager. With the increasingly globalised nature of business, I look back on my (college) experience and consider it time and money well spent.”

The Study Group University Fair is here to help you make that decision to study in the UK. It is completely free to attend and we will have expert advisers to talk to you about what life is like living here and how to prepare for your arrival, so that taking that brave step to move to Britain is made as easy as possible for you.

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If you have any queries, please post them in the comments box below. Otherwise, please visit the website for more information.

Registration is open for the next Study Group University Fair

Saturday 12th October 2013, 12-4pm

The Study Group University Fair is the No.1 university fair for international students and will take place at the Park Plaza Hotel, London Victoria, on Saturday 12th October 2013.

The fair has proven such a huge success in the past, with more than 1,500 students and over 70 top UK universities attending the event last year.  The next fair promises to be even bigger and better, so don’t miss out – register today.

With 75 top institutions expected to attend and a host of Study Group staff to advise and direct students, the fair will be a unique and important opportunity for you to learn about studying in the UK. Universities that have already confirmed their attendance include the highly ranked University of Oxford, the University of Sussex and the University of Surrey. There will also be seminars running given by select universities and organisations, and visa advice will be available throughout the day.

Students will be able to talk to representatives from each university who are specialists in advising and recruiting international students. You will also receive counselling from Study Group Student Enrolment Advisers to find the Higher Education Programme that is right for you. If you bring the correct documentation (SELTS, academic transcripts, academic certificates, passport and visa), you may even receive an offer of a place there and then for one of the International Study Centres or Bellerbys College.

For all the latest news and information, please visit the website at www.studygroupfairs.com

Park Plaza Victoria London,
239 Vauxhall Bridge Road,
London SW1V 1EQ,
United Kingdom

The hotel is located 2 minutes walking distance from Victoria Underground and mainline rail station, an ideal area for ease of access to transportation, food, and shops. Access to the hotel is via a drive through from Vauxhall Bridge Road through to Wilton Road.