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The Forgotten Truths Of Studying Abroad

Are you considering studying abroad? Going to university in your own country can be daunting enough, but travelling somewhere completely different can seem terrifying. However, there are many benefits that can come with studying abroad and below you’ll find out everything you need to know before you make the decision.

Understanding your options

You have two main options when it comes to studying in another country. Firstly you can choose to study a full degree course which will involve staying over there for the entire course period. The alternative is to choose a British university that gives you the option to study abroad for a year. The latter gives you the chance to enjoy the best of both worlds. Continue reading

This post was submitted by Paul Gray.

Majestic College Loses Heavy Handed Debt Recovery Case

Majestic or Bison (or whatever they choose to call themselves) had a claim struck out in the Southend County Court on 27th July 2012. They sought to claim fees from a filipino student’s Aunt who had been her sponsor for her UK Visa. The court found that no contract existed between the Aunt and the claimant. It follows that a person who sponsors a potential student’s visa application is simply guaranteeing that the applicant will not be a charge on any state funding, and not offering a global guarantee to all and sundry in the UK! The claimant also failed to prove that it had given suitable notice to the defendants before starting the legal action.

This post was submitted by Trevor Murray.

international or foreign students scammed by bad colleges and universities

Hi there,

I am an international student and freelance journalist who has been a victim of a sham college in London. This college attempted to extort a 1000 pounds from me. The experience of it has inspired me to write a new article about it.

I would like to hear from any other international students who have been scammed by the colleges/universities they signed up to. It is important that this disgusting practice is brought to light.

Please contact me.

This post was submitted by Tara.

Study Group announces record A Level results

31 August 2011, Brighton – Study Group, the UK’s largest educator of international students, today announces record A Level results achieved by international students at its Bellerbys colleges.

The four colleges in London, Oxford, Brighton and Cambridge more than doubled the national average of A*’s and A’s with 60% of pupils achieving the two highest grades.

This year’s unprecedented academic success has resulted in more of Study Group’s international students attending top ten UK universities than ever before, with Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Czech students all commencing degrees at Oxford and Cambridge in September, and over half of this year’s total cohort commencing degrees at top ten UK universities (according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2011).

James Pitman, Study Group Managing Director, HE, UK and Europe, comments: “This year’s Bellerbys’ students have done exceptionally well and subsequently been rewarded with places at some of the world’s most esteemed universities.

“The UK continues to be regarded as a first class academic destination, even though our global appeal has been dampened recently by the continuous international student visa revisions and associated issues. Students from all over the world are still keen to come to the UK to gain A Levels or complete pathway courses before progressing to UK universities, and we need to make sure we remain open for business as these individuals will surely be the future of global trade and industry.”

Yi Nan from Shanghai, China, was one of this year’s outstanding students, achieving four A* grades in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics. Yi Nan, or Rex as he likes to be known, took a six-term A Level programme at Bellerbys Brighton. He is due to commence an engineering degree at Brasenose College, Oxford University.

Rex’s mathematics teacher says: “Rex is a gifted student who has excellent analytical skills and a profound interest in the subject. His problem solving skills are first rate and he shows initiative in developing ideas and extending them into the topics we have been studying. He has a mature and practical approach to his studies and good organisational skills.”

More than 200 international students took A Levels at Bellerbys this year.

About Study Group

Spanning five continents, Study Group is a global leader in international education, providing the highest quality educational opportunities for students from over 140 countries. Beginning in 1994 with 7,000 students per year, Study Group now has an enrolment base of 55,000 around the world.

Through Study Group’s leading set of partnerships with top universities, it is able to provide on and off-campus preparation courses for international students that ensure academic success and entry into some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world. The quality of its UK teaching is confirmed by independent accreditation bodies worldwide including: English UK, Ofsted, British Council and the BAC.

The biggest intake of international students into Study Group’s UK programmes is from countries with emerging economies such as China, South East Asian economies, and in particular from oil-rich nations such as Russia and the Middle East.

This post was submitted by Katie Jamieson.

FDM Group supports undergraduates with a passion for marketing

The UK’s largest IT graduate employer, FDM Group, is to recruit a selection of talented students from 12 Universities across the country to fill marketing positions.

FDM Group is renowned for offering a unique combination of technical training and real commercial experience through its two-year graduate programme, which has seen the company scoop awards such as “The Best Technical Graduate Recruiter” of 2010.

The company has kick-started the IT careers of over 3,000 IT graduates and will be recruiting a further 1,000 University leavers this year alone.

In an effort to do so, FDM is currently on the hunt for exceptional second year students, with a flair for marketing, to take on some exciting part-time positions.

Not only will this enable FDM to reach out to students interested in pursuing a career in IT, but it will also allow the company to support students who have their sights set on a career in marketing.

Successful candidates will be responsible for promoting the FDM brand on campus through direct marketing and online activities and must possess the communication skills needed to do so.

Imagination, ambition and enthusiasm are all prerequisites for this role, as brand managers will be expected to drive exposure through new ideas and work on their own initiative.

This opportunity will provide students with valuable marketing experience and help to ensure that their CV’s stand out from the crowd after graduation.

FDM Marketing Manager Nabila Salem said, “At University I worked as a student brand manager and I’m so glad I did. Although I studied marketing at the time the role pushed me to discover what marketing a brand was really about in the real world. It also helped when it came to applying for jobs after University as the role provided me with commercial experience and highlighted my enthusiasm for the industry.”

Brand managers will be rewarded with a competitive salary and benefits and should they succeed in their role, they might even receive an offer from FDM to come on board after graduation!

And as the 11th fastest growing company in Europe, with offices in London, Brighton, Manchester, New York, Zurich, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Luxemburg, the opportunities FDM can offer are certainly impressive.

To apply for this role please send a CV and covering letter to sbm@fdmgroup.com by 2nd September 2011.

Note to candidates:

Student brand managers are expected to work for 5 hours per week and must apply by 2nd September 2011.

This post was submitted by sheira gorris.

FDM Group takes part in City University Work Shadowing Scheme

The UK’s largest IT graduate employer, FDM Group, has collaborated with City University to offer students the chance to benefit from one-day work shadowing opportunities.

The programme is available to final, penultimate year and Masters students
and has been created to provide participants with a clearer picture of the industry or profession of their choice.

As the UK’s largest IT graduate employer, FDM is delighted to be taking part in this commendable scheme and is offering work-shadowing days in the departments of Project Management, Learning and Development and Java /.Net Development.

FDM’s Academy Events Manager Madeleine Field said, “The City University scheme is especially apt for us as students often don’t realise just how vital IT is to the business world and how the nature of IT roles has developed. IT Consultants are now required to work at the forefront of business, interacting with a variety of different people in a range of departments. Through this latest initiative we aim to promote the IT industry and encourage students to pursue a career in the field.”

Students who are lucky enough to benefit from the University scheme will also gain a better understanding of the career paths available to them and should be left with a more realistic picture of the job market.

This is another issue close to FDM’s heart and a key reason for its involvement in the work shadowing scheme.

FDM is committed to bridging the gap between academia and employment for graduates and is utilising this latest opportunity to alert students to the fact that IT graduate employers such as FDM can offer a route into the industry.

The company has already received fantastic feedback from participants. City University Student Omar Iqbal said, “I would like to thank FDM for allowing me to benefit from a work shadowing day in Project Management. I found the tour of the facility and the career related information the team shared to be extremely valuable. Being able to talk to members of the PMO stream gave me a great insight into how the academy functions and caters to the needs of the growing demand for skilled professionals in the industry. I will certainly be applying to the programme in the future.”

City University was also thrilled with FDM’s contribution to the scheme. The establishment’s Careers Director, Gary Argent, said, “We are delighted that FDM Group agreed to participate in City University’s inaugural work shadowing scheme in 2011. Our students really value the opportunity to get hands on experience of life in the commercial environment, and the chance to spend a day in FDM’s office will have helped them to make more informed choices about their future career aspirations. We look forward to continuing our relationship with FDM Group in the future.”

FDM hopes that this latest initiative will prove effective in encouraging students to consider a career in IT and will serve to enlighten them about the opportunities available within the industry.

For more information on the FDM Academy programme please visit the website: www.fdmacademy.com

This post was submitted by sheira gorris.

The Rising Cost of University Education in the UK

With the cost of university tuition fees potentially almost tripling in the UK, the question of “Is a university education really worth it?” becomes more and more relevant. In this infographic we take a look at some of the important (and not so important!) factors needed to answer that question.

How do you plan to cope with the raising costs of education here in the UK?

Cost of University Education in the UK

This post was submitted by Sean.

Strange Refusal from UK Embassy

I got refused visa with the objection that the gap between pre-session english course and main course is more than 1 month. my pre-session english language course was ending on 25-11-2010 and the main course starting date was 17-01-2011. college is telling me that the this much gap is because in december, vacations start for xmas and then new year. so result of pre-session will be announced after mid-january, hence main course will start on 17-jan-2011. is this a valid reason and should I apply for review using this reason ?. new tier4guidance clearly mentions that gap between courses should not be more than 2 months. Please advise me in details.


This post was submitted by Kashif.