There has not been much good news for international students recently. Everything from the implementation of stricter visa requirements, to the recent...
Over the last six months there have been several incidents that from the outside could suggest international students are no longer welcome in the UK.
At the British Council, we have provided international opportunities for people in the UK for over 75 years - through education, the English language and the arts - and we passionately believe that the ability to work effectively with people from different cultures is critical in the 21st century.
Boots. check. Gloves. Check. Scarf. Check. Winter days have arrived. The temperatures have dropped, the Christmas decorations are up and the festive spirit is in the air.
The landscape of the UK higher education system has gone through a huge process of change over the past year and the effects this change will bring are still largely unknown. One group of students who face increasing uncertainty over their position in the system are foreign students.
This article can in no way be generalised. I am from a society which has adopted, or is quickly adopting, many western values (to our detriment or not) so it has not hit me as hard except for the freedom of expression which I love and embrace. However, many students from other communities may find what is seen as British culture rather daunting!
Can international students stand unfriendly Londoners or the constant British rain? Do they embrace the multicultural, fast paced life of London or quickly crave home?