Study Abroad Explained
Shane Global Language Centres have welcomed students from all over the world since 1992. We have the knowledge and skills to assist you in your study abroad journey and we can help create an experience you will never forget.
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5 Reasons to Study English in the UK
There are hundreds of reasons to go abroad. But what you need to do is think about why it’s right for you. Some people want to expand their horizons and see new things. Others want to challenge themselves academically or meet people from different parts of the world. Whatever the reason is you want to study abroad, we’ll support you and help you achieve those goals.
Studying abroad makes you a global citizen
You will develop a greater appreciation for different cultures, people and places. You’ll have access to a diverse and dynamic lifestyle that few are privileged enough to experience. You’ll develop the skills needed for effective communication, critical thinking, crisis management, and understanding. By going abroad, you’ll hone in on your cooperative skills and take away a great sense of global civic responsibility.
Studying abroad improves your professional skills
In today’s globalised society, distances are getting smaller. The international skills you develop can be directly transferable to your career or daily life. Multi-national corporations look for talented people with experience abroad and the ability to speak English.
Studying abroad develops your personal attributes
There is nothing like studying abroad to put yourself outside of your comfort zone. When abroad, you’ll put your capabilities to the test, and in doing so, you’ll take away a greater sense of independence and personal awareness. You’ll have a stronger sense of your abilities, a greater understanding of the English language, and a solid confidence that will follow you wherever you go.
Studying abroad is fun
Not only can study abroad be a life-affirming experience, but it can also be some of the most fun you can have. Seeing new and exciting places, meeting interesting and like-minded people, trying new foods, learning new things everyday – this is what it means to go abroad.
Studying abroad changes your outlook
It’s true what they say, that studying abroad can have a profound, positive effect on your outlook in life. When you visit foreign countries, you return a different person and see the world in a new light. As T.S. Eliot wrote:
“We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
Useful to Know
What if I am ill or need to go to hospital during my stay?
Emergency and accident treatment is free in the UK for everyone for the first 48 hours of treatment. If you are ill and need to see a doctor, you will normally see your host family’s doctor. This is free for EU members (you will need an E128 form – you will need to get this in your own country).
Non-EU members will have to pay for a visit to the doctor. If you are a non-EU student and here for more than 6 months you may be able to see a doctor for free. We can help you with this when you arrive.
Should I arrange insurance?
Medical care is free in the UK (except for the cost of prescriptions) for EU nationals. But you can’t go to the dentist or optician for free so you should have insurance.
Non-EU nationals will have to pay for the doctor and dentist, so you must have insurance. You may have to pay for your treatment at the clinic/hospital and claim back this cost from your medical insurance.
Can I use my credit cards in Britain?
Yes. Shops, restaurants, hotels, museums, cinemas, etc. accept most major credit cards. Shane Global Language Centre Hastings accepts all major credit cards except American Express. Please note there is a 3% surcharge on credit card payments at the school.
Can I open a bank account in Britain?
You can open a bank account if you are a long-term student (studying for 6 months or more). You will need to take a school enrolment letter, your passport and something that proves your address in the UK. We can help you with this.
Should I bring some cash with me?
It is not a good idea to bring too much cash with you. Traveller’s cheques are safer and can be exchanged easily and you can also use your credit card for most things.
Some nationalities may need to register with the Police on arrival in the UK. Please see Reception staff if you need help.
Welcome to England!
England is a wonderful country but many things will differ from yours. Here is some information about England:
• England has a temperate climate.
• We do get sunny weather in the summer, but generally the temperature will not be higher than 25°c (on a good day!)
• It can be wet and windy, so bring appropriate clothing, and an umbrella.
• We sometimes get snow in the winter which can be very exciting for students from tropical climates.
• Smoking is prohibited by law in many public places such as restaurants, cafes, bars, cinemas etc. If you smoke in these places you will have to pay a fine.
• Smoking is prohibited by law in many public places such as restaurants, cafés, bars, cinemas, etc. If you smoke in these places you will have to pay a fine.
• Many people in Britain do not smoke. If they do, it is unusual for people to smoke inside their own house.
• Most of our families do not smoke but they are happy for students to smoke outside, in their garden, for example.
• British people love pets! If you go to a park it is likely that you will see many people walking their dogs. Dogs are generally well-behaved so there is no need to be afraid.
• The British are well known for their love of queues! It is considered very rude to jump a queue. If there is a queue for something, please wait your turn.
• The British have a great sense of humour. Join school staff for the weekly Social Programme for a chance to practise your English in a real and fun environment!
Living with a British Family
• England is a multicultural country with many people of different ethnic backgrounds.
• Many of our host families practise different religions. They will often eat different food to what some students may expect English people to eat. This is normal in England.
• In England, and at Shane Global, we do not tolerate racial discrimination of any kind.
• British families love to have family pets such as a dog or cat living in the house. Animals are treated as part of the family and are friendly. There is no need to be afraid of dogs in England. However, if you are not happy living with animals, please tell us when you apply for your course and we will try to accommodate you in a family without pets.
• Most British women go to work during the week like men. They do not spend the day cooking and cleaning the house. As a result, food may be brought pre-prepared from supermarkets.
• British people tend to eat earlier in the evenings than some countries – usually at about 6:00 -7:00pm. If you will not be at home for dinner with your host family, please be courteous and arrange in advance for them to leave food for you for later. Tell them if you will not need food at all.
• Towns and cities are very old and so our houses may appear very small compared to houses in your home country.
• British people do not generally have maids or cleaners. Housework is done by the family, both women, men and children help out too.
• Because the houses in Britain are generally small, they usually only have one bathroom and this often contains the toilet.
• Most of the rooms in the house will be carpeted and this may include the bathroom.
How to Take Full Advantage of Your Time in the UK
When it comes time to study abroad, you want to make sure you get your money’s worth. Whether it’s choosing the right classes or making a packing list, there is a lot to consider if you want to make your time memorable. Here are a few helpful tips to help you get on your way.
Think about why you want to study in the UK
Think about what your goals are and try to be as realistic as possible. Do you want to practise the language? Studying in the UK for a few months will help you tremendously with your language skills, but it is estimated that it takes at least seven years of committed study to developing ‘native’ level fluency. Maybe you want to learn about the local culture and visit famous sites. Or perhaps you want to make friends with people from around the world. Think about your goals and write them down.
The best place to write them down would be in a journal
Keeping a journal of your experiences are an excellent way to record the day-to-day emotions, experiences and thrills of living in the UK. Years later, the journal will become one of your most prized souvenirs from your trip abroad.
Do some research before going
Think about your goals and find a program that’s right for you. For example, if you want to learn about country life in the UK, a program in Hastings will be more rewarding than a program in London. The more you can read about a place, the more confident you can be in your choice. Equally, think about the classes you want to take. Are you at a low, high or intermediate level? Be sure to balance those lessons with your everyday life in the UK.
When abroad, try to interact with locals as much as you can
Put yourself outside of your comfort zone to make international friends, try new cuisine, and study the language. If you wanted a familiar life, you wouldn’t be looking to go abroad in the first place.
Lastly, go abroad with an open mind
You’re being given a special opportunity to try new and exciting things. Some things might seem strange or scary at first. Don’t be afraid to try a new experience. When abroad, remember this quote that is routinely attributed to Mark Twain:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Disorientation is Normal!
Culture shock happens to many people
It’s a feeling of anxiety or disorientation when you’re surrounded by a new environment. If you are feeling culture shock, don’t worry – it’s normal! The most important thing to remember is that it shall pass.
It can be overwhelming to some when first arriving in a country
It is common to treat a new country with anger or mood swings. This is known as ‘transition shock’. If you’re experiencing this, try to remember a few things. First, study abroad is only temporary and soon you will be back home. Try to enjoy the different lifestyle while you can. Second, make a list of all the things you enjoy about your new location. Use this list to focus on the positive.
Transition shock is not the only type of culture shock people experience when going abroad
Sometimes culture shock is more sophisticated and develops in stages. Commonly, culture shock has four distinct stages: honeymoon, anxiety, adjustment, and acceptance.
The honeymoon stage is a positive whirlwind of excitement. You’ll enjoy trying new foods all the time, meeting new people, and remain in a romantic state of fascination with the culture. But, like all honeymoons, they do not last.
The next stage is full of anxiety. It is easy to become depressed, anxious, nervous, withdrawn, or hostile toward the local environment. It is a normal stage, but the good news is that this stage passes very quickly.
When moving onto the adjustment stage, you start to develop routines and habits in the new culture. New things are not bombarding you at an accelerated rate and you can anticipate a lot more. Soon, the anxiety starts to melt away.
Finally, in the acceptance phase, you are at complete comfort with your bi-cultural lifestyle. There is no more anxiety and you feel totally at ease with your surroundings.
Culture shock is common and it always becomes easier with time
The more you travel, the more you learn to manage it. Before long, you’ll find yourself in the acceptance phase and will be at ease in your home away from home.
Program directors know all about culture shock and are skilled at noticing the signs. They provide excellent advice and will always be there to assist you in your time abroad. They want you to feel comfortable and have fun during your studies and will be happy to help in any way.