Academic journal article Journal of International Students

International Student's Survival Guide

Academic journal article Journal of International Students

International Student's Survival Guide

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International Student's Survival Guide Davey, G. (2008). The international student's survival guide: How to get the most from studying at a UK University. London, UK: SAGE

This guide, by Gareth Davey, is aimed at both those considering studying in the UK and those already doing so, with much of the material relevant to both groups. Whilst clearly aimed at students, the publication will also be useful to members of staff who work, or are looking to work, with international students. The book will help staff develop a greater appreciation of the issues and concerns international students face whilst studying abroad, for example, cultural differences between the UK and students' home countries and the processes international students have to go through to gain entry onto UK degree programmes. This is important as staff may lack sufficient training about how to best support international students, this book provides a helpful guide to understanding key issues which affect international students.

The book is broken down into thematic chapters which are logically organized, beginning with a chapter on 'Choosing and applying for your course' and ending with 'Life after graduation'. One of the key strengths of the book is that it is immensely practical and goes into incredible detail, for example, in Chapter 2, 'Leaving home and arriving in the UK", there is a step-by-step guide to all of the procedures and processes a new student would encounter on arrival at a British airport. Similarly, there is a short section on staying safe in the UK, which gives practical tips and details of how to contact the emergency services in the event of an emergency. …

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