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Studying in the UK

Open World UK Partnership is a company which has been in operation since 2002 and is situated in Hampshire in the South of England within easy access of London. Run by qualified educational and English language specialists with more than 25 years experience in education in the UK and worldwide, Open World UK offers a complete academic, English language and pastoral support service to International students wishing to pursue their studies at tertiary or secondary level in Britain, specialising particularly in prestigious private colleges in London and the south-east of England. For students who wish to complete their secondary education in a private college in the UK our service includes:
1. Application/Selection procedure
• Provision of information and advice in selecting appropriate colleges and programmes of study
• Liaison with colleges to arrange visits and interviews
• Accompanying on visits and interviews
• Preparation for interviews
• Assistance with application procedures including completion of forms and translation of certificates
• Advice regarding academic and English language entrance requirements
• Individual oral and written assessment of English language level and academic study skills
• Advice about English langauge examinations and how to improve grades e.g. TOEFL, IELTS
• Recommendations for further study to maximise performance in preparation for their programme in the UK
2. Student Support during his/her stay
• Individual pastoral support during the student's stay in the UK
• English language support
• Liaison with college regarding progress of student
• Counselling and assistance in relation to further study or career pathways (e.g university courses)
What can we do for you?  

- advice and information about choosing the course which is right for you
- ensuring your application is completed to maximise acceptance
- editing and correcting of the application by a native speaker
- monitoring of the application during consideration by the University
- liaison with the University if any problems arise
- if an offer of acceptance is given - advice regarding visas, accommodation, travel and living in the UK

Our service is free for non-EU applicants

Choosing a Course That's Right for You  

Working with international students in the UK and overseas, it has always been interesting to see how they have made this journey from different parts of the world and ended up in one particular school or university in Britain. The courage, determination and sometimes tenacity in achieving their goal which, it has to be said, is not easy to achieve, by any means deserve some respect. The journey can be hard, demoralising and extremely expensive. People of all ages leave their jobs, their families and friends to start a new life in a foreign country, often without any clear picture of where this is leading them. It has often surprising how little research has gone into making this enormously important decision. Some students have in fact just made the decision in a few weeks on the basis of extremely limited information, committing their time, energy and resources for at least a year (and often more) without having really thought about the possibilities, the consequences of their choice and the suitability of a course, institution or location for their personal and professional needs and goals. It is essential that people take the time to carefully consider all the options before they make that important decision.

If you are thinking of making this journey you may find it useful to read through the following steps before making your decision.

The Course  
Your Goals

There is a huge variety of courses you can choose from, different subjects and combinations of subjects, different levels, different modes of study, part-time, full-time, distance, on-line. Some courses are more traditional, academic, others are more vocational i.e. geared towards specific jobs. Some courses are purely academic while others include work placements which can be useful for the international student in terms of making work contacts.

If you have a specific career path in mind how do you think this qualification will help you. Are you hoping that it will lead to a better job in your country or are you more interested in developing your career in another country. Do you want to change career? In this case make sure this particular course is relevant. Will this really enable you to get the kind of work you want in the place that you want to be? Get advice if you can. Talk to employers about their view of this particular qualification. Have they heard of it? Do they know the university? All of this can be done before you even think about booking your ticket.


This unique university personality is greatly affected by its socio-cultural/geographical location. Think about whether you prefer an urban or more rural location, whether you prefer to be in the south or the North or England. Don't forget there are many good universities in Wales and Scotland which have a slightly different character and cultural context.

Can I work while I study?

If you have a student visa (for more than 6 mongth of length) you are entitled to work for up to 20 hours a week. It is extremely difficult for the student to get work which is above the minimum wage (5.60 GBP for workers aged 18-20 inclusive, 7.05 GBP for workers aged 21-24 and 7.50 GBP for those whose age is 25 and over) despite all your previous experience and working history. You are considered as a student in the UK and do not expect to get highly payed job which you probably deserve.

How can I get help?

There are many agents, mostly located in your own country, that are offering services which promise help in getting you to the right place for you. Unfortunately a lot of these do not have the in-country experience or knowledge of UK academic life to really help you make the right choice.

Open World UK has the expertise and the experience to give information and advice about a course for study which will suit you as an individual. We can help you make a wise decision which suits your particular needs and aspirations. We will also make you aware of the pitfalls. There is no guarantee that a UK qualification will open up the future you desire, but we can make sure you optimise your potential and that you get the most from your investment.

It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure you are as well informed as possible before you decide.

Before you consider the different options open to you try to focus on what you want achieve. What do you want to get out of this learning/study experience ? Think about your goals in terms of study, work, life, family and personal needs. This decision will affect all of these areas. Your goals will quite possible change but try to make sure you are clear about why you are doing this and if it will really help you achieve your objectives. Make sure the course you choose fits in with your personal and professional goals.

The Institution

British universities vary considerably in terms of what they can offer International students. Each university has its own unique personality which is often very difficult to gauge from looking at a brochure. Consider the location and type of university, historical development, orientation in terms of work or academic specialisations. Some universities are campus based while others are located indifferent buildings within a city. This affects considerably the nature of university life. Campus universities tend to be more intense, you are immersed in academic life, you live, eat, sleep within the university. This has many advantages because of easy access to all facilities such as library, sport, launderette and cafeterias., surrounded by other students. Non-campus universities give you perhaps a more realistic experience in terms of living in the community (although you still may be in university accommodation) , travelling to lectures and back and so on.

Help with English Language

Most universities require at least IELTS 6.0 to do both an under-graduate degree (BSc or BA) or a post-graduate degree, Masters (MSc, MA ). However, this depends on the nature of the course. Under-graduate degrees in Law and MBA's often require 6.5 or even 7.0. Other examinations such as TOEFL and Cambridge Advanced English are also often accepted as proof of your English Language level, depending on which university or department you are applying to. When you apply for a course you may be given a "conditional" offer - this means that you can do the course if you meet the English language requirement (e.g. obtain an IELTS 6.0). If you do not meet this requirement you may be advised to undertake a course in English (pre-sessional) or to take a foundation year (IELTS 5.5) which is an introductory year which prepares you for your degree.

You can start improving your English now by reviewing your grammar, reading regularly and practising writing. If you are not sure what the IELTS examination entails have a look at the website. You will probably need to improve your English before you start studying in the UK, so you also have to think about where you want to study. Again the choice is immense, ranging from private language schools to Language Centres attached to universities. The British government is clamping down on bogus schools, but still you need to be wary of schools that are extremely cheap. Even schools which are accredited will vary considerably in terms of their flavour, some target younger students and are of a more touristy nature, while others offer more academically linked programmes of study with a strong IELTS focus. Again your choice of location will affect price and where you are going to study later.

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