A group of international students talking with an advisor

Settling in to university life

Settling down to study

Having a positive attitude is important - you know it's not going to be the same as at home; but you know that it's going to be better in a short time. - Lupita

Moving to a new country to study is a significant and exciting life change. You probably already know what you are expecting and hoping for, but you may also have some questions and uncertainty. Advice from friends who have already experienced living and studying abroad can help you settle down to your new life in the UK.

In this activity you will listen to some international students already living in the UK, give advice and share what they think you need to know in order to settle down to study.

ActivityListening to advice from other students

It is always useful to listen to advice from people who have already done what you are planning to do. In this activity you are going to listen to four international students offering you some advice based on their own experiences of living and studying in the UK.

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Watch the video extract and look at these five summaries of the students' advice and comments. Move each one next to the image of the student who says it. When you have finished, read the feedback to check your answers.

First speaker
Second speaker
Third speaker
Fourth speaker
It may not be easy and you might not always find what you expect, but you'll grow a lot from the experience. You'll need to be able to handle the challenge.
It's important to make an effort, join activities, and speak with people. You should get involved and not be shy.
Passing entry tests and getting a good exam result don't mean the language will be easy for you, especially the written work on your course.
Prepare yourself in advance by reading in your subject area and practise writing. And be open to making new friends.
You'll discover more about yourself from the great experience of being in a new country.

Video transcript (pdf, 11kb).

Watch the video extract again with the transcript below if you need to check your understanding. The parts of the transcript containing the answers to the listening task are highlighted.

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