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What do you need to think about?

You saw Rassina and Ahmad talk about some things to think about if you want to go to university. There is more information to read below about some of things things they talked about.

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Immigration status: you need to know how your immigration status impacts on going to university and funding. For more information about this, go to this link.

Finance: going to university can be very expensive (for anybody). For students in the UK, fees are usually around £11,000 a year. Some universities offer scholarships for refugees. These organisations explain more about the type of help available: article26 and STAR network.

English language: for most university courses in the UK, you will need to take an exam to prove your English language skills. We’ll learn more about this in Week 2.

Previous studies: If you have studied in your own country, this might help you go to university in the UK. Go to NARIC to find out how to get your previous qualifications recognised.

Cultural: Studying in the UK is likely to be very different to studying in your home country and it’s important to understand this. In Week 3 we’ll talk more about UK university culture and expectations.

Practical: Think about where you will live, how you will buy books, support yourself, travel to university etc.

Task: Think about your own situation. What do you think will be the biggest issue for you? Share your ideas with others, and find people who have similar issues. How can you support each other?

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Aim Higher: Access to Higher Education for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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