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Managing Your Wellbeing When Studying in the UK

Get support and guidance to help you manage stress, tackle negative thoughts, and adjust to UK culture when studying abroad.

1,755 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
  • 100% online

    How it works
  • Digital upgrade

    Free

Thrive in your study abroad experience

The UK is known for its world-leading universities, which are highly regarded by employers all around the world. But despite the huge benefits of the UK education, international students can face challenges along the way.

This three-week course from the British Council and Newcastle University provides tailored support and guidance for international students. From understanding British culture to accessing relevant support, you’ll get the information you need to thrive in the UK.

Understand the UK culture and education system

Moving to a new country to study can be daunting, but knowing a bit about British culture will make integrating easy.

In Week 1 of the course, you’ll be given an introduction to the UK culture and education system. You’ll hear from current international students, who’ll tell you a bit about their experience of moving to the UK.

Get tips to help you manage your mental health and wellbeing

The focus of this course is on equipping international students with practical strategies for monitoring and managing their mental health and wellbeing. Guided by mental health experts at Newcastle University, you’ll develop techniques for maintaining study-life balance, building self-esteem, and combating negative thinking.

You’ll join a support network of current and past international students, who’ll share personal experiences and specialised advice.

Learn where international students can go for help and support

In the last week of the course, you’ll discover where and how you can access the support you need as an international student. You’ll also create a wellbeing plan to help you cope during periods when you feel anxious or under pressure.

By the end of the course, you’ll be confident and ready to get stuck into studying abroad.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Wellbeing, culture shock and adapting to the UK

    • Introduction

      An introduction to the course, the course team, a handy glossary, and some key definitions

    • Culture shock

      Here we discuss culture shock - what it is, how it can feel, and what can help.

    • Culture and mental health

      Here we outline some of the cultural differences in how we understand and talk about mental health

    • The UK higher education system

      Learn about the main features of the UK higher education system that international students notice is different to studying in their home country

    • Test your understanding

      Test what you have learned so far

  • Week 2

    Developing healthy lifestyle habits

    • Measuring your wellbeing

      Here we introduce a tool to help you measure your own wellbeing. You can use this throughout the course - and beyond - to identify areas you want to focus on to improve your wellbeing

    • Key ingredients for good wellbeing

      Here we talk about the ingredients for a healthy life with high levels of positive wellbeing

    • Finding the right balance

      Here we talk about finding a good study/life balance that allows you to prioritise what is important to you

    • Summary

      Summary of week two of the course

  • Week 3

    Finding support

    • Emotions and thinking patterns

      Here you will learn about emotions and why we have them, as well as how the way that we think can affect how we feel.

    • Accessing support and help

      Here you will learn about the common signs to look out for that you might need more help and where to access support for your mental health and wellbeing while studying in the UK.

    • Creating a wellbeing plan

      This activity will bring all of your learning together and help you create your own wellbeing plan to use in your daily life.

    • Summary

      Summary of week 3 of the course

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • describe what mental health and wellbeing are
  • describe the main emotional and wellbeing challenges associated with moving abroad
  • apply your knowledge of healthy lifestyle management to your own life
  • apply knowledge of your own personal values to making decisions about what to prioritise to maximise your wellbeing
  • apply your knowledge of the balance of routine, necessary and pleasurable activities to help you get a good study/life balance
  • demonstrate the ability to manage negative self-critical thoughts and grow positive thoughts
  • describe where you can get more help if you need it at your university

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for international students studying at higher education institutions in the UK, particularly those doing so for the first time.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million people overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

Newcastle University

A thriving international community of over 20,000 students. The university’s mission as a world-class civic university means it applies its academic excellence to real-world challenges.

GREAT Campaign

The GREAT campaign showcases all four corners of our nation to inspire the world and encourage people to visit, do business, invest and study in the UK.

What's included?

British Council are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
  • Learning on FutureLearn

    Your learning, your rules

    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

    Join a global classroom

    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
    • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
    • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

    Map your progress

    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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