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Online course

Study Skills for International Students

A course looking at key skills that international students need in order to be successful at a UK university.

Study Skills for International Students

Why join the course?

This course looks at some of the key skills that international students need in order to be successful at a UK university. It is special because of the way it has been produced. Our English language and study skills teachers at INTO UEA surveyed and interviewed students who had already successfully completed a course and progressed to study at the University. We asked them about the things that they had found most challenging when they started their university programme. This course has been developed as a result of what those international students told us, as well as the experience INTO UEA colleagues have in preparing international students for university study.

Over the four weeks of the course you will hear top tips from international students already studying at university in the UK. You will also hear teachers talking about the key skills that international students need to do well. Our aim is to give you the best possible chance of success in your studies.

Each week there will be videos, articles, quizzes and discussions that will help you develop your study skills. At the end of each week there will be an exercise which will review what has been learned. There will also be the opportunity for you to discuss your ideas with other learners on the course.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsComing to study in the UK is an exciting time in your life, but it can also be a stressful and challenging time. My name's Dr. Paul Hammerton, and I'm a lecturer at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and I also act as an advisor for the Newton A-level programme at Into UEA. I'm here to introduce you to an online course on studying in the United Kingdom. The course is going to show you how to be a successful student at a British university.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 secondsThis course is very special as it has been developed and designed in partnership with international students studying here at the Into UEA centre. We researched their needs, asked them for their views, and involved them in building a course that was directly relevant to their experiences as an international student. You'll get to meet them during the course. You will discover how they feel about living and studying in the UK and get some of their top tips for making the best of your time at a British university. You'll be guided through this four week course by myself and colleagues from Into University of East Anglia.

Skip to 1 minute and 16 secondsAt the end of this four week course, you will be more confident and better prepared for study at a British university. However, this is just the first step on your journey to claiming your future.

What topics will you cover?

  • Research skills - Understanding questions
  • Research skills - Finding information
  • Research skills - Using information
  • Academic writing - Objectivity
  • Academic writing - Formality
  • Academic writing - Structure
  • Reading
  • Interpreting data
  • Presenting data
  • Listening and speaking

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

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

  • Identify expectations for UK standard academic writing and use techniques to improve.
  • Identify expectations for research in standard UK Higher Education Institutions and use techniques to improve research capabilities.
  • Identify UK expectations for listening and discussing in standard academic contexts and use techniques to improve academic conversation skills.
  • Identify expectations in UK for data presentations and access resources to help improve.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for students who do not speak English as their first language. Everyone is welcome to take part in the course. However, students who have an IELTS level of 5.0 and above will gain most from studying on this programme.

Who will you learn with?

Paul Hammerton

Lecturer in Mathematics at University of East Anglia.

Research in fluid flows -- aerodynamics and acoustics.

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Who developed the course?

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.


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