Sheffield Gurdwara: The place to feel at home

Aiming to provide a place where people can feel at home, the only Sikh Temple in Sheffield was officially opened on the 28th of May 2012.

Located just 3 miles from the city centre, the Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Gurdwara has a large hall which can fit more than 300 people, a canteen, library and multiple prayer rooms.

The Gurdwara (meaning the House of God) is both a spiritual place of worship and a cultural learning centre for the young. Many university students come here regularly to perform prayers, worship and learn about religion.

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Discovering the beauty of Peak District

There are approximately 100 international students took part in an 8 mile walk and hike to the edge of Peak District recently.

The walk was from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), to Endcliffe Park then to Forge Dam and back to the Sheffield City Centre.

Walking path of Peak District Walk.

Greg Steel, a graduate from Sheffield Hallam University and an experienced hiker, led the group on the scenic route.

“The advantage of the walks I do is that there are plenty of landmarks and the paths are very easy to follow,” said Greg.

Peak District Walk Leader, Greg Steel.

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Exploring British food

International students often find an array of exciting experiences to discover while studying in UK such as places to visit, food to try and people to meet.

British food reflects the distinctive tradition to be explored and savoured by international students while studying in the UK.

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MASSOC: We’ll always be there for you

MASSOC (Malaysian and Singaporean Society of the University of Sheffield) has been around to ensure the welfare and well-being of Malaysian and Singaporean students in Sheffield.

“MASSOC’s aim is simply to make you feel comfortable through its support, resources and activities,” said Phoebe Yiin, the ex- vice president of MASSOC.

Phoebe Yiin, the ex-vice president of MASSOC.

As a Malaysian student, Phoebe understands the difficulties of Malaysian students when they come to study abroad. Thus, she committed herself to become part of MASSOC to help out new students to settle down in Sheffield.

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Teaching international students: challenging but rewarding

Teaching international students can be challenging yet rewarding, according to some Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) lecturers.

In her experience, senior lecturer Katie Oscroft finds that international students often have more cultural depth to add to the session.

“Some students may know things other don’t, and it’s a good opportunity to use the individual experiences to enrich the learning process,” said Katie, who specialises in television news.

SHU Lecturer Katie Oscroft (first from left, bottom row) with the iStudyAbroad team after a TV news bulletin production.

Principal lecturer Dr. Geff Green has taught in SHU for 14 years, and deals with many international students from different countries.

He said: “Overseas students bring a new dynamic and diversity into the classroom, and there’s always something interesting to learn from them.”

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Sheffield Jubilee Fayre: Historical Explosion at Norfolk Heritage Park


Visitors, locals and international students were treated to an explosion of history and culture at the 11th annual Sheffield Jubilee Fayre recently.

Held at the Norfolk Heritage Park, the free community event offered tons of entertainment and attractions such as the Sheffield Horticulture Show, which is a vegetable and fruit farming competition, market stalls and park rides.

However, the highlight of the Fayre was definitely the larger than life re-enactment of significant historical events.

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What’s next? Foreign students finding a job in the UK

Layla (left) and Monica are ecstatic at the opportunity to volunteer for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

With a rise in unemployment rates, it is becoming increasingly difficult for international students to find jobs in the UK.

Furthermore, new post-study work visa regulations imposed by the British Border Agency restrict students from acquiring permanent employment.

However, it is not impossible for students to get paid or unpaid work experience while studying abroad, as illustrated by a few students from China.

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