Monthly Archives: July 2012

Tips for improving your English

For international students who come from non-English speaking backgrounds, language may be a major obstacle for communication and learning.

According to Fran Potgieter, 41, an English lecturer from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), the most difficult thing faced by most students is expressing complexity of meaning with accuracy and clarity.

“’Hedging’ and cautious language can be difficult to produce and perfect tenses are an issue for many students,” she added. (*Explanation of ‘hedge’ at the end of this story)

Fran Potgieter (right), has taught English for about 20 years.

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Cultural differences affect how people perceive me – Pakistani International Student

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) MSc International Human Resource student Noor E Ain Arfa is a long way from home. Even so, her love for travel has taught her to be independent and adaptable in a new culture.

Sheffield Hallam University international student Noor E Ain Arfa loves travelling and exploring new cultures.

Coming from Lahore, Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country, 25-year-old Ain was brought up in a conservative society.

“I came from a religious country which has many strict rules especially for the women. I have a very strict of code of conduct which I have to follow. If I go beyond that, I will not be able to fit in the society,” she said.

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“I felt homesick while studying abroad,” – SHU International Student

International students may find it hard to cope emotionally when entering a different culture and lifestyle, away from family and familiarity.

SAKSHI ANAND, Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) International Student has always wanted to study abroad.

Sakshi Anand, 25, from a tight knit family in Delhi, chose to come to the United Kingdom because Sheffield Hallam University is the only university that offers MSc in Applying Physiotherapy.

While adapting to study life in the UK, Sakshi noticed that the academic system in UK is totally different from India.

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iStudyAbroad: Promo Video!

Check out our short promotional video, featuring 12 international students of different cultures, backgrounds and nationalities.

“International students must be open minded,” – Andrew Bromley

Studying abroad can be exciting yet challenging. The iStudyAbroad team speaks to ANDREW BROMLEY, a well-known figure among SHU international students, about his experiences and advice.

ANDREW BROMLEY, International Student Support Officer at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), shares his experience of working with international students.

It has been a steep learning curve for Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) International Student Support Officer Andrew Bromley.

“With international students, I had to adapt to the various cultures and languages while maintaining a level of sensitivity,” he said.

In his four and a half years at SHU Student Support Services, Bromley has encountered thousands of international students from all walks of life.­­­

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iStudyAbroad

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Are you an international student? If yes, you’re in the right place!

This website is specially dedicated to international students who are currently studying abroad, or plan to in the future. We would be covering a wide range of topics and issues commonly faced by international students in the United Kingdom.

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