IELTS Academic test: what it is and how to prepare for it

Submitted by Joy.Hunter@tim… on Tue, 04/06/2021 - 13:32

If you’re interested in studying abroad at an English-speaking university or another type of education institution, you will need to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the language. The IELTS Academic test is one of the main ways to do this.

Introduced in 1989, IELTs (or, to give it its full title, the International English Language Testing System) is one of the principal English language proficiency tests for non-native speakers looking to study or work abroad or migrate.

It is offered at more than 1,200 test centres in over 140 countries and territories.

Vlog: the A-Z of student life in the UK during Covid-19

Submitted by Joy.Hunter@tim… on Thu, 04/01/2021 - 18:38

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the ways university students go about their lives.

Who knew, in early 2020 that the bulk of our learning and socialising would take place on Zoom (did we even know what Zoom was back then?). Or that once dormant hobbies, such as baking and painting, would become so important to our mental health over the past year? Or that it would be normal to spend the majority of your life within the four walls of your home?

Video: how to choose which university or country to study in

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Tue, 03/30/2021 - 12:00

While having lots of choice is no doubt a good thing, having too much choice can often feel overwhelming.

If you’re just starting out on your study-abroad journey and have no idea where to start in choosing a university or even a country, the tips below may help. Two current international students and one prospective international student share how they narrowed down their choices and the ways they researched their universities. 

Everything international students need to know about student visas in Germany

Submitted by Joy.Hunter@tim… on Mon, 03/29/2021 - 14:45

There are many reasons why Germany is a popular choice for international students, key among them its prestigious universities, lower tuition fees and European travel opportunities.

However, for many students the visa application process can feel overwhelming, and it can be hard to know where to start.

But you you shouldn’t let that put you off studying abroad. To help with your applications, we’ve put together this easy-to-use table for a quick overview of what is involved when applying for a student visa for Germany.

One year on: reflections on the pandemic from international university students

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Mon, 03/29/2021 - 12:36

It’s been a year since Covid-19 was declared a pandemic and university students’ lives were turned upside down. The shift to online learning was a challenge for many, while others had to make the difficult decision of whether to stay at their university or travel home to their families. 

We asked some students who wrote blogs last year to share an update on how things have changed in the past year and what they have learnt from 12 months of studying online and social distancing. 

Ten student YouTubers you should know about

Submitted by Joy.Hunter@tim… on Fri, 03/19/2021 - 12:37

If you’ve ever looked for university information and advice online, you will have come across student vloggers. With platforms such as YouTube and TikTok, students have increasingly taken it upon themselves to share their university experiences online, covering everything from the best cafes on campus to how to deal with stress and anxiety during a degree course.

Writing a dissertation during the pandemic

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Tue, 03/16/2021 - 09:59

Being in lockdown has been a difficult situation for everyone, however I have found it additionally difficult because I have also had to complete a dissertation project. Like many other students, I found myself in a new place where I needed to handle both the Covid-19 pandemic and university stress.

This is why it is vital to talk about the well-being of students, especially those in their final year who are writing up their dissertation.

University applications to Canada during the pandemic: FAQs

Submitted by seeta.bhardwa@… on Mon, 03/15/2021 - 17:18

The pandemic has changed many things for universities and students but a few things haven’t changed. The University of Toronto and Canadian universities in general have continued to welcome newcomers, even those they cannot welcome in person until Covid-19 is behind us. Indeed, with its reputation as one of the world’s safest countries, Canada has long been a top destination for students worldwide.