I grew up in Hong Kong, where summer days are insanely hot and long, while winter days are still cold but short. I am used to a warm and humid climate so I found it quite a drastic weather change when I first arrived in the UK. I adore warmer British months from April to September when the sun is shining and the days are longer. Luckily, Exeter is based in the South West which is one of the warmest places in the UK.
If you’re worried about moving to the UK here are some my top tips for keeping up with British weather!
My degree: BA Liberal Arts (majoring in English with proficiency in French)
I hadn’t really thought about about studying abroad before the release of my exam results, but I applied to UK universities as a back-up plan so decided to apply for a subject I was quite interested in. Once I got my results I found that I couldn’t apply for my subject in local Hong Kong universities so I turned to Clearing for more options.
Written by Nicola Lai, Thesia Salim, and Jasmine Hui
Whether you are an Asian student craving for food from home or a huge fan of Asian food in general, here are some East-Asian restaurants in Exeter worth trying out. Spice up your student life in Exeter with some oriental bites in the local area, you might end up going to the restaurants more than once!
I am sure you all have heard about the political situation between Russia and the UK. As a result a lot of Russian students as well as their parents are unsure whether it is a good idea to study in the UK or not. Here I am talking about my personal experience, sharing my thoughts on student life at the University of Exeter, explaining how studying over here can help students in real life as well as what kind of support the university can offer to the international students.
Разногласия между Россией и Англией: как это может повлиять на русских студентов за границей?
Как всем нам известно, политическая ситуация между Россией и Англией вызвала некие споры насчет того стоит ли обучаться в английских школах и вузах. Сложилось впечатление, что к русским ребятам будут относиться с презрением со стороны общества. По своему собственному опыту я могу с полной уверенностью сказать, что это абсолютно не так. (more…)
Miss home food? Want to know where to find the best places to buy South Asian food? Here are LP and Aleeha with their take on the best shops to get South Asian groceries in Exeter. To know what they are, keep reading…… (more…)
Exeter is a charming, lovely place, full of beauty, history and welcoming people. It is definitely a wonderful experience being able to live here for a year and it’s not one I will ever forget. But having lived in the UAE for a while, there are some things about Exeter that surprised me! So, here are some of the things that I personally found really different from where I’ve lived before.
Exeter – a charming place with lovely views, great shopping, wonderful learning institutions, marvellous food…the list goes on! What else is on that list, you ask? How about Roman forts, Saxon history, Viking invasion and international wool export? Don’t believe me? Then read on…. (more…)
Coming to university in the UK means having a plethora of new experiences. But for me, as an Indian who had been living in Abu Dhabi for several years before coming here, one of the most exciting things has been the lovely scenic views in Exeter, especially at the Streatham Campus, where I’m based. My first thought on seeing the Streatham campus was ‘It’s beautiful!”. It wasn’t just the lovely green spaces around campus. It is the whole atmosphere of vibrancy and liveliness that’s always present. While meeting loads of people, learning the ropes and grappling with homesickness was exhilarating, it felt liberating to get away from the bustle once in a while. It was in those instances that I discovered the true beauty of the Streatham Campus.
My degree has officially been over for a few weeks now, and in between reading of anything I can get my hands on, seeing friends and returning overdue books to the library – I have been thinking about the partial list I made in my head during peak dissertation stress regarding reasons why my degree has been worth it, no matter the outcome. So this afternoon armed with a coffee, my typewriter and a huge heap of nostalgia I wrote them up and now it’s time to give them a home.
If you’ve applied through UCAS and are very worried, or even absolutely certain that your exams did not go well at all, you might be looking into Clearing right now. It seems extremely uncertain and daunting, but what you can always do is call the universities you’re interested in attending and ask if you could talk to someone to discuss options with you. After you’ve received your results and are either unhappy with your options or haven’t received the grades needed for them, you’ll be going through Clearing. (more…)
It’s only a few months away until you have to pack up your life and move to an entirely new place. Huge congrats to you if you’ve been accepted to study at University of Exeter! Now, it’s time for you to get excited and prepare yourselves for your university life. (more…)
As an international offer-holder without any experience in British higher education, I’m sure you have been wondering what classes are like at universities in the UK. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more about the different types of teaching you might be involved during your undergraduate course. This blog post is a follow-up to my ‘5 things you need to know exams in the UK’ article – be sure to check it out if you haven’t done so already! (more…)
Being an international student in Exeter means that everything is novel and interesting. It’s a great opportunity to explore lots of new places and there happens to be an abundance of those around Exeter. Cornwall has some of the prettiest places in the UK and one of these is the picturesque little town of St. Ives. It takes around 2 and a half hours on the coach from Exeter to St. Ives, past some very nice countryside views. This little town has lots to offer – from beaches to hiking trails to shopping. Here is my adventure at St. Ives.
Now that I have finished my second year down in Cornwall I thought it might be nice to share a small list of all the places that I enjoyed exploring so far.
If you are a student considering joining us down at the Penryn Campus and wondering what life down here is like, or if you are a current student and want some inspiration for what do and where to go on free time – then you’ve come to the right place. (more…)
Every student first coming to university has some apprehensions. Coming to a new place, settling in, meeting lots of new people from all over the world, the fear of being unable to make friends, feeling homesick – it all happens to everyone. My first week in the UK was the same, filled with joyful excitement and anxiety. As an international student who had never been to the UK before, except for a short visit, and never been away from my family, this was a huge step outside my comfort zone and just the beginning of a whirlwind experience. I studied my undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham before I joined my current Masters degree at the University of Exeter. (more…)