Studying abroad, at any time or age, involves a number of important decisions. It is essential to know the different options before choosing the best programme. On this page we try to reply to some common questions made by students and organisations, but get in touch with us for more details and to discuss the options available to you.
Studying abroad will probably change your life forever. It is such a great and enriching experience that will definitely help not only with building up or developing your academic and professional career but also it will enable you to grow in different aspects, such as learning to be independent, to face adversities and to respect the differences.
You will gain life experience, by living new cultural experiences and you will expand your academic and business horizons. Whether you take a short or long term course , living in another country as a student will mean you will come home having tried new things, met new people, and gained a more global perspective while striving for academic success.
We can help you in achieving your dream of studying abroad, assisting you in all steps, from planning to finishing your training in the UK or Guatemala..
We are a new consultancy service proposal, supporting and advising candidates to general language courses, academic, business and professional courses.
More than enabling student exchanges, our aim is to offer bespoke consultancy, helping you to plan all the details of your training abroad.
We have not only a comprehensive and long experience of working within the British education system, but also we worked with student management, including the UK universities’ admission process, admission to work placements, visa requirements for students and admission to suitable scholarship programmes. We are specialized in supporting international students covering financial advice, welfare, adaptation to academic life and career advice.
Unlike more traditional agencies, our work does not end when you arrive in your country of destination, but the support will continue until you return home, as we are based in London, helping you until the end of your training.
It is not just an exchange programme but a unique programme built according to each candidate’s profile, aspirations, expectations and academic/professional objectives.
In the UK we only recommend language, academic and professional schools of excellence, chosen by the quality of their study programmes, teaching level, infrastructure, reviews of former students, the level of student support and assistance, and the accreditation from Local Education regulators.
We have the practice of visiting schools and meeting its Directors of Studies regularly, reassuring the highest levels of teaching quality, structure and support from those institutions.
However, as independent consultancy service, we will always be open to suggestions and consultations about any UK school our clients might be may be interested in.
In Guatemala, we represent the school La Unión, in Antigua. This school has an innovative and pioneering programme combining their exclusive One-to-One Spanish teaching programme, general activities, volunteering, and Academic programmes and Work Placements required by universities worldwide.The academic and professional training are accepted as credits in universities worldwide,as the school is certified by the Universidade Rural de Guatemala.
In the UK, general language courses start from 16 years old. For younger pupils Summer Schools can be organised – from 10 years old, in schools where they will live as boarding school students, supervised by teachers and school staff and attend a number of activities as sports and visits to point of interest. Those programmes last usually from 1 to 4 weeks.
There is no age limit for learning and we have programmes that will attend different age groups. Whilst most of our students are aged between 18-30, we have had mature students pursuing professional English courses, postgraduate degrees etc. The blend of ages, nationalities, professions and interests of our students makes their experience unique.
For language courses or short term courses- in order to have a wider choice of courses and accommodation- we recommend you to book as soon as possible. New language courses start every Monday all year round. However, for courses longer than 6 months, we recommend that we book at least 2 months in advance to allow enough time for visa processing. The same advice applies to candidates to Spanish courses in Guatemala.
For pre-university, graduate or postgraduate programmes applications will be made well in advance, as the academic year will start either in September or January. Not only the candidates credentials will have to be assessed by the schools and accepted, but visas must be issued in time, ensuring you are in class in the first day of school. Get in touch with us to know more details about this process.
The possibility of working during your study time abroad will depend on the kind of programme you are going to do, the visa you are going to apply to and the rules of the country you are going to travel to. For example, in the UK, it is possible for students to help as volunteers in NGOs, charities or government organisations, as long as they are not paid and there is not a written work contract. However they are allowed to work if they hold a Tier4 General Study visa. It is very important to talk to us and we will be able to advise you about working while studying abroad.
The traditional accommodation model for language students abroad, is living with a host family (also called homestay). In those homes you usually have your room and one or two meals daily, depending on your course package.You will have the opportunity to practice your English with your family, and other students that might be hosted by the same family. This is the most affordable kind of accommodation for students.
However, it is not compulsory. Many schools have their own residences, and you can opt for renting a room either in a school residence, or independently or even to live in a hotel if it is your choice. At UK Student Solutions, we will help you to find the best choice for you.
It will all depend of the kind of course you are doing, and mainly the kind of visa you have. In the UK, generally, visa expiring dates are a few weeks after the courses are finished, allowing you to do a bit of travelling in the country during this time.The most important thing is that you do not overstay your visa.
Get in touch with us to know more about the rules of the country you are going to visit and the kind of visa you will apply for.
9. I would like to focus my course in business language, law, medicine,etc. Do you offer this kind of programme?
We have different options for students willing lessons of language for a purpose. Some schools offer them as a complement to general language courses, and others will have a dedicated professional language programme. Get in touch with us to evaluate which will be the best option for you.
On an individual level, internationalisation is currently an important key of the educational, professional and corporate world. As a result, displaying an international experience in your CV will definitely be a differential among others in a extremely competitive work market. A candidate with international experience, show to his prospective employer, at least that he or she likes to face challenges, is adaptable, experienced diverse perspectives, is sociable and is different from the regular candidate.
We are experts in providing a great experience abroad. You will have, from us, a bespoke assistance and support in finding the best study alternatives, taking into consideration your needs, motivation and your professional goals -being them to improve your language skills, to get a postgraduate degree or a specific professional training. Our aim is to enable you to find a new professional horizon in your in the work market or even at your employer!
a) For directors, managers, employees
The new technologies available now provide huge opportunities in globalisation for businesses of all sizes, but this international growth requires, sometimes, sending employees to foreign countries, either temporarily or permanently, to attend meetings, to oversee the operation, administration, and marketing of international negotiations, and also to specialise in working areas or models that companies are required to embrace.
Unfortunately, there are obstacles in International business caused by the lack of knowledge of languages, professional language and also problems caused by cross-cultural differences. The lack of those skills can result in the failure of negotiations. By training employees abroad, companies can advance in its international growth and resolve many misunderstood issues.
UK Student Solutions will be able to assist your company, whether you want to send an employee or a team, with tailor-made programmes that will attend your business, technical and budget needs.
We have also online solutions for professional language teaching from British tutors live from London and online postgraduate programmes with top UK universities.
b) Scholarship Programmes
If your organisation would like to set up a funding programme to help students or training programmes for potential recruits for the company, we can fully assist your HR or Training department in creating a scholarship programme that embodies the mission of your organisation.
Offering a scholarship can be amazingly complex but we will be able to provide a way to save you from administrative hassles with the customization of a programme that will be also flexible to change and grow.
Get in touch with us!
At UK Student Solutions, we have access to several databases with many scholarship opportunities. We publish,monthly, a selection with the best scholarships on offer, to help in your research!
Additionally, we can provide expert support to your application, including the analysis of the scholarship academic and language requirements, review of your documents, help with CVs, guidelines to statements and reference letters, help with the submission of your application to the sponsoring organisation or any other aspects of your entry in the selection process.
Take a look on the scholarships page and get in touch if you require our support.