I am Shalini and I am here to share my journey from India to the UK to pursue my Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Nottingham, during the COVID-19 😊.

A glimpse of my expedition in the UK

source: personal photographs

I completed my Bachelor of Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India, and worked for 7 years in IT MNCs as a Scrum Master and Software Engineer. It was during this stint, I realised I was inclined towards pursuing Masters to broaden my horizons in Project Management. Due to family commitments and childcare, I took the toughest decision of…


Even though most students return to their homes during the Christmas break, living in the UK will make you quite familiar with some British traditions. You might start drinking more tea, or welcome people by saying “hi, you alright?”. So why not take some of British Christmas traditions with you back home? If you are a student in the UK, you have the chance to make your holiday season a bit multicultural!

Christmas crackers

source: BBC Good food

Christmas cracker is a festive table decoration made out of cardboard. There is a small gift hidden in the middle of a cracker, and when two people hold…


Why should you study in the UK?

Hello! My name is Aurora Fernandes and I’m a second-year student at Nottingham Trent University. Growing up in Portugal was fun and great but I’m still extremely appreciative of my parent’s ability to allow me to gain an education in the UK. Right now, you probably have a lot of thoughts racing through your head especially of the pros and cons of studying in the UK. I understand it’s extremely intimidating making such a big career and life decision but let me assure you that the benefits are extremely rewarding. With the increasing connection between countries, knowing English is becoming…


Hi everyone! My name is Baron Ibrahim from Jakarta, Indonesia. I am currently living in Oxford and doing my MSc in Marketing & Brand Management at Oxford Brookes University. I am going to be sharing with you my journey to the UK.

At the age of 18, back in 2014, I decided to move to the UK for a better education, to experience other cultures, expand connections with people all around the world, and last but not least to be closer to my favourite football team “Manchester United”. I moved to Manchester and lived there for a year and a…


In the last few months, many international students arriving in the UK had to self isolate for 14 days before going back to their everyday activities. Now with many people leaving the country for holidays and supposedly coming back in January, a new policy has been introduced with a possibility to cut the 14-day quarantine.

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The test to release for international travel scheme is for people who need to self isolate upon their arrival in the UK. The list of countries on the exempt list is not that long — which means that everyone coming from a country that is…


With most students advised to travel home between 3rd and 9th December, you should start packing your bags soon. And as an international student, you have a chance to bring a dash of the UK back to your home country. Alongside classic souvenirs such as keychains and magnets, here are a few typical UK things your friends and family back at home might find interesting.

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Raincoat

Everyone knows it rains in England. Almost every day at least once. And once you move to the UK you realise not many people actually use umbrellas because it’s not raining cats and dogs, it’s…


You’ve probably seen at least one episode of Peaky Blinders or Downton Abbey. If you have, and you quite like the style, you’ll be interested to hear that some of the most famous venues from that time still exist in Nottingham. Some are even older, some are a bit newer, which makes Nottingham a perfect place for time travelling experience.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

source: Visit Nottinghamshire

If you spent at least a day in Nottingham, you will probably have heard of this gem. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is one of several pubs claiming to be the oldest in England — others that claim to be…


While university rankings are a great way for students to explore their possibilities and find their favourites, there are few other factors that might influence your decision! Primary task of university rankings is to inform potential undergraduate applicants about UK universities based on a range of criteria, including entry standards, student satisfaction, staff/student ratio, academic services and facilities expenditure per student, research quality, proportion of Firsts and 2:1s, completion rates and student destinations.


This week the government has released new guidance on how students should return back home for Christmas. All further details are to be decided by universities themselves, as well as all support possible for those students who want to stay on campus during the holiday season.

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With some students returning home in the middle of the term and deciding to continue their studies remotely, it was a matter of time when general guidance about students returning home for Christmas break will come forward. Most universities adopted a blended approach to learning this year, meaning that some lectures and seminars are…


Hey! Do you remember the WorldWide100Challenge? It’s been a long time since our last blog series was published. But don’t worry, we have a new story for you.

Today, Akpene Ozuame, an international student from Ghana is going to tell us about her experience in the UK: the reason she is living in the country, what she likes the most about it and so on. Keep reading to know more.

“ Hi all, my name is Akpene Ozuame and my nationality is Ghanaian from Western Africa. …

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