Study English and Belong to an International Community

April 5, 2016

The UK is renowned for its warm welcome of international students travelling to the UK from all over the world. With hundreds of thousands of students choosing the UK to study English every year, the UK has earned its reputation as a diverse and multicultural environment full of opportunity.

So what makes the UK so multicultural?

The government has increasingly promoted immigration policies to enhance cultural cohesion and combat issues surrounding racial inequality and discrimination. The immigration that has taken place in recent years has placed importance on communities working and living together despite racial difference. It’s important that an international community embraces diversity so that everyone can feel a sense of belonging and citizenship. Diversity isn’t just exclusive to race either, embracing diversity can include accepting different styles of dress, native languages, food preferences and cultural and religious traditions.

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How can you feel at home in an international community?

Home is where you make it. Experiencing a sense of culture shock and home sickness is natural, yet feeling at home in your new surroundings is all about accepting your new environment and its differences. As you study English in the UK, think of it as an experience of discovery and don’t limit yourself to the classroom. Choosing to learn another language in another country enables you to discover new things and talk to people you wouldn’t usually meet.

However, adapting to your new surroundings doesn’t mean you have to cut ties to home. A great way to create a balance of home and discovery is to join a student society or local community associated with your native country. Whether it’s a religious group or cultural association, meeting likeminded people who are going through the same experiences as you can help you get the most from your time in the UK. It also provides a useful forum to share advice and stories including things such as where to find the best quality ingredients from your native country to make tasty meals that remind you of home. Because the UK is an international community which embraces all ethnicities, religions and languages you have the freedom to create your very own version of ‘home’.

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The freedom to study English in your own way

Many language courses can be studied on a full time or part time basis, dependent on your needs and work commitments. There are also a range of shorter courses available, ideal for students wanting to learn a particular area of English language in a shorter period of time. Summer schools are another great way to meet people and immerse yourself in British culture whilst learning the language. Find out more about the experiences students may face when living and learning in the UK.

As St. George’s Day is just around the corner on the 23rd April, it’s time to celebrate English history and England as an international community is just one of many reasons why the UK is a great place to study English.