My lovely “Tieu Ho”

Hi there,

I have a lovely cat his name is Tieu Ho. I love him very much. He always sleep in my bed, hug my bear. When I came back from all day tired, he make me fun and happy. When I called him he always appears immaterially. When I was ill he sleep with me all day. I’m so sad when he lost. But have a lot of his picture now I want to share them with you. Hope you have a pet like him.

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UK education teaching and studying methods

‘Being independent when you study in the UK isn’t just about living away from home. Whatever UK course you study, you will be encouraged to think for yourself and create your own ideas. A UK education will help you gain confidence in your own abilities and equip you with valuable language, creative, analytical and research skills that employers look for. ‘

Close contact between students and tutors is a particular strength of all UK courses. Institutions in the UK also provide excellent English language support for international students. Many offer English classes that focus on the language and study skills you will need to successfully complete your main course.

Postgraduate programmes in the UK

If you study as a UK postgraduate student, most of the work you do will be on your own initiative, which really develops your thinking and research skills. On taught courses, postgraduate tutors and lecturers provide the framework of the course, but you are encouraged to pursue your own interests. With postgraduate research programmes, the principal teaching method is original research, completed under academic supervision.

Many UK postgraduate research programmes offer introductory taught courses that provide training in research skills. This will help you prepare for the advanced research you’ll need to do.

MBA courses in the UK

Master of Business Administration (MBA) courses in the UK are a particularly intensive, challenging and rewarding form of taught postgraduate course. You’ll be expected to work through a large amount of material, complete projects and assignments and give regular presentations. Teaching methods characteristic of MBAs include case studies, simulations and business games.

UK undergraduate degree courses

UK degree programmes can be tailored to your interests. Although some core topics on your undergraduate degree will be compulsory, you can also choose from optional modules. This gives you the opportunity to specialise in key areas that could help you achieve your career goals.

Lectures are an important part of UK undergraduate courses, but you’ll spend most of your time in small tutorial and seminar groups. Together with your tutor and fellow students, you will discuss and analyse pre-prepared topics. Here you will find your ideas and opinions are very welcome.

If you choose a technical undergraduate degree subject in the UK, you are likely to spend a large portion of your time in supervised laboratory work. This is designed to help you develop necessary technical skills.

English language courses in the UK

The UK is the home of the English language and there is a long tradition of teaching English in the UK to speakers of other languages. Any school you choose will have experience of working with international students.

UK English language courses are available at all levels. They provide as much or as little support as you need. Class sizes are small too, so teaching staff can pay close attention to your learning needs.

You’ll be encouraged to communicate from the moment you enter the classroom. The wide range of creative teaching methods for English Language courses in the UK include:
role-playing exercises
group discussions.
You will also be able to use technology and language laboratories to study independently.

UK independent schools and colleges

Independent boarding schools in the UK are well-known for the quality of their teaching and excellent facilities. You can expect to be taught in a small group, where your teacher will give you all the individual attention you need. Independence, sociability and a love of learning are all gained from studying at UK independent schools.

UK career-based and pre-university courses

When you study a career-based course in the UK you are encouraged to take responsibility for your own studies. You might find yourself working on projects with other students, spending time in college libraries or being assessed through practical demonstrations. Your UK course will combine practical skills with a sound academic underpinning, all geared towards a particular career or job.

Support for International students in UK

‘Support is always available when you study in the UK. If you are having trouble getting used to the UK education system or you need some help with your UK course or degree – you only have to ask. Counsellors and academic staff at your place of study will be happy to help. ‘

support for International in the UK

support for International in the UK

UK undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses
Many UK universities and colleges have specialist international advisers to support you throughout your UK education. They provide advice and information on almost anything; from accommodation through to extending your permission to stay in the UK.

You can also take part in an orientation or induction programme organised by your UK institution. These last from a couple of days to a week and usually include:
A tour of the campus
An overview of the facilities and how to use them
Explanations of the institution’s rules
Help with registering for your UK course
An outline of teaching methods
Discussion of important aspects of life in the UK
Social events where you can meet staff and other students.
English language courses in the UK

If you study a UK English language course, most schools offer a student welfare service to help you. You can get advice on accommodation, UK visas and legal requirements before you even reach the UK. On arrival, your school will also provide a meet-and-greet service and transportation.

Support continues throughout your UK course. In the unlikely event that you will need it, most schools have an emergency telephone number that you can ring 24 hours a day. English language schools also make sure that students under the age of 16 are closely supervised.

UK independent schools

When you study at a UK independent school you will be well looked after. Before you travel to the UK they will ensure you have a guardian here who is responsible for you.

Your care at a UK independent school is usually the joint responsibility of academic staff and qualified ‘house parents’. Most schools allocate pupils to individual mentors, who take a personal interest in your welfare. Many schools have a matron and provide access to a school doctor.

Career-based courses in the UK

Your career-based course is likely to be based at a UK college of further education. Most colleges make welfare arrangements and have dedicated international student advisers. Their job is to work with you to understand your needs and appreciate your different culture.

Many UK further education colleges will also offer an induction or welcome programme for you. These include trips and cultural events – and are a good way to get to know the local area and other students.

Student services departments and the students’ union are there to help, should any problems arise. You can also talk to your tutor; all students are assigned a personal tutor who will monitor your academic progress and help with any problems

Working while you study in the UK

‘You can make your UK study experience work even harder for your future by gaining some valuable work experience. Getting a job while you study in the UK can improve your language skills and enhance your CV. Your future employer will be looking for smart, creative, team-orientated people – working and studying in the UK could make you the perfect candidate.’

Jobs shop

Before taking on a job, you need to check whether are entitled to work and how many hours you can work each week. For more information, visit the UK Border Agency (UKBA) website.

Your UK place of study will have a careers service to help connect you to the world of work. They will provide a wide range of help and support, including:
Access to job adverts
Help with writing CVs and job applications
Tips on preparing for job interviews
Information about what it’s like to work in the UK.
They will also help you get first-hand experience of the workplace, consider career choices and make professional contacts. Many UK institutions also have partnerships with local employers who want students to work for them – so they understand that you’ll need flexibility to work around your studies.

National Insurance numbers for international students

If you want to work while you study in the UK you will need to apply for a National Insurance number. National Insurance is the UK’s social insurance programme that provides payment to people who are unemployed, incapacitated or retired. Your National Insurance number is your own personal account number that ensures your contributions are properly recorded.

To make an appointment for a National Insurance number interview while you’re in the UK, phone 0845 600 0643 between 8am and 6pm weekdays. If you are hard of hearing or have speech difficulties call 0845 600 0644.

At your interview you will need to provide proof of identity (passport, birth certificate or bank statement), your right to work in the UK (passport sticker or identity stamp) and details of your job offer. Your new employer can allow you to start work before your number is issued and should deduct contributions from your pay.

For further information on National Insurance numbers visit the Job Centre Plus website.

Recent changes to the UK student visa system: For adult students applying to study in the UK for over 6 months.

The UK Government has announced some changes to Tier 4 which come into effect on 3 March 2010. Most of these changes do not affect you if you make your Tier 4 immigration application in order to study a course at degree level or above, or a foundation degree. However, the changes do apply to you if you make a Tier 4 immigration application on or after 3 March in order to study a course which is below degree level and which is not a foundation degree course.

The changes do not apply to Child or Student Visitor Visas.

You can find further information at the UK Border Agency website.

The British Council will endeavour to provide support and advice for students at the earliest opportunity through our offices throughout the world

International Student Award 2010

‘The International Student Awards are different from any other student competition. They don’t just focus on academic achievement, but celebrate the whole international student experience. ‘

International student of the year – Melissa Ilboudo

The British Council has named Melissa Ilboudo from Burkina Faso as its International Student of the Year. 24-year-old Melissa – who is studying International Development at the University of East Anglia – was one of 12 regional finalists selected out of 1,300 students from 121 different countries who entered this year’s
International Student Awards competition.

The International Student Awards 2010 is an exciting competition that celebrates the achievements of international students and their contributions to life in the UK. To enter, students from around the world were asked to write a letter home explaining how they were making the most of their time in the UK. The focus was on life outside their studies; volunteer work, projects within the local community or any personal development since arriving in the UK.

Melissa’s letter home describing her experiences of living and studying in the UK was judged to be the best and the most inspiring by a panel made up of representatives from the British Council, the National Union of Students, the UK Council for International Student Affairs, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, and The Times Higher Education magazine.

Previous International Student Awards
The International Student Awards has produced many thousands of inspiring stories. Since the competition was first launched in 2002 more than 11,500 international students representing over 130 different nationalities have entered the competition and shared their experiences.

In 2009 there were 1497 entries from 118 different nationalities, representing 289 UK institutions. Although many of those entering where ‘typical’ student age; late teens or early twenties, there was a true mix of ages – the youngest entrant was 15 and the oldest was 58.

The largest number of entrants came from China, India, USA, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Bangladesh with Malaysia, Hong Kong and Germany not far behind. It’s a truly global list of international students with representatives from Burkina Faso, Suriname, Armenia and Macao.

Shine! 2009 winners

Since the 2009 Shine awards there has been a lot of interest in the 12 winning students. You can find out more at the following websites:
BBC China
The Times of India
Oxford University
Cardiff University’s Flickr
Protocolo Lifestyle and Foreign Affairs
Wales Online
Cannon Collins Trust
If you have any questions about the International Student Award 2010 please email the Shine team at Shine team –

If you want to listen her speech when she took this award you can see in

British Council IELTS scholarship

Following the success of the 2010 IELTS scholarship scheme, British Council is delighted to announce the expansion of this programme and in 2011, will be offering over 60 scholarships across 10 countries in Asia; Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and India.

In Vietnam, British Council is awarding a total of 13 British Council IELTS scholarships worth around VND 450 million consisting of:

Two scholarships valued at VND 100 million each, aimed at High school/Pre-University/Undergraduate and Postgraduate students planning to study outside Vietnam
Ten scholarships valued at VND 15 million each, aimed at High school/Pre-University/Undergraduate and Postgraduate students planning to study in Vietnam.
Additionally, the Institute of International Education recently published statistics which revealed that for the first time ever, Vietnam has moved into the top ten leading places of origin for students visiting the USA. In order to mark this occasion, we are also offering:

One scholarship valued at VND 100 million aimed at High school/Pre-University/Undergraduate and Postgraduate students planning to study in USA.
These awards will be issued to the attending educational institutions in order to assist applicants with their educational expenses.

Who is eligible for the Award?

Essential eligibility criteria are that applicants must:
Currently live in Vietnam
Vietnamese Students from 16+ years old
Begin High School/Pre-University, Under/Post Graduate programme study in or outside Vietnam in 2011
take an IELTS test at a British Council or British Council IELTS authorised centres 08 Jan 2011 and 30 May 2011. and receive your scores with a minimum overall band score 5.5
Be able to provide an acceptance letter or official invitation letter from the attending institution for overseas study by 1700, 15 August 2011.

Application includes
Complete an Application form (can be obtained from the British Council Centres in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi or
Provide a photocopy of IELTS Test Report Form
Submit a letter of acceptance from the education institution you plan to attend by 1700, 15 August 2011.

Application Process
Application deadline: 1700, 15 June 2011
Short-listing: 15 June – 15 July 2011
Short-listing results notification: We will notify you whether or not you have been short-listed by 18 July 2011
Interviewing window: 01 – 15 August 2011
Announcing the outcome of the selection process: 25 August 2011

Applicants Obligation:
Fully follow the requirements and processes and ensure the correct information provided
shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview at either British Council HCMC or Hanoi. Please note that candidates will need to meet any costs involved in travelling to the interview.
failure to meet 15 August 2011 deadline for your letter of acceptance will result in your immediate removal from the short-list of applicants.

Where do I send my completed application?
An original hard copy of your application should be sent to:

Thao Nguyen, Examinations Services Manager
British Council IELTS Scholarship
20 Thuy Khue, Tay Ho, Hanoi

Le Xuan Binh, IELTS Business Development Manager, Vietnam
British Council IELTS Scholarship
25 Le Duan, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Deadline for applications is 1700, 15 June 2011.
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