International student experience report

Alessandro Ceccarelli, Graduate Union President 2019-2020


International students benefit the UK culturally, economically and socially during their time in education and beyond. International students are part of British society, contributing to the diversity of people and culture in UK institutions and society. This report stemmed from the concern that European and overseas students, compared to “home” students, have a lower level of satisfaction and experience a range of issues which negatively affect their success at the collegiate university. Issues highlighted in this paper were reported by international students to student representatives including the Graduate Union (GU), Middle Combination Rooms (MCRs), faculty representatives and the Students’ Union Advice Service (SUAS). The paper also includes views collected from university and college staff working with international students. This paper thematically reports major issues and provides suggestions to address them