International College

What you need to know before joining us

Posted 21 August 2020
Two students chat on campus at Sheffield University

One of our progressing Pre-Masters students, Wenyi, has shared some advice about studying at the International College. Wenyi is from China and will be starting her postgraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism this September. Good luck Wenyi!

The most important thing for new USIC students is to manage your time correctly. Since the modules and requirements are different from those in your home countries, you need to learn to make a plan to balance studying and life.

Prepare for each class

Faced with complex work in English, previewing (looking at the material online before your class) and reviewing (looking back at what you have studied in your classes) is a great method. Previewing before class can help you know the course content and any new English words in advance, so you can keep up with the class progress. Reviewing in time after class helps to consolidate knowledge and helps with your homework too.

You also need to know that your attendance at college must be at least 80%. This is important to make sure you’re learning as much as you can . So if you can’t make a class, just make sure you let someone know.

Don't be afraid to ask questions

When you are at college, it is necessary to communicate with teachers and classmates in English. This is a good opportunity for international students to practice speaking English. By the way, when you come to register, the volunteers will only communicate with you in English. Don't be afraid – speak up! Express yourself bravely and seize every chance to practice your English.

In addition, it is very important to ask questions of your teachers and classmates if you don’t understand something. Don’t be shy. All the teachers are very kind and they welcome questions. It shows your thirst for knowledge and you should be proud to ask questions.

Say what you're thinking

Another thing: dare to speak your mind. Maintain a critical attitude at all times. Speak up when you have different ideas from your classmates and teachers in class. The collision of different views may give some new insights and inspiration, and are always welcomed by your teachers.

Learning to encourage introverted classmates to express their views can also help. This will not only help you get along well with each other, but also creates a positive learning atmosphere.

Pick the best study space

The Diamond is a good place to study, either on your own or in a group. The unique shape, amount of space and free access - as well as the fact that it is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week - will offer you a high quality learning atmosphere.

In addition to studying hard, students should also pay attention to the rich variety of extra-curricular activities available in Sheffield. Getting to know your surroundings can help you better engage with your studies and the locals are really friendly and always willing to help with your English.

Prepare for the weather

The weather in Britain is as changeable and rainy as rumour has it. You'd better take some rainproof clothes. However, sunny days are ideal for shopping and travel and for exploring Sheffield's attractions and its diverse culture.

Don't worry about finding food

Don’t worry about food. Sheffield is a very diverse and inclusive city, with a variety of international restaurants and you can buy everything you need in the supermarkets.

Last but not least, here are also some tips for Journalism students:

  • Firstly, don’t hesitate to speak English. One of the basics of journalism is conveying information, so you need to hone your language skills and try to say exactly what you want to say succinctly.
  • In addition, you need to continuously develop your news acumen and journalistic ability. You should communicate with local people, pay attention to the local news and interesting things happening around you, and always keep a newsman's perspective. One easy way to learn is to read local and national newspapers, such as “The Star” and “The Times” and listen to news reports on the BBC.
  • Finally, know your goals. As a journalism student, you should ask yourself “why do I want to be a journalist?” and “what do I think journalism is?” from time to time. Never be afraid to ask questions, always keep your passion and keep learning.

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