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UK government defeated on international student policy by House of Lords

The house of Lords voted to take international students out of the UK's net migration figures.

Peers backed an amendment tabled by Lord Hannay of Chiswick, stating that no student should be treated for public policy purposes as a long term migrant to the UK, for the duration of their studies.

The amendment passed with a large majority in favour 313 votes vs 219. The defeat is a set back for Downing street. Theresa May, who in her capacity as Home Secretary and most recently Prime Minister, did not support removing international students from net migration figures, which recent governments have pledge to bring down by "tens of thousands."

This policy has resulted in international numbers from certain countries reducing and UK institutions, loosing out to competitor countries, such as the US and Australia. The UK is currently second to the US as a provider of higher education. Lord Hannay warned that the UK is "loosing market share to our main competitors"

The Department of Education voiced its disappointment in the vote. However, the amendment will next be considered by MPs who may choose to accept or reject it. Should the bill pass, then the government would be forced into a situation where it has to encourage international students and cooperation between UK and overseas institutions. 

 

 

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It's Not Just About Learning The Language. Be Aware Of Different Customs When Living Abroad!

When you live in a different country to the one you've grown up in, you're bound to notice that some things are done differently. Experiencing a new culture with its diverse customs is all part of the fun of living and studying abroad.

It's not just when you first arrive either. If you talk to some people who've lived in a foreign country for years, they might still be encountering cultural differences that surprise them.

So, how do the Brits do things differently, and what do you need to be aware of? Here are a few examples.

It's a long-standing joke that the British like to queue. While that might be stretching the truth a little (who really enjoys a queue?), it's fair to say that the queuing system is much more respected in the UK than in some other countries. And if anyone tries to queue-jump, they shouldn't  be surprised if the rest of the line "tuts" their disapproval - you may even get told off by your fellow queuers. So, whether it's your country's custom to queue in an orderly fashion or not, if you want a quiet life, you may as well get used to it in the UK.

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Interesting Things Students Can Do without Ever Leaving London

Going to university in London is quite an exciting time in your life, and even though you are young and anxious to get out and about in the world, you may have little time on your hands to go out 'prowling.' Whether you want to really focus on studying for that degree, or simply don't have the budget to do a lot of travelling, there are many things students can do without ever leaving London. Here are a few.

Study Foreign Languages for Fun and Future

Most often you are in school to learn a specific career. Although there may be a few electives that enable you to take an odd course or two, the tuition you've paid covers your degree courses and typically there isn't much left over. Even so, what happens if you are studying for a career that is likely to bring you to foreign lands to work? Wouldn't it be nice to study foreign languages on the side, such as Mandarin Chinese or Spanish? Those are two of the languages most used in commerce, other than English that is, and you simply can't go wrong taking the time to learn another language that will help further you in your chosen field.

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Practical Tips on Embracing Life In a New Country

Living in another country is an exciting prospect, but when you've been there a couple of weeks and the novelty of being somewhere new wears off, it's normal to go through a period where you might feel a little isolated and out of sorts.

This is entirely natural; you've started living in a society that is different to the one you've grown up in and some things are bound to feel strange. However, the best thing to do at this point is to take some practical steps to increase your sense of belonging, rather than remaining an outsider. Here's how to start making those connections.

Get Some Guidance

You might be feeling lonely or homesick, away from the support network of family and friends you've always had around you. Of course, you can stay in touch with them via social media and phone calls, but that isn't always enough to help you feel settled. In fact, it can sometimes make your isolation feel greater.

If you are wondering why you made the choice to study abroad and doubt your resolve to stick with the course, try having a psychic reading to allow you to consider what you're looking to achieve. Most people find it enlightening to talk to a third party such as a psychic as they can offer insights into why someone has made certain decisions in life.

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Why Do Many Students Need Math Homework Help

At some point in a student's life, he or she will require extra help in their difficult subject. Parents sometimes wait until there is already a problem at school and the student is already struggling with topics that he or she finds confusing or complex. This should not be the case, engaging the service of a math homework help assistant will give an advantage to the student.

Homework helpers and tutors does not only provide academic assistant to student, but being able to solve their math problems with ease also boosts their confidence at school. They will no longer dread being called to recite and solve their homework the following day because they are prepared and they know that it is correct. 

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