Advice to Students
When travelling to study a language in another country, you should feel welcome, happy, safe and comfortable, and we’re here to help and encourage you to improve your language as much as possible. The following advice is to make your stay a positive experience in every way.
At the airport
Remember to have all your relevant documents ready before you get to passport control and immigration. Don’t forget to put them in your hand luggage and not in your suitcase. Regarding suitcases, for security reasons please make sure that you don’t carry any other person’s luggage or allow anybody else to carry your suitcases.
As regards money, please don’t carry too much cash with you in case it gets stolen, and also because Customs officers may take it from you due to official regulations.
If you’ve arranged with us or the school to be picked up, then after immigration, as soon as you come out into the main part of the airport, please look for your full name and the school logo on a sign that the driver will be holding. If, for some reason, you can’t find the driver, don’t worry. All you have to do is go to the information desk and ask the assistant to “put out a call to the school representative”. You can also call the driver yourself – remember that either your agent or we will have given you the driver’s phone number.
Before you travel, please let us know and also tell your host family what time you’re arriving at the airport – either by e-mail, fax or telephone. The school's Welfare and Accommodation Officer can give you your host family’s phone number and/or e-mail address. We’d recommend you to contact your host family before you travel (either by e-mail, fax, telephone or letter) to give you both a chance to get to know each other a little beforehand.
While you’re staying with your host family, you may notice some things which are different from your own culture and may seem strange, but remember that it’s all part of the experience of going abroad, as it helps to broaden our minds.
Don’t forget to be polite and say “please” and “thank you”, and please also ask before you use any food, drink or domestic appliances.
If you’re going out, it’s also important to tell your host family where you’re going and what time you’ll be back so that they don’t get worried about you.
It’s obviously important to make the most of this opportunity to learn as much of your target language as possible. That way, you’ll meet more people from different countries, have more fun, get to know more about the country and feel much more confident about your future with a good language level.
Please remember to:
• try to speak your chosen language as much as possible outside the classroom (and always in the class, of course)
• go to school every day in order to make as much progress as possible (otherwise you’ll feel lost if you’ve missed something important) – if your attendance is under 80%, you won’t get a certificate when you leave the school.
• get to class on time so that you take full advantage of the lessons.
• take clear notes and revise them every day, as this will help you in the progress tests every four weeks.
• do all the homework so that you can follow the class better the next day when you check it with your teacher – if you repeatedly don’t do your homework, you won’t get a certificate when you leave.
• get involved in as many extra activities as possible (for example, the weekly film afternoon, the school’s sports and social activities, parties, etc). This way you’ll meet more people, practise and improve your target language, and have more fun.
Please check the visa in your passport and the host country's Immigration website to see if you can work or how many hours you can work a week. If you don’t follow the regulations, you’ll get into serious trouble and may be deported.
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