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International students share lockdown tips

International students in the UK share how they’re managing life during coronavirus to provide you with inspiration and insight into the lives of others.

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Coronavirus is still affecting many people’s lives all around the world, with international students being no exception. Some study abroad programs have been cancelled, postponed or moved online which leaves some uncertainty for current and prospective students. So, to provide you with unique inspiration, insight and advice at this challenging time, we’ve partnered with UUKi to support international students in the UK.


What is UUKi?

Representing international students who want to study in the UK, UUKi is the international branch of Universities UK, acting as the voice for all UK universities.



UUKi reached out to current international students across different UK universities to share their personal experiences of studying abroad during coronavirus. This campaign, #WeAreTogether, aims to connect international students through an online community with messages of support, gratitude and solidarity. This work is just one aspect of the national effort in the UK to fight against the spread of Covid-19.


To showcase these voices, we’ve selected 5 of the UUKi student stories but you can find many more on the Wearetogether_UK Instagram account. These videos can be useful for any prospective or current student to better understand how others are managing their studies in the UK during coronavirus.


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With many students having to study from home as a result of Covid-19, it can be difficult to feel productive because you’re required to set your own schedule with perhaps less structure in your day. So, to avoid getting too bored or demotivated, try out some of Jessalyn’s activities such as online courses, cooking, workouts and video calls with friends.

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During lockdown Mohit has discovered the joy in simple activities such as skipping and bouncing a ping pong ball to keep calm and maintain his mental wellbeing. These tasks can be helpful for staying focused and also giving yourself a break in between studying.


For more advice on protecting your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, check out our comprehensive guide specifically for students.



A post shared by #WeAreTogether (@wearetogether_uk) on Jun 9, 2020 at 7:17am PDT



What does a typical day look like for international students in lockdown? Annabelle, a medical engineering student from Swansea University walks us through just that. To keep things interesting Annabelle alternates her workstation at home for a new perspective each day. She also surrounds herself with plants and enjoys being in her garden at lunchtime to add some variety to her day. One final tip from Annabelle is to stay connected with friends and family to help with feeling lonely or disconnected.


Want to know which tools are best for staying connected during coronavirus?  



A post shared by #WeAreTogether (@wearetogether_uk) 



Brunel University Student Union President, Ranjeet, discusses how he’s looking after his mental health at this time. Firstly, he suggests learning a new skill or developing a hobby, now that you have more time on your hands. He also proposes volunteering or donating to those in need during this challenging time.


On that note, if you are finding this a difficult time, make sure you take a look at our guide on how to overcome common challenges during coronavirus.



A post shared by #WeAreTogether (@wearetogether_uk) on May 22, 2020 at 9:49am PDT



Into Exeter students

In this video, you can hear from a few students studying at Into Exeter about how they keep busy on the weekends in lockdown. These students talk books, exercise, cooking and singing. Watch the video for more insight into their experience.



A post shared by #WeAreTogether (@wearetogether_uk) on May 30, 2020 at 1:00am PDT

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