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Student Experience: English as a Foreign Language course in London

Haven't quite got the English language test grades required by a university abroad? Read one student's EFL experience....

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Want to study at a university abroad but haven't quite got the required English skills to be accepted on to the course of your dreams? 

If you've taken an English language test like IELTS and haven't quite got the results expected by an overseas university you wish to enrol with, there are several options available to you - so don't worry too much!

As well as working on your English skills in your own time (check out our list of unusual tips to improve your skills), you can also enrol on an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) course at a university. 

You may even be able to study at the university you wish to study at later on – this can make applying to that course and the transition much easier.

Below we speak to Alejandra who studied on such a course prior to her higher education course. Find out what her EFL experience was like...

 

Meet Alejandra...

'My name is Alejandra and I am 25 years old. I first arrived in London to study a General English course, but I had already set my mind on making my way into university since the moment I landed. Studying this English course meant to me not only the possibility to communicate with other people, but also a way to build a new life for myself in this foreign country.'

 

My initial experience

'At the beginning I was extremely worried about the culture shock that moving to another country implies. I was aware of the major differences between my warm Latino culture and the rush and indifference that large cosmopolitan cities are notorious for. However, my school had a vibrant international community where people from all over the world got together sharing a common factor: being international students in London. It was not too long before I make good friends who ultimately became my family.'

 

My city

'Visiting museums, galleries, and generally, walking around London helped me to understand that there are many features that this city and my home city, Bogotá, share. It was just a matter of understanding the differences and getting along with them. Besides, London is an exciting city that offers thousands of possibilities to have fun. You can be anonymous and be whoever you want to be. My friend Steve says that London is a city where circumstances can change overnight! That’s exactly why living here is such an exhilarating experience.'

 

My course

'My English course provided me with the basic language tools I use in my daily life. It is important to have a good language basis before starting any university course as you can learn at your own pace and be constantly corrected and encouraged. Once you start at university, a certain level of English to face the challenge of academic life is expected from you and you will have to respond to it. During the time I was studying general English I had a flexible timetable and had autonomy to develop my skills my own way. Ultimately, gaining a good level of English is in your own benefit as it guarantees a better performance at university and better jobs in the future.'

 

My career

'Finally I made it to university to study a Latin American MA and I hope to become a journalist writing about current affairs in Latin America. I know it will be a long way before I get where I want to; however, all you need is willingness to work hard and consistently. After all, there is nothing you can’t achieve with hard work and conviction!'

 

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