International Students in London: “I Feel it’s a Stupidity”

Every year thousands of students come from abroad to start their studies in the UK but as the second lockdown seems more likely; has it affected the number of university applications?

Many University bosses expected to see a significant drop in international applications but according to The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), there has been a 9% increase in the number of undergraduate students from outside the UK and EU. It set a new record of over 44 thousand applicants. This number does not include the postgraduate applications, as students have to contact universities themselves to apply. 

However, there is a hanging cloud over the heads of international students, who came to London in September to start their studies but are facing a possible second lockdown.

“I feel it’s stupidity,” says Sebastian Braddock, 23, a postgraduate student studying MA International Journalism City University from Switzerland. “Young people are being blamed for not following the guidance rankles, especially given the UK government’s flouting of international law and the Cummings affair hypocrisy.”

We spoke to Elena Giuliano about her experience of coming to the UK to study. Picture by: Elena Giuliano.

Braddock predicts that universities in the UK will have to eventually offer partial refunds to their students if the classes on campus will be completely cancelled. 

He explained that the first lockdown had a toll on his mental health as the applications for graduate schemes and jobs were denied. Braddock chose to study in London as he had a group of friends already living here and the good reputation of City’s University.

Elena Giuliano, 25, came from Italy to pursue the career she always wanted and is currently a postgraduate student doing MA International Journalism at City University. “I would feel it as a waste of money if they took away the chance to move through the city meeting people and practising the basic skills [of journalism],” she explains. 

Giuliano spent her first lockdown in southern Italy where public health restrictions did not allow citizens to go outside. “I definitely won’t want to repeat such a frustrating experience,” she adds.

Mental Magazine would like to encourage all struggling students to reach out for help if needed. Helpline numbers can be found on our website or click on the link here.

Leave a Reply