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Guidance for international students

Expert guidance from the Library and Study Advice at the University of Reading

Introduction

students graduatingThe term 'international students' may seem a bit of a simplification. It can cover a huge variety of different experiences. You may be a native English speaker, or still learning the language. You may have lived in the UK for some time, and even studied here previously - or you may be completely new to the culture and expectations of universities in the UK. You may be studying on a course where there are a lot of other students from your home country, or you may be the only one.

For international students, preparing for success in UK study means more than just learning the language. You will have many questions about the culture and expectations of universities in the UK which can be quite different to what you have been used to. Even if you've been successful when studying in your home country, you will need to develop and adapt the way you study to succeed in the UK.

In this guide, we aim to show you some of the ways that the Library and Study Advice can help you to understand the expectations of your tutors when studying in the UK, and support you in developing the skills and knowledge you need to study successfully. There is also some information about building your cultural and language skills that may make you feel more at home as a valued part of the University community.

We have plenty of suggestions that can help - but do remember that you can always get in touch with the Study Advice team or your Liaison Librarian if you have more questions.