‘Sadly, I don’t feel at home…here’
International students at Seething Wells campus speak out on the seclusion as the study year draws to a close.There around 3,800 international students currently studying at Kingston University, with a sixth of the students residing at the campus.
Many of the students have come from all over the world to get their degrees from adult nursing to sport science.
‘We are regressing as a society’
Third-year International Relations student, Umoh Victor, 24, has come from his home-land Accra, Ghana to complete his University education, and has dreams of working in the United Nations.
Speaking on the subject of international students feeling not included, Victor is very vocal and went on to say: ”There is no one student body at this campus. It is a very separated student society. There is no caring, there is no inclusiveness. There is cliques, and it shows when you walk into the campus. Many people will stick with people of their own background, race or even religion. It’s sad how we are regressing as a society.”
‘Put yourself in our shoes’
The Language barrier is another concern as most international students struggle not only with speaking the language, but encompassing the culture of popular slang, colloquialisms, and English-based terms.
Changxuan Li, 21, a first-year student from China, living at the campus reflects on when he came to the country, and the English language said: ”When I came here, I really struggled. I could speak basic English, but when it came to being professional, and understanding terms it was very hard. Most students were very kind to take their time with me, but I feel others were using my struggles as a joke.”
‘We will help all our students any way we can’
However, international students do feel reassured at Kingston University as it is one of the few education establishments in the country to take care of their students.
With an advisory centre for the international students, the University takes precaution of all the students studying from abroad.
According to UKCISA, UK Council for International Student Affairs, many international students have contacted the about anxiety international students feel when trying to fit into, not only the University but the country.
The organisation urges students to contact their local advisor to prevent students from feeling any sort of disconnect.
Written by Nafisa Haje