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  Education UK e-newsletter
August 2014
 
 
15 - 16.8 Exhibition: Education UK exhibition

 

9.8 Seminar: Pre-departure briefing by the British Council
10.8 Seminar: Pre-departure and information seminars by University of Sussex International Study Centre
13.8 Seminar: Pre-departure briefing for University of Birmingham offer holders
17.8 Seminar: Pre-departure briefing for Aston University offer holders
17.8 Seminar: Pre-departure briefing by Royal Holloway, University of London
19.8 Seminar: Pre-departure briefing by University of Leeds
22.8 Seminar: Pre-departure briefing by the University of Edinburgh
27.8 Seminar: Parents' information evening by King's College London
29.8 Seminar: Pre-departure briefing by University of York
  Top tips for applying for a UK student visa in Hong Kong
  UK Visa application centre has moved
  Online publication: Guide to UK qualifications in Hong Kong
   

Friday - Saturday
15 - 16 August
13.00 - 19.00

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Exhibition: Education UK exhibition

Venue:

Rotunda 3, Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, Kowloon Bay

Enquiries & registration:

Call 2913 5100 or email enquiries@britishcouncil.org.hk

Students looking to study in the UK in the coming academic year, or who are planning their applications for early deadlines for the next year, should not miss this opportunity to:

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meet representatives from nearly 70 UK schools, colleges and universities for immediate enrolment opportunities

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attend a series of seminars, ranging from ‘How to choose the right course and university’ to ‘The UCAS applicant journey’

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find out about scholarship opportunities and tips on preparing for the IELTS test

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visit www.educationuk.org/hongkong for seminar programmes, a list of exhibitors and course vacancies for this September, and frequently asked questions

Pre-register online now at goo.gl/cfG0r5 and gain fast track entry into the exhibition!


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Saturday 9 August
14.30 - 16.00

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Seminar: Pre-departure briefing by the British Council

Venue:
Tin Ka Ping Lecture Theatre (LT 1), 4/F, Academic 1, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong
Enquiries: Call 2913 5100 or email enquiries@britishcouncil.org.hk
Registration: Register here

This briefing helps you prepare for your departure to the UK and provides practical information on visa, travel, accommodation, banking and other aspects of living in the UK. Education UK student ambassadors, who are currently studying in the UK, will also share their experiences of studying and living in the country.

Seats are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Conducted in English - Some segments in Chinese (with English translation if required).
By reservation only.


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Sunday 10 August
15.40 - 18.30
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Seminar: Pre-departure and information seminars by University of Sussex International Study Centre

Venue:

Room 307, 3/F, British Council Hong Kong, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Enquiries & registration:

Please email hkevents@studygroup.com

Website:

http://isc.sussex.ac.uk/

The University of Sussex International Study Centre (ISC) invites both prospective and enrolled students and parents to join them and a host of Sussex alumni at the British Council for an information seminar on Sunday 10 August. This is a great opportunity to find out more information about the Sussex ISC and receive useful pre-arrival information. Spaces are limited to +1 per student and requires registration in advance.

Please choose from one of the available timeslots below and send an email confirming the number of places required, along with your full name and ISC student ID, to hkevents@studygroup.com.

Session 1: 15.40 - 16.30
Session 2: 16.40 - 17.30
Session 3: 17.40 - 18.30

To be conducted in English. By reservation only.

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Wednesday 13 August
19.00 - 21.00

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Seminar: Pre-departure briefing for University of Birmingham offer holders

Venue:
Room 401, 4/F, British Council Hong Kong, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
Registration: Please register here
Website: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/International/students/country/Hong-Kong/index.aspx

The University of Birmingham has an exciting opportunity for you to attend our pre-departure briefing being held in Hong Kong on 13 August 2014. The presentation will enable you to find out lots of useful information about travelling to Birmingham, arriving at the university, student visas, accommodation and much more. You will also be able to meet and make friends with other students who will be studying at the university and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to ask our representatives any questions you may have.

Alexa Haslam (International Officer) and Claire Hawkins (BFA International Officer) will be presenting the pre-departure briefing.

This is an exciting opportunity for us to provide you with valuable information on how to prepare for your arrival here to study at one of the world's top universities and The Times UK University of the Year!

To be conducted in English. By reservation only.

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Sunday 17 August
12.30 - 14.30

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Seminar: Pre-departure briefing for Aston University offer holders

Venue:
Room 307, 3/F, British Council Hong Kong, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
Enquiries & registration: Email Katy Friend (International Office) at k.friend@aston.ac.uk
Website:

www.aston.ac.uk/international

Aston University will be holding a pre-departure briefing in Hong Kong this August and would like to invite offer holders to the event to find out all you need to know about becoming a student in the UK.  At the event you will have the opportunity to meet Robin Reeves who is an International Officer at Aston University. Robin will provide essential information such as what to pack, travel plans, what to expect on arrival, and much more. There will also be current Aston students at the event, and of course the chance to meet new friends who will also be coming to study at Aston University this year!

To register for the event, please email k.friend@aston.ac.uk and be sure to include your name, your email address and student ID number. Places are limited so sign up soon!

We look forward to meeting you at the pre-departure event, it will be a brilliant opportunity to get all the information you need about preparing to come to university and for you to pose questions to the International Office staff and current students.


To be conducted in English. By reservation only.

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Sunday 17 August
12.30 - 14.30
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Seminar: Pre-departure briefing by Royal Holloway, University of London

Venue:
Room 309, 3/F, British Council Hong Kong, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
Enquiries & registration: Email Aidan.OHalloran@RoyalHolloway.ac.uk
Website: www.royalholloway.ac.uk

Royal Holloway, University of London will be holding a pre-departure briefing session in Hong Kong on Sunday 17 August. The session will include a presentation providing new students with all the useful information they need to prepare for their journey to the UK. Students and parents will also have an opportunity to speak with Royal Holloway alumni about their experiences on the campus, as well as network with other new students. The session will be hosted by the Royal Holloway Regional Officer Zheng Yi and will take place from 12.30 to 14.30.

To be conducted in English. By reservation only.

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Tuesday 19 August
19.30 - 21.00

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Seminar: Pre-departure briefing by University of Leeds

Venue:
Room 401, 4/F, British Council Hong Kong, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
Enquiries & registration: Email internationaloffice@leeds.ac.uk
Website: www.leeds.ac.uk

We are pleased to inform you that the University of Leeds will be holding a special pre-departure briefing in Hong Kong for students holding an offer to study at the University of Leeds commencing in 2014.

The briefing will give you an excellent opportunity to obtain useful information for your preparations for coming to the university. It will also be a great chance for you to network with other offer holders from Hong Kong who will be coming to the University of Leeds. Our alumni and current students will also be present to share their experiences and insights.

The event will be hosted by Ms Jacqui Brown (Head of International Office) and Ms Julia Wang (International Marketing Manager).

To be conducted in English. By reservation only.

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Friday 22 August
19.00 - 21.00

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Seminar: Pre-departure briefing by the University of Edinburgh

Venue:
Room 401, 4/F, British Council Hong Kong, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
Enquiries & registration: Email lisachan.ed@gmail.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EUHKIS/

As an annual tradition, the University of Edinburgh welcomes all offer holders to our special pre-departure event in Hong Kong. This event will provide you with useful information on student life in Edinburgh (e.g. accommodation, banking, living costs), education, your career prospects, visa and matriculation procedures etc. Most importantly, all these information will be presented by selected current students from different degrees who are asked to share with you their unique and insightful view of Edinburgh from a student's perspective.

You will also have the opportunity to network with members from the University of Edinburgh Hong Kong International Society, and fellow offer holders.


To be conducted in English. By reservation only.

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Wednesday 27 August
19.00 - 21.00

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Seminar: Parents' information evening by King's College London

Venue:
Room 401, 4/F, British Council Hong Kong, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
Enquiries & registration: Please register here
Website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/international/yourcountry/hongkong/index.aspx

King’s College London, one of the top 20 universities in the world*, will be visiting the British Council Hong Kong on Wednesday 27 August. Parents of prospective students are invited to attend the event where King’s College London will be discussing successful applications, personal statements and the entry criteria of their many different degree programmes.

King’s College London was voted the Sunday Times 'Best University for Graduate Employment 2012-3' and has a distinguished reputation in health sciences, humanities, law and international affairs. The university currently has 26,000 students and is located in the city centre of London.

*QS World Rankings



To be conducted in English. By reservation only.

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Friday 29 August
19.00 - 20.30

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Seminar: Pre-departure briefing by University of York

Venue:
Room 401, 4/F, British Council Hong Kong, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
Enquiries & registration: Please register here
Website: www.york.ac.uk/

To help you prepare for studying at the University of York, International Officer Gwion Sims will be holding a pre-departure briefing in Hong Kong. The presentation will cover what to think about before you leave home and what to expect on arrival in the UK and on campus. You will also have the opportunity to hear from some of the current members of our Hong Kong Student Society, have the chance to ask questions, and also to meet other offer-holders who will be studying at York.

To be conducted in English. By reservation only.

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Top tips for applying for a UK student visa in Hong Kong

If you are heading to the UK to study this year, read the top tips given by the British Consulate-General Hong Kong on making a Tier 4 student visa application.

www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/top-tips-for-applying-for-a-uk-student-visa-in-hong-kong


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UK Visa application centre has moved

From 21 March 2014, VFS Global will take over the operation of the Visa Application Centre (VAC) of the British Consulate General in Hong Kong.

All UK visas, including student visas, will be processed at the new VAC located on 15/F, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay. The new VAC will operate extended opening hours from 08.00 to 15.00 (08.00 to 18.00 during the summer peak season).

For details, please visit www.gov.uk/world/hong-kong
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Guide to UK qualifications in Hong Kong

Online publication: Guide to UK qualifications in Hong Kong

Staying close to friends and family, flexibility, work commitments and career development are all reasons why in Hong Kong might be the right choice for you.

With over 700 UK courses offered in Hong Kong, ranging from postgraduate, undergraduate degree, sub-degree and vocational, there is an offering available for everyone.

The British Council Guide to UK qualifications in Hong Kong is a convenient reference that includes a course directory, institution profiles, and other useful information such as explaining what studying non-local courses involves, and how to fund your study.

Click here to read the Guide.


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Monday 11 August
15.00 - 16.00

 

INTO University Partnerships - Pathway Programmes

Venue:
Education UK Office, Unit B & C, 18/F, Lockhart Centre, 301-307 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Organiser:
Education UK
Staff:
Ms. Carol Chan (Assistant Regional Manager)
Enquiries & reservation:
Call 2525 9849 or email hongkong@edu-uk.net
   
Wednesday 13 August
15.00 - 16.00

 

Student Interview: Heriot-Watt University

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Wednesday 13 August
16.00 - 17.00

 

Student Interview: University of Leicester

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Thursday 14 August
16.00 - 19.00

 

Last Call for Application to UK Universities 2014

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Thursday 14 August
16.00 - 19.00

 

Student Interview (list of institutions)

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Saturday 16 August
08.45 - 18.00

 

IELTS Examination - Academic Module

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Monday 18 August
10.00 - 12.00

 

Aberystwyth University

Venue:
Education UK Office, Unit B & C, 18/F, Lockhart Centre, 301-307 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Organiser:
Education UK
Staff:
Mr. Nick Strong (Director of International & External Affairs)
Ms. Rachel Davey (Director, International English Centre)
Enquiries & reservation:
Call 2525 9849 or email hongkong@edu-uk.net
   
Tuesday 19 August
13.00 - 14.00

 

Student Interview: Brighton College

Venue:
Unit 707, AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Organiser:
Aston Education
Enquiries & reservation:
   
Tuesday 19 August
15.00 - 16.00

 

University of Brighton

Venue:
Education UK Office, Unit B & C, 18/F, Lockhart Centre, 301-307 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Organiser:
Education UK
Staff:
Alicia Zaman (International Officer)
Enquiries & reservation:
Call 2525 9849 or email hongkong@edu-uk.net
   



   
 

Top Tips for your IELTS test

Each month we bring you Top Tips to help you prepare for the IELTS test - your passport to studying overseas. You can find more learning resources at http://www.britishcouncil.hk/en/exam/ielts, as well as test dates and online registration. Here are this month¡¦s tips:

Reading
Do:
Look carefully at the title of the passage and any subtitles and illustrations it may have. You can get a quick idea of what the passage is about from these.
Don't: Don't go back to the beginning of the passage for each question when you know from the task type that the answers will come in the order of the information in the passage.

Writing
Do: Remember that Writing Task 2 carries more marks, so you need plenty of time to answer it.

Don't: Don't use note form or bullet points.

Listening
Do: Write all your answers as you listen. Remember, you won't hear the recording a second time.
Don't: Don't write more than the maximum number of words or letters allowed for each answer.

Speaking
Do: Practise speaking for two minutes for the long turn in Part 2.
Don't: Don't worry if the examiner stops you in Part 2. It means you have spoken enough, and s/he has to keep to the timing of the test.
 

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