5 Organisations International Students in the UK should know (2016)

Okay. There are many different international student organisations and organisations that help international students based in London and the UK that our foreign students need to know to make sure you’re well aided and supported should anything go wrong at university. And if you do find out (like many international students at universities do) that there are some issues universities are unwilling to help you out concerning as highlighted in my last post; then there are a handful of places you can look elsewhere to.

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“There are at least dozens of other international students in my class and others who are now facing deportation and receive very poor treatment/ customer service from Colleges and Universities (when they lose their license to sponsor students). We have fallen victims to the government’s populist policy to eject foreigners from the country, despit the evidence that we provide a net benefit to the UK.”

Please bear in my mind that due to the readily available information online of hardship funds ready to aid and support students from South America, North America, South East Asia, Russia and China; this article specifies funds that can support and aid all of these students but primarily African International Students.


What the UK government tells International Students:

“If you applied to come to the UK as a student, you might have had to show that you could pay the tuition fees for one year of your course and meet your living costs for a maximum of nine months. If your course is longer than this, you should have considered how you were going to cover your costs for the extra years, even if you did not have to prove this to the Home Office.”


1) HIGHWAY HOUSE (TOTTENHAM)

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Email: info@highwayhouse.co.uk | Phone: +44 (0) 208 808 4444 | Address: Unit 8, 2-8 Fountayne Road London, Tottenham, N15 4QL

Men of every nationality, from their early 20s to late 70s, are referred to the church by hospitals across London, including University College London hospitals, East London and City mental health trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’s and others. If you’re a student and you are facing housing difficulties then do checkout Highway House in Tottenham which helps destitute men and women from various backgrounds with food and shelter. Police give the church’s address to people who turn to them for help. The Reverend Pastor Alex Gyasi receives at least three phone calls a day from statutory charities, including the British Red Cross and the Refugee Council, asking him to take people in. Furthermore, international charity that endeavours to mobilise students from universities and training institutions in developing countries to go out into nearby poorer communities to teach less privileged children every Saturday and during school vacations. #GoodInitiative

“The increase in homelessness has coincided with a rise in the number of mature students taking advantage of student loans to get a degree and better jobs. But with no solid income or families or friends to guarantee their rents, they struggle to find a place to live.” (Hidden Homeless: Students ashamed to admit they’ve nowhere to sleep, Guardian: June 2016)


2) EDUCATING BEYOND BORDERS

Whilst the stats may be relatively unknown; the organisations that are working and seeking legal and financial help for International Students deserve a shout out; Educating Beyond Borders is one of them. For more information surrounding student cases, how you (as an international can be supported during your stay in the UK) do get in touch with them via Twitter here.

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Educating Beyond Borders is a NGO run entirely by volunteers. Their small army of volunteers can be found across the globe. Our focus is to support international students studying in the UK. They aim to break down all barriers to education, information, knowledge and empowerment and are passionate about international study and all the rich benefits that investors in British Higher education (international students) contribute.


 3) MOHAMEDALI KARIMJEES TRUST

The Mohamedali Karimjee Trust offers grants to students from African countries to study in the UK in the following subjects: Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Engineering and Computing, Law, Medicine, Health and Biomedical Sciences, Research Methods, Science and Maths and Social Sciences

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Eligibility: African students studying in the UK, Category: Both Undergraduate or Postgraduate,  Application Details: Eligible Students: Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

 {Applications in writing and must include a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Mrs E Gray, Assistant, Karimjee Jivanjee & Co UK, 21 Whitefriars Street London, EC4Y 8JJ, Tel: 020 7583 3768}

4) AFRICA EDUCATION TRUST:

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The African Educational Trust provides small grants for students of African descent studying in the UK. Though this work has reduced; it has not diminished. Over the course of their 56-year history they have shifted their focus from providing individual scholarships to students in the UK to supporting in-country education projects. Find out more about their key events, milestones and work here


5) NIGERIA LNG OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIP FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDY IN THE UK

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Course(s) Offered: Several fields, Course Level: Postgraduate (masters), Provider: Nigeria LNG Limited, Country to Study in: UK

Scholarship Description: The Nigeria LNG Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme, launched in October 2012, is an overseas programme aimed at supporting the emergence of indigenous experts, professionals or entrepreneurs especially; but not exclusively, within the oil and gas industry. Please note that the only students eligible for this aid are Nigerian Students studying Engineering, Geosciences, Environmental Sciences, Management Sciences, Medicine, Information Technology and Law in the UK.


 

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