Testimonials from Students and Parents
Testimonials – UK Long Term
(ไทย) คุณอุไร มั่นหมั่น (คุณแม่) และ คุณณัฐฐิตา มีหลักชัย (พี่สาว)
(ไทย) คุณเทวินทร์ และคุณอมรรัตน์ มโนรัตนวงศ์
(ไทย) คุณวิวัฒน์ และคุณรุจิระ เตชะกิจเกรียงไกร
(ไทย) คุณวิรัช และชญาภา พงศ์ฉบับนภา
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Siri - VaralakSaenajakorn
Parents of Titaj Saenajakorn (Taj)
We both wanted to send our child to study English abroad and hence we started discussing with CETA, given that CETA represents many high schools and could give us expert advice.
We informed CETA that we wanted Taj to study at a coeducational boarding school. CETA shortlisted 7-8 schools not far from London for us. From which, I chose to enroll Taj into Warminster School
During the first week Taj informed me that he was quite lonely but fortunately the teachers and students on campus were very friendly and helped him make the necessary adjustments very quickly. After a month, Taj started enjoying school a lot more.
Taj struggled a bit with the subject but the school offers help for foreign students such a follow-up study session which helped him catch up. We also constantly received reports about his progress. Other than that, I made sure Taj knew he has my full support and encouraged him to play sports with friends.
The British education system is based on letting the children study practical knowledge and promotes critical thinking. This is what I preferred over simply memorizing the subject materials.
Having a Guardian take care of your child while he/she is studying abroad is very important and necessary. In emergency cases when the parents could not be contact and are very far way, the Guardian are there to represent the parents. Whenever I have any concern, I could also contact the Guardian and it would be taken care of very quickly.
For anyone who are planning to send their Children to study overseas, I recommend to learn in detail what each school has to offer and select the best school that matches your child’s needs. Some schools are heavily focused on academics while others put emphasis on sports. Your child should also have a say when selecting the school so that her/his interests are also addressed.
Somchai Komolpanthip - Kwanjai Khamna
We were introduced to CETA by a friend and must say we are completely delighted with the service that was provided, especially the great care that was given to Tae.
After discussing with CETA’s consultants, we decided to enroll Tae into Bishopstrow College since his English skills were still quite weak. The teachers and his classmates were very supportive and helped him to catch up. The supportive environment helped Tae to more rapidly adapt. Bishopstrow College encourages sports and since Tae loves sports, the school really was the best choice for him. Playing sports is a great way to make friends.
For other parents, I’d like to share that I feel the most important aspect when deciding to send your child to study abroad is research. This is where CETA could step in to help you. With so many schools to choose from and all the details about the education program, you could quickly get lost in the details. CETA has already done the research and can advise you right away based on criteria, a shortlist of schools for you to consider. Moreover, CETA could also coordinate with the school from start until your child graduates on your behalf.
Khun Pimsuda Suluxanan
I discovered CETA when I was browsing the Internet, looking for schools for my children. I started by looking for around 2 to 3 agencies and then did research on the agencies. In the process, I found that some agencies didn’t have much time to discuss details with me, while some wasn’t really able to address some of my concerns. In the end, I met with a CETA staff and was very impressed with the level of attention and support that was provided. When I started discussing with CETA, I was pretty much clueless about study abroad programs. After many discussions and phone calls to CETA, asking for more information and the great support that was provided even before we made any payment, I was very impressed. In the end, I sent all 3 of my students to study overseas via CETA.
All 3 of my children were enrolled into Bromsgrove School. I was very anxious and worried a lot about them, especially my younger son who was only 6 years old. At that time, their English wasn’t very strong either. My daughter was very homesick. I advised them to keep an open mind, be patient and try to adapt with other children at school. After a while, my daughter began to adapt quite well and also took care of her little brother. My eldest son is quite responsible so I wasn’t too worried about him. The school staff and teachers are also very attentive to the children’s well-being. The school dormitory is also well attended and there are strict rules to abide by which are placed for the children’s safety. Staying at the dormitory allowed my children the chance to make English language conversation with their friends which helped them to connect better as well.
What made me confident in sending all three of my children to UK for schooling is because of the high educational standards. I think the teaching style is quite open-minded and encourages critical thinking for the children. The combination of academics and extracurricular activities also blends well to help the children discover themselves and their aptitude. Some mark improvements I have seen from my children is their English language skills, reasoning and confidence. They showed more confidence in their opinions and were much more assertive.
As a mother to another mother, I want to recommend that before you entrust your children’s education with any agency, you really should go talk to the staff and administration in detail first. The agency’s attitude is an important factor in placing your child in the correct school.
At the moment Gabriel is studying at Trinity School, which is located by the sea. The school has a large sports field, a gym and separate dorms for boys and girls. There are also teachers on campus at all times to take care of the children.
The teaching and learning style in the UK is different from Thailand; which is heavily focused on memorization. The UK teaching style encourages children to voice their opinions. Homework involved a lot of self-study and research to deliver answers in summary form, written according to each child’s own understanding from their research.
One of the most important tasks for us was to help Gabriel adapt to the new learning style well by providing good morale support. In the beginning Gabriel would talk with me on the phone every day. After a while we saw that Gabriel developed on many fronts from becoming much more independent and responsible to being more reasonable and better at prioritizing.
We felt that having Gabriel board with his classmates at the school dorm was a good choice because it really helped him develop good self-discipline, such as timeliness. Staying in the same room with other international friends also became an opportunity for Gabriel to practice English and learn how to stay with others and the concept of personal space.
Sending my child to study at a developed country, I feel would also provide him with better education standards and a better community of friends. While Gabriel was away from us, we saw lots of improvement in his personal development such as more responsibility and of course independence.
Wiwat - Ruejera Techakijkreangkrai
Father – Wiwat Techakijkreangkrai
Mother – Ruejera Techakijkreangkrai
Parents of Pichaya Techakijkreangkrai (Bam) studying at Harrogate Ladies’ College, UK
When my eldest son went to study in Australia, we received all the information and advices from CETA, hence when we were going to send our daughter to the UK, we contacted CETA again. Before recommending schools to us, CETA first checked our requirements and then got back with a shortlist. The main reason we chose Harrogate Ladies’ College is because it is an all-girls boarding school, so we felt this was the way to go for our daughter. This way, our daughter would receive close care from the teacher. The school has a fence surrounding the entire campus. I didn’t have to worry too much about her safety or about traveling back and from school. By staying at the school with other students, it would also give her the opportunity to practice speaking in English with her friends.
At the moment, Bam has been studying at Harrogate Ladies’ College for a year. In the beginning she had some problems adapting to the new environment, including the different lifestyle living abroad. She has since adapted very well and I’m not that worried anymore. In terms of self-development, so far I’ve seen that she became much more responsible and has improved her English skills a lot. She also seems to enjoy studying more and has a brighter outlook towards life in general.
Both of us, father and mother would not be able to take care of Bam while she is in UK. This is where CETA’s Guardian stepped in to help. With a Guardian to take care of Bam, we didn’t have to worry so much and were more at ease with her safety, knowing someone else is there to represent us. Her Guardian also helped to coordinate accommodation for Bam during school break whenever she isn’t traveling back to Thailand.
For other parents who are interested in sending their child to study in England, I would like to recommend starting by checking if your child is ready in terms of Language skills and independence. Most importantly is how determine is your child him/herself in going to study abroad. Studying abroad is however something I would recommend because it really helps our child to develop better English skills as well as independence and becoming more responsible.
(ไทย) น้องใบเตย - ฐิติกานต์ อังคนาพร
ฐิติกานต์ อังคนาพร (ใบเตย)
กำลังศึกษาอยู่ที่ Harrogate Ladies’ College ระดับชั้น Year 9
Q : เพราะอะไรถึงตัดสินใจไปเรียนอังกฤษ
เพราะว่าใบเตยเรียนที่ Shrewsbury International school ซึ่งเป็นระบบ British Curriculum มาตั้งแต่เล็กเลยค่ะ และเป็นหลักสูตรที่รู้จักและเป็นที่ยอมรับทั่วโลกค่ะ คุณพ่อคุณแม่เชื่อว่าการไปเรียนที่ประเทศอังกฤษจะเป็นประโยชน์กับการเรียน และช่วยพัฒนาภาษาอังกฤษของหนูค่ะ
หลักในการเลือกโรงเรียน คุณพ่อคุณแม่จะเป็นคนเลือกค่ะ ขอเป็นโรงเรียนที่ผลการเรียนดี และสำคัญที่สุดคือมีกิจกรรมให้ทำหลากหลาย มี Facilities ที่ครบครัน และมีสภาพแวดล้อมที่เหมาะสมกับการเรียนด้วยค่ะ เพราะเราจะต้องเรียนและใช้ชีวิตอยู่ที่นั้นให้มีความสุขค่ะ
คนอังกฤษเป็นมิตรค่ะ เพื่อนๆก็น่ารัก ช่วยเหลือเกื้อกูลเป็นอย่างดีค่ะ เพื่อนชาวอังกฤษพยายามที่จะเข้าใจเราซึ่งเป็นนักเรียนต่างชาติที่ต้องมาเรียนห่างไกลบ้าน หนูรู้สึกดีและประทับใจเพื่อนๆชาวอังกฤษมากเลยค่ะ ส่วนคุณครูก็เอาใจใส่ดี และใจดีด้วยค่ะ ที่นี่ทุกๆคนเหมือนครอบครัวเดียวกันค่ะ เรารู้จักกันหมดค่ะ ทั้งรุ่นพี่รุ่นน้อง โรงเรียนที่เตยอยู่ไม่ได้ใหญ่มากค่ะ อบอุ่นเหมือนบ้านค่ะ คุณครูทุกคนดูแลพวกเราเหมือนอยู่บ้านค่ะ
ต้องมีการปรับตัวแน่นอนค่ะ คือก่อนที่เตยจะมา ก็ค้นหาดูตาม Internet ทั้งเรื่องอากาศ เพราะว่าต้องเตรียมเสื้อผ้าที่เหมาะสมกับสภาพากาศค่ะ รวมทั้งวัฒนธรรมที่แตกต่าง เพราะฉะนั้น การที่เราจะเข้ากับคนอื่นได้เราต้องเปิดใจค่ะ แล้วก็พูดเยอะๆเลยค่ะ พูดคุยกับทุกคนแล้วจะช่วยให้เราได้เพื่อนใหม่ๆที่นี่ค่ะ แล้ว ถ้าเตยทำอะไรผิดหรือบางอย่างที่ไม่เหมาะสม หมายถึงอาจไปกระทบ หรือไม่สมควรในวัฒนธรรมของเขา เพื่อนๆนี่ละค่ะจะคอยบอกเราว่าอย่างนี้ไม่ควรทำค่ะ อย่างเช่นกฎของโรงเรียน เขาจะคอยบอกเราค่ะ เช่น ต้องลงชื่อเข้าออก ห้ามเล่นโทรศัพท์ ตั้งแต่กี่โมงถึงกี่โมงค่ะ บางครั้งก็แค่ต้องช่วยๆกันเตือนกันค่ะ
ที่อังกฤษเตยไม่รู้สึกกดดันนะคะ การเรียนการสอนไม่เคร่งเครียดจนเกินไปค่ะ คุณครูที่นี่สอนให้เข้าใจมากๆเลยค่ะ และสอนให้เรารู้จักวิธีการรับมือกับปัญหาต่างๆด้วยค่ะ
โรงเรียนมีกิจกรรมให้ทำอยู่ตลอดเลยค่ะ และ Activity Clubs มากมายให้เลือก มี Music House เหมือนเป็นตึกที่สอนดนตรีโดยเฉพาะ นอกจากนั้นยังมี Sport Hall มีสระว่ายน้ำในร่มด้วยค่ะ และก็สนามที่เอาไว้เล่น Lacrosse ค่ะ
ที่โรงเรียนจะมีเหมือน Clinic ค่ะ คือ นักเรียนทุกคนสามารถไปพบคุณครู เมื่อมีข้อสงสัยหรือปัญหาในวิชาเรียนต่างๆ กับครูรายวิชานั้นได้ในช่วงพักกลางวันแต่ถ้าหากว่าเราไม่สามารถเข้าไปตามตารางของ Clinic ได้ เราก็ยังสามารถขอนัดพบคุณครูเป็นการส่วนตัวได้ค่ะ
Q: Boarding House เป็นอย่างไร
โรงเรียนที่เตยอยู่จะแบ่งเป็น House ค่ะ เป็นตึกที่อยู่ประมาณ 4 ชั้น อยู่ 4 ตึก ก็จะมีห้องนั่งเล่น เป็นส่วนกลาง และก็มีห้องครัวเล็กอยู่ค่ะ สามารถทำอาหารได้แต่ต้องขออนุญาตคุณครูผู้คุมหอพักก่อนนะคะ แต่หากไม่ต้องการทำอาหาร ก็มีเครื่องปิ้งขนมปัง Microwave แต่โดยปกติแล้วทางโรงเรียนก็มี Catering อยู่ประจำอยู่แล้วค่ะ ส่วนห้องนอนจะอยู่ชั้นบนค่ะ ในหอพักจะมีคุณครู หรือผู้คุมหออยู่ตลอดเวลาค่ะ ที่นี่กฎระเบียบอาจเยอะกว่าที่บ้านเรา กฎระเบียบทำให้เราพัฒนาตนเองให้อยู่ร่วมกับผู้อื่นค่ะ อย่างเช่นการทำห้องให้เรียบร้อยเก็บข้าวของให้เป็นที่เป็นทาง เราไม่ต้องทำความสะอาดเองแต่ต้องเก็บของค่ะ
เตยชอบไปเดินเล่นในเมืองค่ะ แต่ต้องหลังจากที่ทำการบ้านเสร็จแล้วนะคะ เนื่องจากอยู่ไม่ไกลเมืองมากเลยไปได้ค่ะ แต่ต้องไปกับเพื่อนเท่านั้นค่ะ ห้ามไปคนเดียวค่ะ แล้วที่สำคัญต้องขออนุญาต Housemistress ว่าจะไปไหน อย่างไร กลับกี่โมง ต้องกลับมาให้ตรงเวลานะคะ ถ้าไม่อย่างนั้นจะไม่ได้ไปอีกค่ะ หรือมีบทลงโทษต่างๆตามลำดับ ส่วนที่โรงเรียนก็มีกิจกรรมมากมาย เช่น Weekend activities ให้เลือกทำ หรือจะเป็นกิจกรรมในหอ อย่าง Saturday movie night
มีพยาบาลประจำที่ห้องพยาบาลตลอดเลยค่ะ และมีคุณหมอมาในบางวันด้วย เราสามรถขอคุณครูไปห้องพยาบาลได้ แล้วถ้าหากไม่สบายมากๆ เราสามารถลาหยุดได้ค่ะ
Q: คำแนะนำดีๆ จากนักเรียนมัธยมอังกฤษ
เตยว่าการมาเรียนที่เมืองนอกไม่ได้ยาก หรือแตกต่างจนเกินไปอย่างที่คุณคิด คุณแค่ต้องเปิดใจ เปิดรับเพื่อนใหม่ๆ มันจะเป็นประสบการณ์ที่ดีมากๆ เลยค่ะ คุณจะได้เรียนรู้ในสิ่งใหม่ๆที่คุณไม่เคยคิดว่าจะชอบและไม่เคยสัมผัสมาก่อน ทุกสิ่งรอบตัวจะช่วยให้คุณพัฒนาทุกๆทักษะ มีความรับผิดชอบมากขึ้น มีการจัดการแบ่งเวลาของตัวเองที่ดีขึ้น เพราะอยู่ที่นี่ไม่มีคุณพ่อคุณแม่มาคอยบอกว่าต้องทำอะไร หรือไม่ควรทำอะไร เราต้องโตขึ้น เรียนรู้ และพร้อมที่จะเจอกับสิ่งใหม่ๆค่ะ
(ไทย) เถลิงเกียรติ เกียรติชัยพัฒน
(ไทย) น้องเต็งหนึ่ง พีรวิชญ์ ศศลักษณานนท์
Trin - Chattrin Suksasilp
I studied at Rydal Penrhos School during my Year 13 education. I knew Rydal Penrhos from UK Education Exhibition organized by British Council. At the event, I had an opportunity to meet and had conversations with Head Master and Deputy Head. As a result, I received the school information and the scholarship program. The school requested for the student’s previous academic performance and held a scholarship examination, responsible by CETA. An inspiration leading me to intend my studies in UK is that I am interested in psychology and UK is well-renowned for this field of study. Moreover, I used to study in UK before. With no surprise, I decided to study in UK. In terms of school evaluation, I determined tuition fees, boarding and schools. In case of Rydal Penrhos School, my first impression was my first school tour and I was granted the scholarship. No wonder, I definitely chose to study here.
As a scholarship student, I have to say that fundamental English proficiency is crucial. In addition, academic performance and extra-curricular activities are important. For me, I always prepare and sharpen my skills as I am preparing for IGCSE this year. The current academic year is my last one so I have to study quite hard for university admission. Besides, I have a lot of projects and other school activities to take care of. Rugby is a popular school activity as there are school-level rugby contests. However, I am a music lover. So, I decided to be a drummer. Fortunately, the school had few drummers at the time. Thus, I had a great chance to play with every school bands. It was such a great experience for me. In addition, I participated in drama plays. Also, I am interest in sailing which is not available in Thailand.
Speaking of the school ambience, everything is good. The friends are nice. The teachers are helpful. The teachers help me for my university advice and letter recommendation. In term of Boarding, living in a boarding makes me learn various cultures from foreign friends and I can understand wide perspectives understand others and apply theories to realities. Also, living in a boarding adjusts myself socially including social activities and time-management. The boarding staffs are also great, provide advice and ask my life as if they were my parents. I feel grateful and warm.
Studying in UK provides me knowledge including French. I gain more responsibility and understand others more. For my study, activity and living tips, I would say good time management is required. In addition, reviewing course syllabus before the new semester begins helps preparing oneself a lot.
Currently, I am interested in choosing Psychology & Linguistics as studying at Rydal makes me knowing a lot of people among different environments. This is the starting point making me wish to study psychology. At present, I am accepted by five universities I apply for. According to UCAS, “I am able to choose two universities for my final decision – Psychology & Linguistics at Oxford University and Psychology at Durham University.”
I would like to deliver the students who are interested in studying abroad that courage is important. When a chance comes to you, you should not dare to grab it. When you are not surrounded by opportunities, you have to take yourselves to the place surrounded by opportunities. Don’t dare to do what you never do. Furthermore, I think studying in UK provides independence in studying as the students are able to learn only the subjects they are interested in. This is appropriate for the students who wish for in-depth study./p>
Bromsgrove has some of the best teacher in my opinion. Every Saturday I was offered to join a special tutoring session to help me catch up. The school campus is very beautiful and relaxing to study in. Although, the school structure is a bit old, there was no lack of facilities to aid with our studies be it a fully equipped computer room, cafeteria, sports center and study room.
In the beginning, there were times I felt lonely because I haven’t really made any friend and I didn’t dare talk to the other students. But it wasn’t long before I became familiar with the other students and the routine living at the school dorm. I quickly learned how to live with others, have respect for others’ space, took care that my quarters is clean and hygienic as well as become much more responsible. The dorm teacher was very kind. Whenever I was stressed out, the teacher would ask me if I was alright. In addition, the school dorms had House Parents who provides advice and consultation.
When adapting, I had to first consider my behavior to fit in with the new culture. I feel that the UK is a great place to further your studies. The weather is wonderful and for me personally, being away from home gave me space to discover and better understand myself.
Studied at Warminster School, UK
The school that I went to is a long established school and very spacious. The students are very friendly and casual with each other. Warminster School has very large sports field for various sports such as football, hockey, cricket, and softball as well as a swimming pool. I got the chance to participate in the many activities and competitions including running, football, ping pong and started a band with my friends.
Staying at the school housing was also a great learning experience which taught me punctuality, taking more responsibility for myself and my actions as well as how to adapt to different environments and personalities. The teacher at the dorm was also always helpful and attentive to the students. Each house also has dedicated tutors to help us review what was taught and guide us when we get stuck with our homework.
I also had a Guardian with whom I talked a lot with. I would suggest friends who are planning on going to study abroad to have a Guardian because when we run into any problems or fall ill, our Guardian would be immediately available to help us.
I’m not going to lie and say everything is easy breezy. In the beginning, settling in can be challenging on every front, from the language barrier to adapting. However, it doesn’t take long before you begin to familiarize yourself with the new routine. The consultants at CETA were very helpful and went to great extends to help me settle in.
Studying in UK is very different from studying in Thailand. In UK, the focus is on helping the children understand the logic and idea behind each concept as well as develop analytical skills; while at the same time to learn by participating in various activities. There was always some sort of activity after school which was mostly playing sports. The teachers were very attentive and supportive of all students. When we have questions or have some problems, the teachers were always approachable. The teachers were more like seniors who aided us in our learning and development and friends when we encountered problems we needed consultation about. All it takes is for foreign students like me to build the courage to approach the teachers and engage with all the other students.
Bromsgrove is a very big school with lots of open space for various activities. The school ground is surrounded by lots of trees and there is a big swimming pool as well. There is also a fitness center, an outdoors sports field and an abundance of sport equipment which was open for students to borrow anytime. Bromsgrove School is highly suitable for anyone who loves playing sports.
Life at a boarding school encouraged me to take care of myself, have more patience as well as to adapt better. In the beginning I cried for weeks. I doubted myself that I would be able to survive. I was also very homesick and was worried about the school work. I even asked my father once if I could come back to Thailand. However, my father advised me to be strong and give it a bit more time. He was right, after a while, I began to adapt. Whenever I felt homesick, I would call home to talk to my family and before long I started to enjoy living on my own and studying at Bromsgrove School. When I think back, if I had decided to go back to Thailand, that would’ve been a mistake and something I may regret.
Studying abroad without our parents around is challenging and trying. Sometimes you may feel very lonely, but I believe that if I made it through with adapting to the new environment, then everyone else could also. Time makes everything easier. For friends planning on going abroad, if you ever feel like you cannot make it, just give it a bit more time. I also recommend studying preparatory English classes before leaving the country. Practice speaking a lot so that when you do arrive at an English speaking country to study, you have more confidence and would not be afraid to talk to others.
I’ve been studying at Bromsgrove School for about 1 year already when I wrote this piece. Academic study wasn’t that difficult and there were lots of activities to join at the school. The school has very large indoors and outdoors fields for playing sport. The teachers are very caring and the boarding house I stayed at had really modern facilities. I shared a big room with six other students. We related well with each other and staying at the school dorm actually encouraged me to do my homework every evening as well. Some of the teachers also stayed around after school hours to further help us with the coursework. After a while, I adapted to the new routine and environment. The food was really good and new menus to choose from every day.
There are many benefits for studying in the UK. Firstly, I got to practice my English skills and I exercised a lot more that when I was in Thailand; which made me much better in sports. I got to meet new friends from different countries as well. Although, studying abroad meant being far away from home and from our family, it has been quite an experience for me.
My dream was to have the chance to study abroad and the UK is known for the top educations system throughout the world. Hence, I decided study at Westbourne School for the Year 10 and 11 GCSE course. CETA was a huge help during my entire application process and more; all the way until I completed my GCSE exams.
Westbourne is a medium size school and as such, everyone on campus knew each other. The school atmosphere is relaxing and everyone was kind. All the students were helpful towards each other and there was really no competition. Studying at Westbourne School was very emotionally fulfilling and I didn’t have to stress over group dynamics. I got to focus my attention fully on studies only.
It was also the first time I went to a boarding school. I felt really proud of myself that I was able to make decisions and take full responsibility of myself. I cooked and did the laundry all by myself whereas back home there was always someone else doing these chores for me. Most importantly, I found that staying on my own required me to have good self-discipline and time management. When it’s time to relax, then I do. But when it’s time to study, there was no excuse for myself either. The experience made me become a much more responsible person.
My first challenge to adapt to the new environment was to share the same room with a complete stranger. We eventually became friends and although we weren’t that close, we were able to support each other and cooperate well while we shared the room. My roommate was from Spain and we were in fact in the same Year group and classroom.
The staff at the boarding house was very attentive of all students and frequently asked if we were alright. Staying at Westbourne boarding school was like another big family for me. Every dorm also had a blog for the students to login and write whatever we wanted to. This way, our parents could also see what we publish and be a part of our journey. Our parents could also contact the school staff anytime over the phone to check on our well-being.
How lessons are delivered is very different between Thailand and in the UK. In the UK, students were taught to think for themselves and analyse what’s being taught. However in Thailand, the focus was more on memorizing. In the UK, the teachers were also more open to allowing students to raise their hand in class to inquire whenever they have a question. Students were also encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas that may differ from the teacher’s. In addition, whenever we get stuck or couldn’t catch up with the lesson plan, we could always consult with our teachers.
Before enrolling into Chaucer Technology College, I went on a Summer Course with CETA as well as took an English Language course at Concorde International in Canterbury. It was my first time travelling abroad and I was very excited. I made a lot of new friends and experience the British culture first hand. The experience was priceless.
Previously I stayed with a host family to practice my English with native speakers which was very effectively for me. As such, I decided to go to England for the entire GCSE course; to study Year 10 and 11 abroad. I studied a total of 8 subjects, 4 of which are compulsory and 4 electives. Compulsory subjects are those such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English. There were foreign languages and many elective subjects to choose from such as: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Geography, History, Design technology (DT), Religious studies (RS), Business studies (BS), PE, Drama and Music. Every week, I would receive at homework from at least 3 of the subjects.
In the beginning, I had some difficulties adapting because my English wasn’t fluent but once I made more friends, I started to improve. This is because the language used among the students is predominantly English. Most of the students are from the UK. There were about 20 students from China, 4 Thais and the rest were from Italy, Spain, Germany, Vietnam, America and Russia.
The school atmosphere is very nice and offers lots of shades from the trees surrounding the school grounds. The city of Warminster offers lots of nature and good weather. The only downside is that it could get very cold during winter. The school itself offers full facilities. The food was alright and there were bathrooms at different ends of the school. At the school dorms, there was a scheduled homework session from 19:00 – 21:00 PM. Students were also able to do their homework during lunch hour and break time at the library.
In the beginning, I felt a bit uncomfortable staying with strangers in a shared bedroom but over time I got used to it. My roommate is from Britain and we lived together for 2 years. All the students at the school dorm were considerate of each other, accepting and we learned to become interdependent of each other.
There were dormitory rules I had to follow such as being punctual and having a time management plan. Many times, I find myself behind and have difficulty keeping up with the other students but the teacher at the dorm was always helpful and supported me to go the extra mile to catch up. The teacher at the dorm was also very attentive about students’ health and took care of us if we got ill. I spend most of my break time at the gym or playing on the field with some friends.
I learned a lot of things from studying abroad at the UK, from experiencing a new way of living and polishing up on my English skills, to learning survival skills, how to adapt well and most importantly, to make my own decisions.
I am currently a student at Trinity School Teignmouth – Lower Sixth Form starting from about a year ago. Before beginning my studies in England, I took special preparation classes.
The area surrounding Trinity School is beautiful. Most students chose to study between 3 – 4 subjects. I myself chose to study 3 subjects given that I feel that if I got to spend more time on fewer subjects, it could help me improve my grades. The teachers are attentive to all students but it really was up to individual students to make sure they raise a question when in doubt.
Adapting to the new environment is very important. Talking to new faces, recognizing them and corresponding to others would make it much easier to adapt.
Staying at the school dorm allowed me to make many new friends, do many activities together as well as discuss school subjects. The school dorm has a review session from 18:00 to 20:00 PM. Taking advantage of this time is very beneficial when studying at Trinity School Teignmouth because the school also offers many afterschool activities that you would want to join, so the review sessions becomes very helpful to keep you on track with academics.
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Actually, in the beginning I didn’t have any plans to study in the UK but a friend asked me to join her for the entrance exam for Badminton school. So I asked my parents, what if I passed the exam, would I be allowed to study in the UK, and they allowed me to. Additionally, the process was very much simplified with CETA’s services for the entrance examination and student visa.
Badminton School is a medium-size all-girls school with approximately 400 students in total. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, both between students and the teachers. The teacher in charge of the off-campus housing is also very friendly. In just one school term, I got to know everyone. Saturdays was a bit hectic for me with lots of homework to complete.
At Badminton School, the focus of all classes was to encourage students to express and discover themselves in preparation for their future career. Besides academics, the school offers activities such as musical performance, various sports and music.
I love playing sports and was selected to represent the school at various sporting events with other schools. Joining the school activities does not interfere with school work or become an obstacle for completing homework at all. The school offers overnight camping to accommodate, of course always ensuring our security as well.
The boarding house at Badminton school is fully equipped with modern facilities including washing machines, dryers, irons, microwave oven, dishes, TV, video, computer, internet as well as a shared dining room, gym, swimming pool and tennis court. The bedrooms are furnished with bedding and mattress, wardrobe, desk lamps, bathrooms and showers.
During my studies, I spent a lot of time reviewing the lessons taught and doing homework in the evenings. On Saturdays and Sundays I also review the lessons in advance to avoid hasty reading before exams. I do allocate some relaxation time which I spend watching TV, singing with friends, jogging and working out at the gym. There are also many trips organized by the school that takes place during the weekends.
Living abroad without my parents around was good for me and prompted me to improve on my time management skills as well as social skills. There was a mix of culture on campus with friends from a variety of different backgrounds. This resulted in a mix of different attitudes, preferences, habits and perspectives that I had to adapt to.
Throughout my studies, I just only mildly homesick because there was always some activity to keep me busy. The time I spent with my friends was fun and exciting. Staying on track with the school work also kept me busy and as a result, I felt like time literally flew by.
I’d like to recommend friends who are planning on studying in UK to first ask yourself if that is what you want, only after that should you ask your parents. The key to fast adaptation is to brush up on your English skills first. You might want to visit the school with your parents beforehand as well to get a clearer picture of the campus. I would also recommend to do a lot of research about studying abroad and the schools as part of your preparation.
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I decided to study abroad because I wanted to take the 1 year GCSE course and in Thailand, it was offered mostly by only the International Schools; whereby the majority of the students are Thai so I wouldn’t have been able to practice my English. Hence I decided to study in the UK at Oswestry School.
The 1-year GCSE course covers the same course content for the 2-years course. To complete the course, diligence and dedicated is a must. This is especially so since Oswestry School has many interesting school events and clubs to join. I usually review the lessons during 18:30 – 20:30 PM on Mondays to Fridays and on Sundy from 18:15 – 19:15 PM.
On the first day of school I was quite nervous. The teachers spoke slowly and made sure we understood the lesson. It was a small class of 15 students hence the teacher was able to address each student one-by-one. When we do our homework after school, the teachers would provide advice if they are around.
Studying abroad required me to effectively divide my time between all the tasks I had to do, from academics, school activities and dorm rules. The school dormitory has 2 types of rooms: shared room for between 3-5 students and private room. Both of which are equipped with facilities such as a wardrobe, desk, table and bathrooms. There is also a large shared space at the student housing for watching television, playing games and spending time with friends. A kitchen is also available for cooking.
I found staying at the off-site accommodation quite an experience which was both fun and of great learning. I learned what it meant to be more accountable, to adapt and have more responsibility for my own well-being. The teachers were very caring and always open opportunity for us to bring up our concerns.
When I first arrived, I was very hesitant to speak because I was afraid my English was bad. However, if I continued to be silent, I would make no friends, so I quickly adapted and resorted to the dictionary for help. My Guardian was a remarkable person who took care of me on behalf of my parents, ensuring my transportation to and from the airport, host family and so on.
For those of you who would like to study abroad, I would like to recommend not to be afraid to speak English. The more you speak the better and faster you get to develop your English skills. Besides speaking in English, studying abroad at a boarding school is about taking responsibility and adapting to the new environment.
The education system in UK is considered to be one of the leading systems and it’s a priveledge for me to have gotten the opportunity to study at a British school. During my studies to got to learn many new English Language skills and techniques for using the language. The school atmosphere is pleasant and there are amenities for the students such as lockers to keep our books and uniform. There is also a period for doing homework and reviewing the lessons learnt after school hours at 17:00 to 18:30 PM. The school also offers many activities. For instance I joined the fitness club and took field trips to the Museum of the City of Newcastle.
In the beginning, I had to adapt to living alone at the accommodation arranged by the school. From the experience, I learnt that to make friends, I had to be bold and needed to approach others first as well. The teachers at the school and staff at the boarding house are very friendly and caring for all the students. The school teachers were always there to help whenever we get confused with a lesson’s content.
There are many students from different ethnicity who goes to Harrogate Ladies’ College. As such, I made friends with very diverse cultures. At the boarding house, we helped each other become more responsible of our time and practice discipline as well as become more respectful of ground rules. For me, it was about adapting to different living condition, with others who are not my family members. Older students stay in compartments shared between 2-3 people to allow more privacy and space for self-study. I shared a room with two other students who were from Spain and Hong Kong. They were also in Year 10 just like me.
The overall atmosphere at the boarding house is friendly and lively. There are shared rooms such as the living room and kitchen for students to exchange conversations and do activities together. The boarding house is also very secure and the safety of the students comes first.
On Saturdays I usually go out with my friends to watch movies, go shopping and do some cooking together. During midterm break when the school’s boarding house gets a full cleaning and repairs, I would go live with a host family or stay at a friend’s house.
Some tips I’d like to share with students who are planning on coming to study in the UK is to take good care to read and review lessons before taking exams. Taking responsibility of your own well-being is a must and along the way, you would be surprised by the many friends from diverse cultures to make. Besides academics and making new friends, there are also unique experiences from playing sports such as Rounders and Lacross. Lastly, good time management would be very helpful during your studies abroad.