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UKVI changes on 12th November

The UKVI will be making some changes on 12th November 2015. Most of the changes relate to further education colleges and not universities, so Bangor University students will not be affected by most of the changes. However, one of the major changes that will affect our existing students is the amount of money required for maintenance (i.e. living costs) for future Tier 4 (general) visa applications. If you will be making a new Tier 4 visa application in the next few months please contact the International Student Support Office to check how much money you should save in your bank account or read the information on our ‘Visa and Immigration’ webpages: www.bangor.ac.uk/international/support/visa_immigration.php.en.

You can read more about the other UKVI changes here: http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/studentnews/558/Changes-to-the-Immigration-Rules

19/09/15: Host UK

Bangor University is now a member of Host UK, a country-wide scheme that gives international students an opportunity to spend a day or a weekend hosted by British people in their homes. You can try traditional home-cooked meals and learn to make some British dishes yourself, enjoy the countryside and discover traditions and customs of towns and villages! More information can be found at www.hostuk.org.

19/05/15: Summer Buddy Volunteers needed!!!

Are you staying in Bangor over the summer? Do you want to have some fun and help new students settle in? Then become a Summer Buddy Volunteer!!!

Just spend 20 hours over the summer helping us and you will be entitled to free sports, social activities and trips to the local area. You will also receive BEA points and a certificate.

Interested? then email internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk and ask for an application form.** You must be already a current student at Bangor University to apply**

16/04/15: We have returned fromChina!

The Culture Challenge winning team and Katerina recently returned from their trip to China. They went to Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Suzhou and Changsha. As well sightseeing and exploring the coutry, the team visited several partner universities and Bangor University’s China campus in Changsha! You can view the photos from the trip at here.

13/02/2015: Register to Vote!!!!

As you may know there will be a national election in May 2015. Did you know that students from Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland are eligible to vote? Your voice in elections could radically change the debate on immigration and international student issues, so it is important you register.

To register to vote you just need to:

1) Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

2) Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You’ll also need your National Insurance number (if you have it). Don’t worry if you dont have it, you will still be able to register!!!!

3) Look out for a confirmation from your council to say you’re registered.

For more information and to see if you are eligible to vote please check here

12/12/2014: Stand for the Students’ Union Election!
Each year, the students of Bangor elect a team to run their students’ union and work on their behalf.

Sabbatical officers are current students elected to run your students’ union for a year (July – July) to make sure that the SU is run according to the wishes of the students here in Bangor. This is a one year paid position, with two years being the maximum amount of time anyone can do it for. Every year, by law, the Students’ Union has to organise a poll of its membership to select next year’s sabbatical officers. Any current, registered, Bangor student can put themselves forward to stand in the election – that absolutely includes all of our students from different countries across the world. We want our student officers to be reflective of our student community, and it would be great if we had international students elected to lead the Students’ Union. You could make a real difference and a fantastic contribution.

What posts are available?
There are four different positions available, each appealing to different interests and skills:
– President
– Vice President, Education & Welfare
– Vice President, Sport & Healthy Living
– Vice President, Societies & Community

The elections will take place in February and there will be lots of information out after Christmas… so watch for more details, the nominations form is already open.

10/12/2014: Internship Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
There is a number of internship opportunities available to undergraduate students in Semester Two, including an internship at the International Student Support Office helping out with the One World Gala event. If you are interested, you would need to apply by 9am on Wednesday 17th December. The full list of opportunities and all the details can be found here. The One Worls Gala internship is number 30 on the list.

30/10/2014: Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa
Bangor University can now sponsor students for Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur Visa). This category of visa is for those international graduates identified by the University as having developed a genuine and credible business idea that the University would then like to support with further development. The application procedure has been finalised and can be found here.

26/09/2014: A Special Welcome for Bangor University International Students

This year the International Student Support Office organised an earlier orientation programme for international students. You can read more about it here.

14/03/2014: International Ambassadors needed!

The University is seeking to appoint a number of international students to the role of INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AMBASSADOR for the 2014/15 academic year.

This scheme has been running for the last six years and gives current students the opportunity to be the ‘international face’ of the University. The role will involve assisting with the marketing of the University to prospective overseas students and helping the International Student Support Office in welcoming new students once they arrive. It is, therefore, an excellent opportunity to play a part in helping new international students settle in to life at Bangor, and also a way of adding to your CV portfolio. In addition, participation in any overseas marketing trips may be possible, which will be paid for in full by the University.

Ideally, Ambassadors should have been studying at Bangor for at least one year, and must be continuing with their studies at the University in 2014/15. As we are seeking to appoint a number of Ambassadors, the role will not negatively affect students’ studies as the workload will be shared.

Should you be interested in becoming an International Student Ambassador and require more details, please contact Alan Edwards, Head of International Student Services at email: alan.edwards@bangor.ac.uk

*****Closing date for applications: 30th April 2014*****

Further details of the International Student Ambassador scheme can be viewed at – www.bangor.ac.uk/studentlife/features/ambassadors.php

10/03/2014: Visa application fee increase and rules changes on 6th April 2014

We advise all students, if possible, to make any imminent visa extension applications before 4th April. This is because the fees are increasing and form is changing. The online application system is likely to be not working on the weekend of 5th and 6th April; therefore, the Home Office are advising to EITHER submit visa applications on or before 4th April OR start completing the application on or after 7th April.

30/01/2014: Chinese New Year Reception at the Senedd in Cardiff

On the 30th January, Kate Linck from the International Education Centre, Chunwang Jia (President of CSSA) and Lijun Zhao (one of our International Student Ambassadors) went to celebrate Chinese New Year at the National Assembly in Cardiff. The event was hosted by Carwyn Jones, First Minister in the Welsh Assembly Government. There were also representatives from the Chinese Embassy, along with staff and students from Universities and Confucious Institutes across Wales. Liying Zhang was representing the Bangor University Confucious Institute. We wish everyone a lucky and prosperous Year of the Horse.

01/11/2013: Diwali Reception at the Senedd in Cardiff

Four of our International Ambassadors from India, represented Bangor at the Senedd (the Welsh Assembly government building in Cardiff) for the annual Diwali celebration . This event was hosted by the Welsh Prime Minister – Carwyn Jones – and students from all Welsh Universities were invited.

It was a great honour to meet Rosemary Butler AM, Presiding Officer and Speaker of the National Assembly of Wales and Raj Kuman Aggarwal, Honary Consul of India in Cardiff.

09/08/2013: DES – Doctorate Extension Scheme

In April 2013, the UKVI announced the launch of a new type of Tier 4 work visa called the Doctorate Extension Scheme or ‘DES’. It is specifically aimed at PhD students who are about to finish their course and want to remain in the UK to gain some professional and/or work experience. More details here.

22/04/2013: Online Shop is Now Live!

We have started selling trip tickets online through the IEC Online Shop

This means that you do not have to come into the office with cash anymore – you can just buy tickets online from the comfort of your own home using your credit/debit card! You will get instant confirmation of your purchase which you can then use as a ticket when getting on the coach. If you want to ask questions about trips prior to purchasing tickets, you can contact us by emailing internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk or by calling 01248382882.

Our first trip sold through online shop is South Stack Bird Reserve and Anglesey visit which will take place on Saturday 11 May at 12pm. You can purchase tickets here.

06/04/2013: Tier 4 visa application form goes online

From 6 April 2013, the UK Border Agency request that all Tier 4 visa extension applications (made within the UK) are completed using their online ‘Print and Send’ form. For more information, see our Visa and Immigration pages:

March 2013: Important message from the ATAS team...

”If you applied for your certificate between 18 December and 25 January and had not received your certificate by 7 March, please be aware of a fault in the online application system meaning that the ATAS Unit may not have received your application.
If you believe you may be affected by this and you now need your certificate urgently, please be aware that the ATAS mailbox (atas@fco.gov.uk) has been experiencing a high volume of enquiries. We are working hard to resolve these, but you may wish to alert your university to your situation. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.” More information can be found at: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/

March 2013 : International Student Gala / One World Day


March 2013: Culture Challenge 2013 – The winning team are on their way to China!


08/03/2013: Online visa applications in the UK

From 6 April 2013 you will not be able to make a Tier 4 application using the paper application form. You must use ‘Print and Send’ via the online system on the UK Border Agency website. We will update the information on our website shortly. Please contact us for more information if you are planning to make a visa application soon.

01/02/2013: Hammond Trust – Financial assistance to students from Asia studying in the UK
General aim:
To provide financial assistance for students from Asia, so they may complete their studies in the UK when those studies are threatened with interruption owing to unexpected financial difficulties beyond the control of the student.
The Trust does not provide full academic scholarships. Grants are for living expenses only. The Trust does not make any payments towards tuition fees. The aim of financial assistance is to help a student to complete the last six months of a course of study, or complete a piece of research that has unavoidably overrun the availability of the funds on which the applicant has been subsisting. Grants will only be available in the final six months of a student’s study. Students who have already completed their studies will not be eligible.

For more info please check here. To request an application form please email: Hammond.trust@britishcouncil.org

01/02/2013: Brunei Government scholarships for overseas (non Brunei) student to study at Universities in Brunei. Scholarships are open to students looking for UG, Masters or research programmes. The scholarships cover all costs including tuition, accommodation, monthly allowance and air fairs.

For more information please check here. The full programme of courses on offer can be found here. Finally, you can download the application form here

08/01/13: One World Day – 8th March 2013

We are looking for performers – please see the January 2013 newsletter for more details.

Photography Competition – Again, for more details see the January newsletter.

8/10/12: Culture Challenge 2013

Want to win a trip to Beijing?! The competition is now open for applications!

For more information, see our ‘Trips and Events’ page.

We Have Moved!

We are now located in the new International Education Centre offices in Rathbone Hall. To find us: Turn left from Rathbone reception and continue down the corridor. Go down the steps and into the waiting room on the right.

Culture Challenge 2012

Bangor University international students celebrated cultural diversity and collaboration on Saturday (03/03/12) with an action-packed Culture Challenge. Organised by the University’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) and the International Student Support Office, the Culture Challenge saw six teams made up of two Chinese and two overseas students go head to head in a presentation round and a general knowledge quiz.

The teams were asked to find a creative way to present the culture of one or more of the team members’ native countries to a panel of five judges. Alan Edwards (International Student Support), David Andrews (ELCOS), Andrew Griffith (IEC), Sarah Wale (Business School) and Shân Rees Roberts (Marketing) were spoilt for choice as one team laid out a mouth-watering spread of dishes from China, Italy and Korea on the judges’ table for them to taste. Another team, dressed as Princes and Princesses from their native countries, acted out a scene in which each sovereign discussed the cultural merits of their own realms.

In round two, contestants were first shown a series of flags and asked to identify to which country they belonged. They were later given general knowledge questions on the culture, sport, geography, language, religions, landmarks, famous figures and history of countries from around the world.

In a very close call, the winners of the competition were Jin Hao and Liu Xin from China, Mauro Marchei from Italy and Yueun Chung from Korea. They began the competition by presenting the words “culture” and “friendship” in their native languages and then, dressed in native costume, presented the traditions and cultures of their team members’ home countries. They won an all expenses paid two night trip to Cardiff, where they will visit the Senedd and meet the Rt. Hon. Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, President of Bangor University. They will also visit the National Museum of Wales, Sain Ffagan National History Museum and some of the charming sights of Wales’ capital city. Each member of the team that took second place was awarded a £20 Amazon voucher and £10 vouchers were given to those in third place.

Head of International Student Support Alan Edwards said of the event: “Although a fun and lively competition, the Culture Challenge also enabled the participating students to learn more about each other’s countries and cultures. All the presentations were excellent and it was obvious that the teams had worked hard to make them both fun and informative. We aim to repeat the competition next year and hope that way more students will take part from the wide variety of nationalities represented at the University.”

International Student Gala 2012

We hope you all enjoyed the International Gala as much as we did! A BIG ‘Thank You’ and ‘Well Done’ to all the acts for putting on such a great performance! It was a real showcase of talents -- there was marvellous music, delightful dancing, sensational singing plus some German juggling! The evening finished with a Welsh male voice choir with the whole of PJ Hall on their feet singing the Welsh National Anthem. Due to the generosity of the guests, we also raised a massive £414 for the SOS Children’s Villages charity. All in all, an excellent evening! We can’t wait for next year!

Chinese New Year 2012

Bangor University welcomed in the Chinese New Year with a party which celebrated the year of the golden dragon. Staff joined with the Chinese student society and other students and their families to celebrate the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.

Students helped put together the event, which began with welcoming speeches from Professor David Shepherd, (Deputy Vice Chancellor), Professor Philip Molyneux (Head of the College of Business, Social Sciences and Law) and Oscar Wu (President of the Chinese Student Society).

Professor David Shepherd spoke about the connection between the year of the ‘Golden Dragon’ and the Welsh Dragon emblem. He hoped that this year would therefore bring “stronger relationships and collaboration with Bangor University’s Chinese partners and great success for the students.”

Professor Molyneux thanked the Chinese society for bringing China into Wales and congratulated students for the major commitment they have made by travelling half way around the world to study, and the challenges which students have overcome. The Professor wished the students “success, prosperity and lots more golden dragons.”

Oscar Wu commented: “The golden dragon represents emperor, power, luck and happiness.”

Students who would usually be celebrating the festival at home with their families, joined together and welcomed in a new “joyful semester of new knowledge and challenges”.

”We are thankful for the opportunity to be able to join together and celebrate the Chinese New Year as one big family”, said Oscar Wu.

Guests at the party enjoyed a buffet-style dinner offering a variety of authentic Chinese food and performances which included hip hop dance, singing and traditional Mongolian dance. There were games and lottery draws with great prizes including iPod docks, printers and a laptop.