7 ways to make your pathway year count

Who doesn’t want to make the most of their time studying abroad?

When you’re starting a pathway course, such as the International Year One, you want to be focused to make your year really count.  

Here are our top tips for success.  

Attend all your classes

Key Study Skills

It may sound obvious but actually going to class every time will go a long way, whatever you’re studying.

You’ll quickly get into the busy routine of lectures, tutorials and seminars. It can seem a little overwhelming, particularly when you throw in private study and group work. But, stick with it and you’ll find it gets a lot easier.

Spark up conversations

One of the best things about studying abroad is the chance to get to know people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Don’t underestimate the impact this can have on your experience abroad.

Take every opportunity to get to know new people – whether it’s in class, at your accommodation, a club or society or out and about.

Life starts at the end of your comfort zone

Step out of your comfort zone and you’ll be assured an altogether richer experience.

This could mean getting to know people from other cultures, being open to new ways of doing things or trying a new activity.

University is a melting-pot of people, cultures and activities – and lots of opportunities to learn outside of the classroom.

Take advantage of everything on offer

Graduate Pathways are a great introduction to university life and give you access to a huge array of university facilities, activities and events.

Make the most of them and you’ll find it helps you personally and academically – you’ll learn much more about the local culture and improve your language skills.

Start thinking about your career early

University is about many things, but employability will be top of your list when graduation is on the horizon.

When you’re studying for a Pathway, you’ll have access to a careers service and events.

These can be really useful, not just when you have to think about academic options for your degree but, in helping focus your efforts during your Pathway.

Get out and about – explore your destination

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Whether you’re studying in a small rural town or major world city, grab the opportunity to see and do as much as possible. Plan trips to explore further afield around the country and beyond too.

Ask for help

Struggling with your studies? It sounds obvious but it doesn’t always feel the easiest of options. If you’re struggling, ask for help.

Your teachers are there to help. Likewise, your university will have Student Support services who can assist in many ways – even if it’s just to signpost you to the right support.

Whatever you’re going through, there’s support to get you through it so you can make the most of your time studying abroad – and successfully get you onward to your university study.

You may also like to read: 7 things successful people do.

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