THE Student Festival

One year on: reflections on the pandemic from international university students

We’ve been living with a pandemic for a year and university students have been affected in so many ways. We caught up with some of the students who wrote blogs for us last year to find out how they feel a year on

It’s been a year since Covid-19 was declared a pandemic and university students’ lives were turned upside down. The shift to online learning was a challenge for many, while others had to make the difficult decision of whether to stay at their university or travel home to their families.

We asked some students who wrote blogs last year to share an update on how things have changed in the past year and what they have learnt from 12 months of studying online and social distancing.

Video: how to choose which university or country to study in

One prospective and two current international students share the criteria and methods they used to find the best university (and country) to study in

While having lots of choice is no doubt a good thing, having too much choice can often feel overwhelming.

If you’re just starting out on your study-abroad journey and have no idea where to start in choosing a university or even a country, the tips below may help. Two current international students and one prospective international student share how they narrowed down their choices and the ways they researched their universities.

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The 10 most beautiful university libraries in the world

From bat infestations to robot librarians: the world’s 10 loveliest university libraries and all the surprises they have to offer

As the American writer Shelby Foote once said: “A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.”

Though so much information for most people’s studies is now online, you can’t beat the feeling of sanctuary and calm you get from a good library. Whether you use them for research, reading or just to escape the world for a few hours, libraries are an essential part of the university experience.

You shouldn’t pick a university based solely on how it looks (don’t judge a book by its cover!), but it doesn’t hurt if your chosen university’s library is easy on the eye. Below are some (we know there are plenty more!) of the most beautiful university libraries in the world.