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What it’s like to do the International Foundation Year online

In light of the changing situation surrounding COVID-19, many of our students have made the switch to online learning. Today we catch up with Ruvimbo Kajese from Zimbabwe about what it's like to study for the International Foundation Year online.

Student Stories: Ruvimbo Kajese

What were your first impressions of the UK?

I joined British study centres as a foreign student from Zimbabwe this year. Initially, my assumption was that it was going to be difficult to settle due to various reasons such as change of environment and cultural differences. However, things have turned out to be different than anticipated. The people were very welcoming, kind and accommodating. Surprisingly, I settled well and felt comfortable in the first week of my arrival.

How have you found the teaching on the course? Did this change when you made the move online?

The lectures were well structured and easy to comprehend, the atmosphere made me enjoy school and I felt the preparatory journey for university had begun. Amid this happiness and excitement, the Covid-19 scourge took centre stage and was declared a global pandemic. The prescribed preventative and cautionary measures were quarantine, social distancing, and national lockdowns. These requirements had to be complied and hence my studies were going to be affected.


I was very worried and thought that my studies would-be put-on hold and resultantly this would affect my exam performance. The school staff quickly reassured us that studies will continue via online channels. At first, I was sceptical of the sudden shift because I was used to the classroom set up and I thought online learning would be hard and stressful to adapt to. I was also worried about time management and self-motivation as I was not looking forward to it but that was not the case. The British Study Centres’ teachers were quite helpful and motivating. The virtual classes were easy to follow through just like the traditional classrooms, they give us time to ask questions and fully understand everything we were learning. The schedule was well planned, and reminders were set for lessons. Assignments and homework were given as before.

"The virtual classes were easy to follow through just like the traditional classrooms, they give us time to ask questions and fully understand everything we were learning."

Ruvimbo Kajese, IFY student

How have the teachers supported you under lockdown?

I found it quite helpful that we have a mindfulness class where they check on our wellbeing, mental health, and progress. Being in a foreign country can be hard but just having these people check up on you and talk to you just makes it way easier as it makes us feel less alone. I also appreciate how the timetable was made to suit the multiple students in various time zones which were made in a way that is beneficial to everyone.


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