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Hello everybody! My name is Jens Dahle-Granli and I am currently a second year Politics with international relation student, and I want to be your next international student’s officer. For after being an international student in York for over a year and a half, I have seen how great the international community in York are, and I want to give something back to the international community, and I have some great ideas on how to make the life for the international students easier and better.
So, what does the Jens say?
Revoke the Rent Guarantee Scheme fee
If international students want to rent private accommodation with their mates after 1. Year, they often need to have a Guarantor which is from the UK. Which most international students don’t have, because they’re not from the UK. The university has therefore a rent guarantee scheme, where international student can have the Uni as their guarantor. The problem however, is that international students has to pay 50 £ for “administration fees”. This is simply ridiculous. For most of the international students are paying over 15 000 £ in tuition fees each year, which should be more than enough to include the rent guarantee scheme fee of 50
Improve the Fresher’s guide
The first week of the university is often hard for international students, because they have to settle in fast, and learn a new culture, and how things works in the UK. Many international students also need to find out which bank to sign up for, what kind of sim card to get, and about simple norms which English students takes for granted. I want to make this transition easier by making a printed fresher’s guide which is handed out the day international students arrive, where they get all the information they need about culture, which banks is best to sign up for, how easy it is to sign up for the NHS – and that it’s free (which not all the international students I’ve talked to have knew), and information about the International Student Association and what we can do to help them with any problems they may have.
I personally remember, that I signed up for the wrong bank during fresher’s week because they had a fee of 5 £ a month, which I’ve could avoided if I knew about all the possibilities.
On YUSU’s web page is it hard to find any information for international students. This be information about the International Student Association, how to easily settle in, or basic questions international students may want to find. I will therefore work for making an international student tab on YUSU’s web page, so it will be easier for international students to find relevant information they are looking for. Here will one also find an electronic fresher’s guide, and information about UK culture, and who to contact if they want anyone to talk about, as well as a list of all international societies such as Chinese Society to Italian society and all in between.
More and easier access to information for international student through web page, fresher’s guide and through social media, and about how easy it is for international students to sign up at Unity Health, and that it’s free to visit the doctor.
Make sure that international students have the same benefits as UK-students
After YUSU announced their 20p charge for yoyo-wallet, UK-students have got better benefits than international students, because international students may not be able to avoid the 20 p charge by linking their NUS-card to yoyo-wallet. For to do so, one has to have a UK bank account to be able to download the NUS app. Which YUSU shouldn’t except international students to have.
So in the future I will demand YUSU, to been involved on all issues which may affect international students in a negative way, so international students don’t come worse off than UK-students when decisions are made.
Making a closer relationship between college International officer’s and the International Student Association (ISA)
Today, each college have one or two international officer in their JCRC, which is great. But I also want to make a closer relationship between all of the international officer’s, and the ISA to ensure that each college is hosting great international events, and so it is easier to make greater and bigger events for the whole international community at the University. This may be all from large international bar crawls to the celebration of national days for different countries, and arrange a joint International Fresher’s event.
If you have any more questions about my candidacy, do not hesitate to contact me on Facebook or e-mail email@example.com
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