Every year, more than 30,000 international students from more than 180 countries choose to study in Scotland.
However, it is not always so good as we imagine. Even though our society is more and more connected, it is still difficult to study abroad half way round the world. As international students said, they have to deal with various urgent problems by themselves. Problems experienced may include: getting a UK mobile phone, understanding the transport system, opening a bank account and finding accommodation. Students can also experience difficulties in understanding and adapting to unfamiliar teaching methods.
International students support and organisations are already established in many universities to help students with their study and living arrangements: this project is looking at how design might help improve these services.
Interviews will be conducted with international students studying in Dundee, the International Support Team staff in our university and Sta Travel Agency staff in Dundee. In addition observations will be carried out in order to see the students experience when they deal with some problems. In this way, I can find design opportunities to create a better life for international students, help them feel more at ease in their new surroundings and feel at home.
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Dongru studied Graphic Design in Woosong University in South Korea.