It is a wonder how time flows by. Yes, I know I am not a student of philosophy :P. But just a year ago I was following these blogs to know more about student life in Manchester, and now, I am actually blogging about it! Let me start with a good news. University of Manchester recently ranked within top 50 universities in the world in the recent Times Higher Education ranking. This is the highest ranking so far for the University in this ranking system. Impressive!

I believe, many prospective students have an admission letter for the next year’s courses. They must have also received the official advice to start their Visa application as early as possible. It is the rule which must be obeyed to make your own life easy. The fact is that the visa policy is still very stringent. Please, please apply for visa with all necessary documents. If there is any mismatch, your application might be put on hold or even worse, get rejected!

In spite of all precautions and planning, some students would eventually receive the Visa very late. In case you foresee any delay that hinders you from joining the course on its start date, you should inform the University accordingly. You would require special permission from University authority to join late in the course. As far as I know, it goes to the program director for approval. Also, there is an International Advice Team af the University. You can seek their guidance if you require.

Many students, who would join next year, would be away from their home for the first time. Some of them even would board a flight for the first time. If anyone of you has fear of flying, don’t worry. In Superman’s language – ‘statistically speaking, it is still the safest way to travel’ ;). There is a movie released in 2012 called ‘Flight’ for which Denzel Washington got an academy award nomination for best actor. Highly recommended!

The same rule applies everywhere. Keep your senses alert. In doubt, ask for help. When you reach Manchester, you would surely need help. Fortunately, you will find many good samaritans around you. The UK is really welcoming when you reach here! 🙂