Guidance for international students
As an international student, you have additional factors to consider. You may have to settle into a different culture and education system without, perhaps, your usual sources of support. You may also have to study in a second language.
These factors can be challenging and stimulating, but they can also be a source of pressure. Make sure that anxiety or a lack of knowledge does not lead to intentional or unintentional plagiarism.
- Complete this Plagiarism section and use its guidance every time you write an assignment.
- Familiarise yourself with the rules of academic writing and referencing at UWE. They may not be the same as in your previous education system.
- If you’re unsure about your standard of written English, get extra help. Do not quote or copy passages from a text because you lack the confidence to use your own words.
- Get help to improve your writing style.
- Be clear about what an assignment is asking you to do. If you don’t understand an assignment brief, ask your tutor for help.
- Make sure that you understand how to find and use information. Ask your tutor or a Librarian for guidance if necessary.
- Allow yourself extra time for assignments so that you can practise paraphrasing and summarising. This will soon help you to develop your own voice, so that you don’t feel a need to rely on quoted sections of a text to speak for you.