home from home Dongru Xu

Every year, more than 30,000 international students from more than 180 countries choose to study in Scotland. However, it is not always as 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. This project is looking at how design improves the initial experience of international students arriving in the UK. By using different design methods, 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.