Newcastle University graduate launches own business

Newcastle University Marketing and Management graduate from Hong Kong Alice Lam has established a business supporting international students moving to UK.

Having experienced the struggle of getting accustomed to the foreign country herself and becoming the part of the international community in Newcastle, Alice came up with the idea to set up ‘My Study Bridge’ company. It is aimed to help and support international students moving to Newcastle.

Alice told The Courier: ‘’Due to my own experiences as an overseas student before, I understand what their concerns and difficulties are’’.

Personal experience of overcoming the troubles herself explains her ‘’sense of satisfaction through helping’’ other international students.

‘My Study bridge’ clients are mostly Chinese students, who find it easier to seek support in wide range of matters without a language barrier. Alice herself speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

The organisation helps international students with academic, practical matters or getting around the local area.

Alice continued: ‘’Very often international students might find it difficult to get to know the local area when they first come here.

“We help them with different areas including university applications, translations advice on practical aspects including paying bills etc.’’

The academic support for the students includes the assistance with understanding of the UK teaching and assessment system, admission to the UK education institutions for both under- and Postgraduate degrees and information about various English language courses and UK Study Holiday programmes.Students can also get information about visas, tuition fees and living expenses in the UK.

My Study Bridge also assists international students, who seek voluntary work or placements, and helps to take part in various activities in accordance with the UK’s regulations and law. The company also employs international students during their studies at the university.

“Since our office is so close to Newcastle University, they [students] find it very convenient to come and see us.”

My Study Bridge provides information, advice and overseas contacts to UK students, who are interested to work or teach English in China.

Initially a home-based business had to move to a larger office space due to the high demand. Now international students have a chance to talk with Alice in person.

The office is based in the historical Grade II-listed Bruce Building in Newcastle. Built in 1896 the building was the former Newcastle Breweries headquarters, and is approximately ten minutes walking distance from both Newcastle and Northumbria Universities.

Alice said: ‘’Since our office is so close to Newcastle University, they [students] find it very convenient to come and see us.’’

When asked about the My Study Bridge future plans, Alice said she was commited to build further a good reputation of her business and continue to work for the sake of international students.

She added:‘’We have a very good reputation among Chinese students. In the future, I hope to continue to do what we are doing right now and continue to assist more international students to adapt to the studying life here.”

Alice Lam has already won a good reputation within the international learning community and is determined to achieve more in the near future.

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