Useful resources for international students 


We know that as international students you might sometimes find British culture and behaviour confusing or there may be times when you feel lonely or miss familiar things. The following resources are provided to help you.

Three Mac computers (the first three on the left) in the Library are equipped with IELTS software (International English Language Testing System).



Dictionaries are useful for understanding what you are reading and to check words you wish to translate, but they can also help you write essays, CVs and e-mails. Many larger bilingual dictionaries will have a central section with key phrases used in academic and other types of writing that will help you to select appropriate language. If your dictionary doesn’t contain a section like this then have a look in a Collins bilingual dictionary. Although you won’t get a translation into your own language you will get a useful collection of phrases to use.

You have access to online and paper dictionaries so that you can access a dictionary both on and off campus.

Paper dictionaries are kept in the Quick reference (QREF) section in the silent reading room upstaris and include both bilingual dictionaries and a range of English dictionaries.


There is also a range of online dictionaries:

Oxford reference

Over 150 dictionaries: bilingual (European languages), specialist and English dictionaries including grammar, abbreviations and proverbs.

Oxford English Dictionary

For every time you need to know the meaning or pronunciation of a word, how to translate it into another language, or whether you’re using it correctly.

Free online dictionaries

This website has a wide range of dictionaries available for free and covers global languages. You may want to check the quality of the dictionary by looking up words you are familiar with in both languages before you use it for course work.


Living and studying in the UK

The following Library books may be useful:

Andrews, R. (2008). The rough guide to England. London: Rough Guides.
Barron, T. (2003). Get set for study in the UK. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Boden, A. (1997). The cultural gaffes pocketbook. Alresford: Management Pocketbooks.
Fox, K. (2004). Watching the English: the hidden rules of English behaviour. London: Hodder & Stoughton.
Hampshire, D. (2005). Living and working in Britain: a survival handbook. London: Survival.
Hargis, T.S. (2006) Rules Britannia: an insider’s guide to life in the United Kingdom. USA: Griffin.
Rao, K. (2005). A guide to studying and living in Britain. Oxford: How To Books.


Foreign language book collections in Bournemouth:

Bournemouth Public Libraries have fiction and non-fiction books in a range of languages.

Further details are available from the Bournemouth libraries website.


Web and newspaper links by language:

Cantonese (Hong Kong)





Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil)