My name is Xiewen, and I am a masters student in the University of Sussex. Recently, I received PhD offers with a starting time at the end of January 2017. As I am a Chinese citizen, I need a visa for my stay - my current one will expire also at the end of January.
To get a new visa, I need to have £14,000 in savings - thanks to some friends, I have already secured this amount. I will not be able to touch this money until late February, as this is the financial evidence required for the visa. After this amount can be accessed again, I will be able to pay back my friends that have supported me.
My issue is that at the same time, I need to secure money for the tuition deposit. With the current offers, this is around £7,000.
Until now, my parents have supported me financially, but they are no longer able to, as their business is currently struggling.
So, why do I not just abandon this idea of a PhD study?
- I have put a great amount of effort into this for many years, because this study is my dream.
- I have found love here in the UK. (We are the couple in the picture.) We love each other very much, and plan for the long term.
- The PhD is my only legal way to remain in the UK for a prolonged time. Due to how little time I had to fix my problem, there was no time to secure a job.