Lots of students, from all over the world, come to Britain each year to study. Nick visits Oxford University and the London School of Economics and talks to some students to find out what it's like to study in the UK.


Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Language Task

What prepositions go in the gaps? Watch the video again if you get stuck.


Task 2

Can you re-order Stephen's questions to the students?





I'm so glad to join this site. Thanks for helping.
I am learning about past and past-passive infinitives and gerunds. Can you explain the difference between past and past-passive infinitives, please.
For example:  The stockbroker denied having been informed of the secret business deal.
I am not sure that I understand this sentence. Why they use "having been informed" but not "having informed".
Thanks for your help again.
I look for your response.

 thanks halen, ithelped me, u r doing a great job, thank again.

I have a question about the dialogue between Nick and Michael. At a certain point, Michael says "They meet up with their friends" referring to the students. Now if I write this sentence in a translator I get the same outcome for the verb meet. Whether I write meet or meet up the translation doesn't change. So what's the difference between using one form or the other?

Hello stefanosperanza
You are right - meet and meet up can sometimes be used in the same way.
But if you look them up in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online in the sidebar on the right of the page you'll find that they do have a slightly different meaning.
I hope this helps
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team

This one of yours was an effective advice Helen. I also searched the verbe you used in your answer (look it up) and I found it has a diffrent meaning from look.
Thank you!

Hello Stefano,
That's right! There are some verbs that change their meaning when you put a preposition after them. They're often called 'phrasal verbs'. Rob talks about phrasal verbs in this video from Word on the Street and there is some information about phrasal verbs in the grammar section of LearnEnglish.
I hope that helps.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I've always felt pleasant about the city of Oxford & Oxford University! Great place to live & study I suppose!
Lots of thanks for this report!

 It's very very informative .....

 hey. i m very pleased to join this site,thanks 4 that.
i hv a problem,would u give me some tips to make it easy plz.
i find it very difficult to use exact prepositions with words, it is confusing to me e.g. where to use to and towards,
over,above and up etc.
how can i use preposition corectly.

Hello Tahir ch
Ah yes, prepositions – they are a headache for many learners.
to is usually used to show movement to a specific person, place or event, whereas toward or towards (you can use either) is about moving in a certain direction.
For example: 
He is going to Oxford on Saturday.
He left the hotel and walked towards the sea.
When over and above are prepositions of place, they are often used the same way. But when they are used to show movement, over gives a stronger sense of direction.
For example:
 The plane flew over the Irish Sea.
The bird soared above the clouds.
I hope this helps
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team