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Privacy Policy

Privacy policy and use of cookies

Privacy statement

If you register with us as a student user, we ask you to provide us with your name and email address to allow us to generate a login for you.  We will hold the data securely, in compliance with UK data protection legislation, and will normally only use it in relation to the administration of your user account on the website.  Very occasionally we may contact you to ask if you wish to participate into research into the experiences of international students.  We will not pass your details on to any third parties unless required to do so by law.

If you register with us as a member, we require you to provide details of your name, email and employer to allow us to verify that you are entitled to access the site as a member.  You may choose to give us additional data to help personalise your use of AISA services.  We will hold the data securely, in compliance with UK data protection legislation.  We will not pass your details on to any third parties unless required to do so by law.

For all users, the site uses cookies (see below) to perform some functions.

Find out more about cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your computer or mobile phone when you are viewing a website. Cookies do lots of different jobs that allow us to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience on our website.

Which Cookies are used on the AISA website and why

When visiting our website cookies may be used to store information about you which we can access when you visit our site in future. We do this to improve your user experience by enabling us to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

The cookies used on this website have been categorised based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie Guide.

Category one: strictly necessary cookies

SiteID, Asp.net_SessionID, Dynamic (Asp.net_SessionID)

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around our website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.  Without these cookies services you have asked for, like viewing restricted pages cannot be provided.

Category two: performance cookies (first party and third parties) APISID, BEAT, NID, PREF, GAPS, HSID, N_T, OTZ, SAPISID, ga

These cookies collect information about how visitors use our website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages.  These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how our website works.

Category three: functionality cookies (first party and third parties)

First party cookies allow our website to remember choices you make (such as your user name/profile) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, they are used to provide services such as commenting on our blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites

There are other cookies from third parties.  AISA does not control the use of these cookies and cannot access them due to the way they work, as cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. You should check the third party websites for more information about these cookies.

Facebook: c_user, datr, csm, fr, locale, lu, s, xs
Twitter: external_referer, guest_id, k, _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz loc, uid, uit, uvc, dt, di, bt, bt2, __atuvc


Find out how to manage cookies

If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.  However, please note that by deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our site.

If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, below provides details on how to do this for some of the major browsers.

Google Chrome

Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.

Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab and locate the “Privacy” section, and choose the “Content settings” button.

Click the “Cookie settings” tab and choose your preferred settings.

Google Chrome allows all cookies by default, but you can restrict the behaviour of first-party and third-party cookies or even block them completely.

Click on the Close button when you’ve finished.

Internet Explorer 8.0

Choose Tools and then Internet Options

Click the Privacy tab

Move the slider to choose your preferred settings.

For more specialised cookie settings click on Advanced, check the ‘Override cookie handling’ button and modify the settings to suit your requirements.

Internet Explorer 7.0

Choose Tools and then Internet Options

Click the Privacy tab

Move the slider to choose your preferred settings.

The default setting is medium and the menu allows you to select the level of “filtering” on the basis of (a) the source of the cookie and (b) whether the source has a privacy policy.

For more specialised cookie settings click on Advanced

Mozilla Firefox 3.0

Click on Tools, then Options (or Edit | Preferences on Linux)

Select Privacy

Select Cookies.

Choose your preferred settings (You can configure which sites are allowed to set cookies, how long to keep them for, and view and manage your existing cookies.).

All other browsers

If your browser is not listed above, you may wish to visit, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.