notaprof - has the student tried asking the interviewing organization about a phone or Skype interview? We had an exchange student with a similar request last year and I only thought to ask if she had requested a Skype interview when I was contemplating whether 'driven to murder by a twenty-something behaving like a whining four year old' was a potential defence in a court of law. Turns out Miss I Am So Important your Rules Don't Apply to Me hadn't thought to ask, and it also transpired that she hadn't even bothered to tell the company that she was in the UK at the suggested interview time. The company agreed to the Skype interview.
(She didn't get the internship. I suspect that only in her mind were the Skype interview and the lack of an offer correlated. While there are some exchange students who are great ambassadors, we were very glad to see her disappear back across the pond.)
I thought about a Skype solution moments after hitting send on my response. To be honest though, the tone of her email was so annoying that I have little desire to offer helpful solutions. This was presented as something I was required to fix for her. Besides, if she has any hope of earning this very competitive internship, she should be demonstrating the problem-solving skills to have figured this out on her own. Although, I do feel a bit guilty about my lack of helpfulness and I will suggest it to her tomorrow.
Cayenne, it does not surprise me that the individualized nature of the tutorial system at Oxbridge is able to be more flexible about the final assessment for the semester's work.
As scotia has mentioned, this issue does go both ways. In working in the past with exchange students from the UK, they generally received much lower grades than their record indicated back home and were some of the biggest partiers of any of the nationalities represented. Many indicated that their grades did not matter because they would not be getting any
credit for their studies in the US upon their return to their home institution. They had a hard time understanding the concept of a liberal arts education and took a while to be comfortable with the level of discussion required in class but seemed to appreciate it more as the semester progressed. They also tended to be a bit older than their US counterparts and really chafed at the concept of living in a dorm room on campus. So a bit of a miss-match in that way too.