February 12, 2018, by International students
International Student Ambassadors: Burhan from Cyprus
Our International Student Ambassadors provide campus tours, telephone calls and social media for international students preparing to study at Nottingham. Burhan Turgut is from Cyprus and is studying BEng Mechanical Engineering. Here are his thoughts on life at Nottingham.
Why did you choose the University of Nottingham?
I chose UoN due to its stunning campus. The idea of all the facilities I would ever need to be so conveniently located on campus was the greatest appeal factor for me especially since I live in halls.
What is your favourite thing about the University of Nottingham?
The range of societies. With more than 200+ running, it shows that there is something for everyone and you never have to get bored!
What is the best thing about your course?
The amount of international students. Collaborating in team projects with people from all across the globe was a really enjoyable learning experience.
What was your first impression of the University of Nottingham?
How welcoming the Open Day Students and staff were. They really did add to the splendid atmosphere of all the campuses!
What do you do with your spare time, and what are your hobbies?
I love music. I play the piano and the bassoon almost every day. I also enjoy table tennis and swimming.
What societies have you got involved with?
I was part of the American Football society last year and I am currently treasurer of the Photography Society.
What do you like about Nottingham as a city?
There’s just so much to do! If you’re into partying there are clubs but if you prefer a quieter night out there are pleasant places like jazz bars, small coffee shops etc.
What is your experience so far of the University of Nottingham?
It’s been great. I have settled in to my halls very comfortably. I have made good friends and I am enjoying my course thoroughly as well thanks to my brilliant lecturers.
What is your experience of accommodation in Nottingham?
Hall life for me is amazing. I live in Florence Boot Hall and I love the convenience of not having to buy and cook food. As well as that I find socialising easier in halls, especially with the help of the JCR committee.
What have you learnt from being a student at the University of Nottingham?
I have learnt that the University of Nottingham is a place where everyone is equal no matter where you are from or what you like. This welcoming atmosphere has enabled me to make trusting friendships much easier.
What are you planning to do next with your career?
I currently have a summer internship secured with ExxonMobil in the summer. Following this, I hope to be accepted on to their Graduate Scheme after my studies at Nottingham.
What is your favourite thing about your course?
My favourite thing is probably the passion and enthusiasm of my lecturers. I have never met a single one, who is not willing to go that extra mile to help. This has been a tremendous help to me since some subjects can be particularly challenging in engineering.
What would be your top tips for a new international student starting at the University of Nottingham in their first year?
Be open minded – try making international friends
Live in Halls in year 1 – great way to break in to uni life
Study hard from year 1