May 22, 2019, by International students
International Student Ambassadors: Jhanvi from Hong Kong
Why did you choose the University of Nottingham?
I chose to study at the University of Nottingham for several reasons. Firstly, my course provided me with the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects in similar field. For example, in first year I am able to take modules such as Business Law, Economic Principles, Business Finance, Computers in Business and the Fundamentals of Financial and Management Accounting. Secondly, I found that I was able to select from several study abroad opportunities which I found really attractive. Lastly, with such a large percentage of International Students at the university, I did not feel segregated or such and it instead helped me adjust to the change in lifestyle.
What is your favourite thing about the University of Nottingham?
My favourite thing about the University of Nottingham would be the balance that the campus holds between city life and campus life. With transportation easily accessible and always available, it makes going to the city centre a quick ride away. On the other hand, the campus-feel is still there throughout each of the university’s campuses which contributes to the overall university experience that I was looking for. Overall, the university’s ability to maintain a campus vibe while having the city right next door, is one of my favourite things about the University of Nottingham.
Other than this, I also love the emphasis that the university has on maintaining a healthy lifestyle through sports. There is also a large variety of activities catered towards international students such as international week.
What is the best thing about your course?
As mentioned previously, the best part of my course would be the wide range of modules I have and the study abroad opportunity. In addition to this, I have really enjoyed the learning style that each of my modules follow. With a mix of seminars, workshops and lectures, it allows for students to get one on one contact with tutors during seminars while learning with 250 other students in lectures. In addition to this, the CIMA programme integrated into the BSc Finance, Accounting and Management course holds a large advantage as it makes it easier for you to become a chartered accountant if you do choose to go down that route.
What is your experience of accommodation in Nottingham?
This year, I chose to stay on University Park Campus in Lenton and Wortley Hall. I found this hall to have the most optimum location as there was convenient access to city buses (including the night bus) right in front of the hall and the hopper bus to Jubilee made it easy for me to go to class. Moreover, Jubilee Campus is walking distance away from Lenton and Wortley Hall which is very convenient in comparison to other halls which are further away such as Broadgate Park where walking to class would become inconvenient. Furthermore, after discussing with the warden, it was found that the catered food at the hall was one of the best throughout the university! I am staying in a Shared Bathroom Plus room which I would definitely recommend to new students.
What would be your top tips for a new international student starting at the University of Nottingham in their first year?
My top tip for a new international student would be to avoid overpacking and to definitely consider going for a 39-week contract accommodation. Avoiding overpacking makes it easier to bring and take back everything you think you need for university survival. Moreover, with a 39-week contract, it makes it easier as you do not need to find a storage unit space or take back your things with you during the holidays. Lastly, do not worry about settling in with the cultural shock. The large international community and accommodating staff make it a fast, easy and convenient process.
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