March 30, 2020, by International students
International Student Ambassadors: Etieno from Nigeria
Etieno is a Nigerian student who is studying MPH Public Health (Global Health)
Why did you choose the University of Nottingham?
There are different things I always look out for before I apply to study in any university; academic strength, university ranking, location, tuition fees e.t.c. While surfing the internet for schools that offered Public Health in the UK, University of Nottingham was one of the schools that was listed, out of curiosity I decided to find out more about the school and what it has to offer. I was very pleased with the programmes they had and the different modules to be taken, another striking thing about the school was the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects in similar field. I also found out that the quality of research done in the university was top notch and that gave me the confidence I needed to make the right decision.
What is your favourite thing about the University of Nottingham?
My favourite thing about University of Nottingham is the balance between the academic life and social life. It’s amazing how you still get to have a good social life while studying. There are lots of social activities organized by the student union and other social/cultural societies. In addition, the student support services are always there to guide, direct and help students with their various needs. Lastly, the academic staff are very friendly and approachable.
What is the best thing about your course?
The best thing about my course is the opportunity to study different subjects related to the field. In addition, the different learning style that each of the module follow has the combination of group work, presentation, seminar and workshop, which allows student to interact one on one with lecturers and their colleagues and also learn from each other. Public Health (Global Health) is an interesting field to start a career in, because of the vast opportunities available in this course.
What do you do with your spare time, and what are your hobbies?
For my spare time I usually visit the gym, or window shop at the city centre, read a novel, catch up and have dinner with friends. My hobbies are singing, dancing, cooking, surfing the internet and watching movies.
What do you like about Nottingham as a city?
What I love most about Nottingham as a city, is the means and ease of transportation, it’s so easy to have access to buses with free internet service as long as you have your bus ticket, and these buses are available to any location in the city. Another lovely thing about the city is the people, they are kind and friendly people in Nottingham. The city centre is one of my favourite place in the city. There, you have lots of amazing fashion stores, supermarkets, grocery stores, cinema and other fun places to hangout during your spare time.
What would be your top tips for a new international student starting at the University of Nottingham in their first year?
My top tips for international student, would be to try and sort out your accommodation for the first few weeks as swiftly as possible, I would recommend you stay in student accommodation for a start. Avoid over packing, travel with the basic things you need, others can be gotten when you arrive in Nottingham. Settling and adjusting in might seem a bit difficult, but not to worry the university of Nottingham has a large international community with accommodating staff and student ambassadors that will assist and make things easier as you settle in.