Victoria is a blogger and content writer for international students at New College Manchester in the United Kingdom.
Where did you go to school?
The University of Sheffield
When and where did you study abroad?
I studied in my home country, however I now write blogs and content for international students for New College Manchester.
What was the BEST part about studying abroad?
As a writer for a Manchester (UK) based English language college, I would say the best part about studying abroad is the complete language immersion experience students gain from studying an English course in a predominantly English speaking country. We try to get our students involved in a range of activities outside of the classroom such as comedy nights, trips to UK cities and attractions and conversation clubs.
It seems to work for our students as they rate at which they learn English is very impressive, a fact many of them attribute to studying in such a vibrant UK city.
What did you learn about he rest of the world from studying abroad? What did you learn about yourself from the experience?
One of the things we have learnt in working with international students from all over the globe is that often teaching methods in other countries are very different to that in the UK. In the UK we encourage debating with lecturers, however in other countries this can be seen as disrespectful, leading to overseas students being quite unfamiliar with UK university teaching methods!
What was your BIGGEST challenge when studying abroad?
The biggest challenge our students face seems to be homesickness, however we try to get them involved in a range of social activities, so this isn’t usually a concern for long! We also offer regular advice regarding cultural events, places of worship and specialist food stores, i.e. Halal butchers, to make our students feel at home.
How did studying abroad change your life?
Dealing with international student issues has made me realize that international students sometimes don’t get the support they need. This has been raised in a few prolific cases in the past couple of years (i.e. London Met University and claims universities only accept overseas students for the funding they bring).
This has made me strive to make international students aware of the tools they can use to determine quality universities. These include good university guides and attending open days wherever possible.
What have you been doing post studying abroad?
After graduating I’ve been writing extensively for student and international student sites. It’s perfect as I love writing, and as a recent graduate, I’m quite knowledgeable about the issues international students face!
What’s your BEST piece of advice for a student who is thinking about studying abroad?
Research, research, research. Don’t allow yourself to be swayed by schools with close-knit relationships to certain universities, choose the institution you feel most comfortable with.