What is your name and country of origin?
My name is Savio Baptista and I am from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Tell us briefly about your educational background
First, I graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society in 2010. Later on, I graduated from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology with an Ontario College Diploma in Law Clerk in 2014.
What are you studying?
I am studying law in the LLB (Scots & English) (Graduate Entry) program at the University of Strathclyde.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Strathclyde?
While researching graduate-entry LLB programmes in the UK, I was captivated by the University of Strathclyde’s law school and its degree programmes. In particular, the Dual Qualifying Accelerated (Scots and English Law) programme stood out amongst other graduate-entry LLB programmes, since it allows an individual to gain an in-depth understanding of both English and Scottish legal systems.
How would you describe the University of Strathclyde?
At Strathclyde, students will greatly benefit from the quality of teaching. The manner in which lectures are delivered opens the door to deeper learning. I myself have consistently been challenged since I am required to be innovative, and think more critically as I go through my course work and assignments.
Have you been a member of any student clubs or societies within the University of Strathclyde?
During my first year as a law student, I served as an Editorial Board Member with the Strathclyde Student Law Review. In this position, I was required to read, critically analyze, and edit submitted articles and book reviews. In addition, I served as the Halls Vice Convener/President (Collegelands) for the University of Strathclyde Halls Committee. As a committee member, I took part in planning student events, and served as a liaison between the University of Strathclyde, University Of Strathclyde Students’ Association, Residence Services, and students living on residence.
Currently, I am the Editor-In-Chief of the Strathclyde Student Law Review. In this role, I am in charge of putting together the annual publication of the Strathclyde Student Law Review, and overseeing all duties and responsibilities of the Editorial Board Members.
What has been your experience living in Student Halls?
The staff members at Strathclyde were extremely helpful when I was applying for my student housing. From the beginning, my questions were always answered in a timely manner, and my interactions with staff members never left me with a feeling of uncertainty.
My advice to international students is to strongly consider living in Student Halls during the first year of study. First of all, it is a great way to meet people within your course and others who also attend the University of Strathclyde. The student accommodations also provide students with access to various facilities that they will need throughout the academic year.
What are you hoping to do post-graduation?
Following the completion of my law degree, I plan to pursue a career as a real estate lawyer. As a real estate lawyer, I would be expected to have a strong understanding of the law in areas, such as property law and contract law. Secondly, I will need to possess a range of skills in order to successfully handle the legal aspects of residential and commercial real estate transactions. Such knowledge and skills will be developed as I undertake courses in law school so that I will eventually be able to think like a lawyer.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Applying to the UK for higher education is a lengthy process, and there are also various costs to consider. Based on my experience, I would strongly recommend getting in touch with a representative from Future Project. The Future Project team will work closely with you, and provide an in-depth understanding of the application process.
How did Future Project assist you during the application process?
The Future Project team was really helpful when I needed to apply for my student visa. I was provided with clear instructions on how to proceed with my Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number once I accepted my offer of admission from the University of Strathclyde.
Were you awarded any scholarships?
Yes, I was awarded Scotland’s Saltire Scholarship. This is a scholarship awarded by the Scottish Government for successfully demonstrating that Scotland is the ideal destination to pursue higher education.
How did you hear about the scholarship?
I learned about this scholarship opportunity through the University of Strathclyde and Future Project.
In what ways has this scholarship had a significant impact on your life?
As a Saltire Scholar, I received an invitation from the Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages to attend a reception welcoming all Saltire Scholarship recipients to Scotland.
This event took place at Edinburgh Castle. It was truly a night to remember since it was the first time I had visited Edinburgh, which is the capital of Scotland. As well, I got the opportunity to go on a private tour of the castle. These experiences would not have been possible without the Saltire Scholarship Programme.
Are international students permitted to work part-time in the UK?
If you wish to work part-time during your studies, then I would recommend applying for your National Insurance Number as soon as you arrive in the UK. In my experience, the process for obtaining the National Insurance Number was relatively quick.
I currently work as a Residential Accommodation Assistant at my residence. There are also numerous part-time job opportunities available on campus and within the Glasgow City Centre. However, it is important to keep in mind that your student visa will only permit you to work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during each school term.
Deciding which university to study at, for some, can be a very difficult choice. After finishing high-school, I was torn between continuing my studies in Canada or choosing to go abroad. After extensive research, and asking several people for help and advice, I decided that the best choice for me was to go abroad to study the MPharm program at the University of Sunderland.
I knew that I wanted to be a pharmacist, but I didn’t know exactly where I wanted to study. My sister had already completed the pharmacy program at the University of Sunderland and she really recommended the programme to me. Most importantly, she found it really easy to become a licensed pharmacist once she got back to Canada, having to study for just a few small exams before she could start working and this was a major factor in influencing my decision.
Before I arrived, the International Officer were really helpful, through back-and-forth emails they helped confirm my position at the University of Sunderland, guiding me in all the necessary steps required to study abroad, such as applying for a visa.
Overall, the University ensures that everyone, no matter what their nationality, culture or religion, feels welcomed. Adjusting to life in the UK was not difficult, as the University takes pride in organizing international coffee afternoons and many other after school programs that allow students to get to know each other.
What I like most about the course is that it feels very personalized. Larger lectures are always followed up with a smaller class called a seminar. This means that I always get the opportunity to ask any questions that I might have. If I am still struggling with a concept introduced in a lecture or seminar, then it’s really easy to book an appointment with a lecturer or professor, who are always willing to help explain any areas of confusion.
Another reason as to why I chose the University of Sunderland is the convenience of the city. Everything is within walking distance: the mall, restaurants, the beach and the metro station. The overall cost of living is also really reasonable. The University’s student accommodation is extremely safe, with 24 hour security for example, but if you want to live off-campus then there are many alternatives close by that are also reasonably priced.
I would definitely recommend the University of Sunderland as a place to study, I’ve really enjoyed my first year here and am excited to continue my studies after the summer vacation!
I am currently a PhD Candidate, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. Prior to Sheffield, I completed my four year Honours BA in Criminology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. While I was completing this degree I completed an internship in Cape Town, South Africa in human rights policy. I also worked part time throughout my studies.
Why I chose International Criminology at Sheffield
I chose the University of Sheffield because of the international focus it brings to my studies. Very few schools have a strong focus on international perspectives for many fields of study. The University of Sheffield gave me the opportunity to work with staff that are currently researching in my field and have a strong understanding of international perspectives for criminology. The University of Sheffield also allowed for me to study in a country, not my own, while still having a strong reputation in Canada.
The learning environment
The most enjoyable aspect of studying international criminology at the University of Sheffield is the intense focus on the subject area with the small course size. There are only eight people in my program which allows for a lot of time to get to know the staff and have one to one talks about what interests you the most. Staff are very open to hear your thoughts on what you want to do with your studies and how you want to go about it. There is a genuine interest in your studies and helping you get the most out of it.
The most valuable aspects of my course include the wealth of knowledge in my field throughout the faculty and the limited contact time during the week allows for me to work with my colleagues on my course and take a lot of time to do independent study. If you ever get lost or need guidance the staff have an in depth knowledge and are very helpful. There is a strong sense of community created here which is a unique experience to the University of Sheffield.
The teaching and study methods at the University of Sheffield are very flexible. With the Information Commons operating 24 hours a day, there is a lot of flexibility in the way anyone studies. The teaching method also gives a strong emphasis on employability. There is a good balance between lecturing and participation. You work on your ability to give presentations, understand statistics and receive in depth lectures pertaining to your studies.
Positive personal development
The benefits from an education at the University of Sheffield vary. With the strong community between both students and staff at the University of Sheffield your social ability is strengthened along with your academic abilities. You learn to be open with many different people and allow yourself to experience new things. I have personally become very involved in comedy groups at the university whereas before I was very timid in performing but always felt I wanted to. The University of Sheffield creates an environment that allows you to feel safe pushing your own boundaries. This is true of your academics as well. The staff are very open to your ideas and, more than I have experienced before, and willing to work with you in a genuine way. This educates you to be open in asking for help and understanding how to help others.
Highlights of life at Sheffield University
In my opinion the best thing about life at the University of Sheffield is the community, both academic and social. There is a place for everyone here. If you want to get involved in comedy, writing, poetry, medieval clubs or anything else you can find other people who are just as interested. The same goes for the academics. The faculties and departments do a great job helping you connect with students who are interested in the same topics allowing you to connect and create friendships and networks that will benefit you for life.
My advice to new students
First of all, don’t be put off by distance. If I want to fly to Vancouver from Toronto to visit my brother it takes me roughly the same time to fly to England from Toronto. Also, take note that it’s easy and cheap to get to Europe and I visited Barcelona with a bunch of friends from the university comedy club. By our standards, England is really small and Sheffield is right in the centre so it’s easy to get to other British cities such as London, Liverpool and everywhere else you might want to visit.
If you are a prospective student I would advise you to come to The University of Sheffield with an open mind and a willingness to work. To any student coming to Sheffield you can achieve so much, even if you are here for one semester or a full undergraduate you can achieve many things. You have to be willing to put yourself out there and do the work but if you find what you are interested in it won’t feel like work. You will be surrounded by friends who are all in the same boat!.
I experienced things in Sheffield I never thought I would be a part of. I have a chance to do things I never dreamt I would be able to do, like performing improvised comedy in front of strangers, going to festivals, and, academically, working with a supervisor on green criminology was a real highlight.. If you work at it and are open to new experiences you will surprise and impress yourself – and everyone around you!
I would like to work with governments and large corporations on their green policies and help them reduce and eliminate their criminal and harmful practices, specifically in hazardous waste disposal, on the environment. I would love to become a professor of green criminology which focuses on harms and crimes against the environment.
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My name is Patrick Wilson, I am 28 years old, and I come from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Alberta, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Athabasca University. While currently studying law at the University of Sussex, I am one of the International Student Ambassadors for the American region.
With the ever progressing global view of law, I believed that studying in a different country could not only be a great experience, but also a catalyst to a prosperous legal career. Another factor that influenced my decision to study in the UK was strong family ties. As I grew up in Canada, attending law school in England presented a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with my British family. With regards to why I chose Sussex specifically, I was extremely attracted to it’s well known international department. In addition, the law school has recently developed a two year graduate law program which was no doubt an incentive to choose Sussex over other options.
The best thing about the University of Sussex is that it is its own beautiful, friendly and preserved community, tucked away just a bit outside of the city of Brighton. For an international student beginning their studies at the University, there are almost all the amenities you will need to live, grow and succeed during your studies. The campus itself while being a hive of growth and knowledge, still maintains a very relaxed atmosphere. Also the University has so many options for extracurricular activities, I myself am involved in legal competition like Mooting and Criminal Advocacy, and I am the Treasurer of the Canadian Law Society, and work with Hope for Children. So when it comes time for you to decide your extracurricular activities, the problem won’t be finding any, it will be finding time to fit in all the ones you want to try.
Being able to travel to some of the amazing European countries has certainly been a highlight of my time studying in England. If I had stayed in Canada I may have never had the opportunity.
Why did you choose Newcastle?
I chose Newcastle because of the University’s great Law School. There are incredible professors and a lot of support for students. The city of Newcastle was also attractive to me because it is small, yet has every amenity available in a big city. Additionally, the city has a lot of students, making it easy to make friends from a wide variety of places.
What do you like most about your course?
I like that the law school is a bit sequestered from the main Newcastle campus. It allows the students to form relationships with students in the same course more easily. There is also a plethora of ways to get involved in the law school, whether it is through competitions, sport, the North East Law Review or through the Eldon Society. I have had the opportunity to make great friends and be taught by inspiring professors, who have helped me get the most out of my time at Newcastle University.
If you had to recommend Newcastle or your course to a student trying to choose a university what would you say to them?
I would tell them how great of a city Newcastle is for students. There are many different activities to partake in and it is easy to make friends with similar interests. The Newcastle Airport, although small, flies to many different destinations, making it easy to travel and see the rest of Europe. I would recommend my course to law students who want the chance to strive academically, and who also want to be apart of something bigger. Newcastle Law School does not treat their students as numbers. Academic staff knows who their students are, and they help you reach your academic and career goals.
How would you describe Newcastle?
I would describe Newcastle as a small city with a big city feel. Virtually everywhere you want to go is within walking distance and it starts to feel like home very quickly.
What do you think about the clubs and societies that you can join? If you have been a member of one, what sort of activities has it involved?
There are so many clubs and societies to join through the Newcastle University Students Union, or through the Law School. It appears that there is something for everyone, and if there is not something you fancy, then you can make your own! I have been a member (and now a committee member) of the Eldon Society since Stage 1. The Eldon society organises a lot of socials, events, and academic activities to help with your studies and networking. There are many sports teams or clubs you can join and it does not matter if you are new to the sport. The Canadian Law Student Society is a new society we started in my Stage 2 year. It has allowed me the opportunity to network with fellow Canadians, and we help each other navigate through to our desired career goals, whether it be to stay in England, move back to Canada or even the United States.
Where do you live? Was it easy to find somewhere?
I live in Jesmond, which is quite a student area. There are a lot of parks, shops and bars, which makes it a little city itself. It was not difficult to find a place. There are quite a few letting agents to chose from, and the University also provides housing services.
What are your future plans?
My future plans are to become qualified to practice law in both England and Canada.
Do you have any tips about budgeting or student finance?
I have found that the cost of living in Newcastle is lower than the cost of living in Canada. This has helped me with budgeting. I would however, recommend keeping an eye on the Canadian dollar. The price conversion can be tricky to conceptualise at first!
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Prior to my enrolment at the University of Sheffield, I was attending university in Toronto, Canada at the University of Guelph – Humber Campus for the psychology program. I had enrolled and completed one year whilst working part-time as a security guard on weekends and occasional evenings. I decided that I wanted to study law as a result of being a security guard and adhering to rules, regulations and different laws to become a solicitor. In Canada you must complete an undergrad, which is four years in length before applying to law school in Canada to become a solicitor.
I chose the University of Sheffield after conducting internet research in my spare time. I found that it was a university that was ranked number one for student experience in 2014-2015. The location of the university was in Sheffield, which had a lot of attractive shops and malls like the Meadowhall Shopping Centre and leisure attractions so I knew I would not be bored and could find something to do on my free time.
In my honest opinion, the most enjoyable thing about studying law at the University is the teaching team in the School of Law. Most of the teaching team are very well known not only in the United Kingdom but also internationally for the projects they are a part of outside teaching at the University of Sheffield. It gives me great confidence to be lectured by instructors that not only wanted to be professors but are professors as well as still practice in their respected fields of law.
The most valuable aspects of my course to me is the way the teaching team strive to bring up-to-date and relevant issues of the everyday world into the lecture to show real world applications. This is done by lectures that are constantly being updated with information. There are also follow up notes and website links that the law faculty sends via email which help extend the learning from the lecture theatres and seminars to optional after hours that you can subscribe to get daily or weekly updates with law in the news. Personally, I use a lot of social media; it’s very useful and the law team even suggests great twitter accounts for interesting law updates which I found hilarious and extremely relevant.
I am used to big lectures being taught to hundreds of students at once followed up with single individual study at home with a midterm and an exam for assessment. At the University of Sheffield, the teaching style is very unique and holds a lot of value to me. There are a combination of lectures and seminar sessions. Seminars in particular give students the opportunity to ask questions and go over course work as well as lectures with the seminar tutor and the seminar groups are very small so there is one-on-one time where individuals can have the full benefit of the academics attention. Also in my course (Law) there are Cafè Style lectures in a few modules, which help with team building and allow people that would ordinarily be opposed to group work the chance to try something new. I found this a very unique and extremely helpful learning style in both my educational skills and life skills.
The University of Sheffield is a Russell Group university, known for its academic prestige and public research. The University of Sheffield is also a top 100 university assessed by independent international assessments like the QS World University Ranking that gave the university 80th world ranking in 2015 and the Times Higher Education World University that ranked the university at 97th in the world and 15th in the United Kingdom for 2015-2016. The benefits that carry with these rankings is the recognition the university receives for the efforts in researching, teaching and facilities to help the graduates become successful while learning, and within their careers.
Being from Canada, and a big city (Toronto), I feel like there is always something to do here in Sheffield. The best thing about life at the University of Sheffield is that it a students life. Majority of the people I meet are students. This atmosphere makes it very easy to make new friends and everyone I have met is open and willing to help when you encounter problems. There is always an event to get people involved with not only the university itself, but also the community of Sheffield. There are breath-taking views at the peeks of the city when you go for your morning jog.
After successful completion of my LLB at the University of Sheffield, I intend on return to Canada to practice law in Ontario. There will be some required conversion exams that I will have pass in Ontario to gain credit for my overseas LLB. I hope to work in Ontario as a solicitor in the corporate law field and possibly even own my own law firm.
Although moving to England was a big change, it was a lot easier then I thought. The transition made me a bit nervous because I felt like I leaving behind a lot of familiarities but in reality, Sheffield became my home in no time at all. The process seemed overwhelmed but was straightforward, from getting my student visa to actually boarding the plane to arriving at my accommodation. The staff of the university and faculty also helped with the process with answering any questions I had. I found that there is always someone at the university that is willing to help, and if you ask the wrong person they steer you in the right direction to get the answers you need. Sheffield as a city is also very similar to what I was use to, besides the obvious cars on the opposite side of the road. I would tell prospective students that there is no need to be nervous, although it may seem like a big change it shouldn’t be a scary change because there is still plenty of opportunity to travel back home during the Christmas break and Easter break if you do feel home sick; in all honesty Sheffield is very homely. Finally, bringing pencils from home is something to think about as the amount for them here can get expensive when you look at the price difference, again that’s nothing to be too worried about.
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I feel that the teaching staff at the School of Law are very responsive in person and by email. They are really approachable in class and they really help us understand the basic principles of law. The cases and concepts that we are studying in contract, tort, property and legal methods this year are very interesting. It is exciting to learn from professors who are experienced practitioners and are leaders in research in their perspective areas of law. I’m enjoying classes in the Graduate School as it’s a very inspiring space to study. Queen’s campus in general is quite beautiful.
My fellow classmates are very collegial and supportive of each other in our studies. We also have the opportunity to participate in many extra-curricular activities. I’m a member of the Law Society and was able to attend a career event where we heard about opportunities with Baker McKenzie. I was able to participate in the first ever Belfast Model UN Conference happening at Queen’s from November 12 to 14, 2015. Recently, I have also been admitted to participate in the World Universities Comparative Law Project which is facilitated by Allen & Overy in partnership with top universities around the world.
The application process for me started in the Study Abroad Fair I attended in Toronto, Canada where I met Heather Kinning and later Dr. Al Attar. As a mature international student, I found the fair very helpful as well as the interactive presentation session. I was able to gather all the information I needed and email Ms. Kinning and Dr. Al Attar directly as needed. I successfully applied online for the JD Law program and Ms. Kinning was very helpful in communicating deadlines and clarifying the requirements for my student visa, housing application and student induction schedule upon arrival.
My highlights for Belfast so far is experiencing the Belfast Culture night in October. I have also been able to take advantage of the weekend trips organized by Queen’s Accommodation. I really enjoyed seeing Giant’s Causeway and the Guinness Factory in Dublin. I also really enjoyed the local tours offered by the Student Union and Postgraduate School.
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Applying for the school was quite seamless and easy to follow. The school was quick to respond to all inquiries and was very clear with what documents were needed to complete the application. I heard back from the JD programme relatively quickly and I was honoured to receive a scholarship offer from the school as well.
The Accommodation and International Office were very easy to deal with and quick to respond to all inquiries, no matter how seemingly trivial. I met lots of other international students as soon as I arrived on campus.
The support network is fabulous. Everyone is very quick to respond to questions in person and via email. The teaching format is incredibly effective and efficient. The classes are small and very personal so you do not feel like just another fish in the sea.
The facilities could not be better. The Graduate Building is an amazing building with great study space and the Library resources are second to none.
The fitness area in Queen’s Sport is amazing and quite affordable and I use it daily. I am writing for the school newspaper – The Gown, and also volunteering with several organizations in Belfast.
Travelling around is easy by taking the bus to Dublin and there are cheap flights to continental Europe every day. Belfast – in general as a city, people are incredibly kind and the city is beautiful. The history is incredibly interesting. I already have recommended the city and the program to many friends back home
My highlights so far are going to Dublin for Halloween
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Your name and country? Guillaume Gazil from Canada
Name of scholarship you have been awarded. Canada Masters Scholarship
What are you studying? MSc Statistics
Why did you choose to study at Nottingham? The content of the course was appealing to me. Moreover, the University has a great reputation both academically and in terms of international student experience. These reasons, combined with positive feedback from a member of staff at my home university, explain my choice to study at Nottingham.
How did you hear about the scholarship? Browsing the University’s website
How has the scholarship helped you to achieve your study? Working hard and seeing the results of your own efforts is a great feeling. However, when other people do as well and tell you, it is even more gratifying and it motivates you even more to continue. This is the effect the scholarship has had on me so far.
How you are enjoying your studies here in Nottingham? A lot! Nottingham is as good as advertised: beautiful – and very green! – campus, high-quality teaching, friendly flat- and classmates from all over the world and there are countless of opportunities through the Students’ Union – provided you can find the time for them of course!
What advice would you give to other international students about settling into University life at Nottingham? Documentation sent to you by your School and by the International Office is really helpful. Reading it carefully prior to coming to Nottingham makes the transition easier because it gives you a clearer idea of what to expect once you are here.
What are you hoping to do post-graduation? After completing this degree, I feel I will have the necessary tools to start working. Finding a job as a statistician in the UK, in the health field possibly, is what I would be looking for as of today.
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Having Scottish heritage, I’d always wanted to travel to and explore the country where my ancestors came from. When the opportunity arose to study at the University of Glasgow on an exchange from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, I jumped at the chance.
I chose Glasgow specifically because it’s well known for its vibrant culture and multitude of events, museums and lively arts scene. Also, the university looks like Hogwarts so this was another major selling point for me.
It was very easy to settle into life in Glasgow. Glaswegians are very friendly people. Always chat to the taxi drivers on your way home, they have the best stories. It was also easy to meet other international students through the events put on by the international student society.
During my time at Glasgow, I stayed at the Murano Street student residences. I loved my flat and my flatmates, who have now become lifelong friends and we’ve already trekked across the globe to visit each other. We had a great view that looked out over the West End from our kitchen window.
The residence wasn’t too far from campus and it was easy to get to the city centre. The best parts of living at Murano were having the large supermarket less than a 10-minute walk away, strolling along the canal surrounding the residences, and walking past the Botanic Gardens and all the shops on Byres Road on the way to class.
There are so many great eateries and pubs in Glasgow, many of which are located in the West End near the university. Many of my lunch breaks and evenings were spent socialising on Ashton Lane. I also really valued the green spaces throughout the city.
In terms of culture, Glasgow is a proud Scottish city that also boasts a strong international influence both in cuisine and events. You could easily find yourself indulging in Scottish haggis and Indian cuisine on the same day. I was also lucky enough to participate in both a Scottish archaeology and history course while at the university, which gave me a new appreciation for my ancestry and the country I was studying in.
The best part about studying at the University of Glasgow was how friendly and engaging all the professors were, as well as all of the events that were put on for international students to get to know the city and country they were living in.
My top tips for new students would be to invest in a good umbrella and pair of wellies. The rain in Glasgow can be unpredictable but rays of sunshine almost always follow closely behind.
I’d definitely recommend studying in Glasgow to other international students. Glasgow is a unique place with cultural diversity, lots of engagement opportunities, and a strong social heartbeat. I will never forget the connections I made with the city, country and people I met.
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