This is an interview by Miss Jessica Wood - International student officer at Aston University. In this interview she discusses about popular courses among Indian students, admission services, funding opportunities and much more...Before applying
Q. Is your institution popular amongst Indian students? How many Indian students do you have on your rolls?
A. Our institution is very popular among Indian Students, and this year we have 217 students enrolled at the University, on a range of different subjects. Students are split across our four Schools of Study: Aston Business School, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Life and Health Sciences and Languages and Social Sciences.
Q. Do you have an International Office? What services do you offer? Are there any special services for Indian students?
A. We have a dedicated international office with a team of 12 staff, who are always available to help with student queries. We also have International Student advisors who are able to help with visa applications and offer advice for International Students. On arrival at the University, students are met by ‘Aston Aunties’ – second or final year students at the University who help to settle you in. You are shown around the University and the City, and trips are organised to the local supermarket, the cinema, and even theme parks! This really helps to settle you in to the University, and to the City of Birmingham. Aston University prides itself on being a small and friendly campus University, so it is easy to settle in and make new friends when you arrive!
Q. Why do you think Indian students should apply to your institution?
A. Aston University is a great institution with fantastic graduate employment figures and a good academic reputation. Students can be assured of getting a high quality degree, whilst studying at a modern, self contained campus. Our location in the city centre of Birmingham means that students get the best of both worlds – a friendly, safe campus environment next to a lively and vibrant city. All Indian students are guaranteed accommodation on campus for the duration of their degree.
Q. What advice would you give to Indian students who are applying to enroll?
A. Apply quickly – our courses are popular and so fill up very fast!
Q. Any notable Indian alumni?
A. We have many successful Alumni from India, working for a wide range of different companies both in India and abroad. Our most prolific alumni are Dr Ravi Kant who is the Vice-Chairman of Tata Motors, and Dr SantruptMisra, CEO, Carbon Black Business & Director, Group H.R. of the Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd.
Q. Are there any funding opportunities available for Indian students who are applying to your institution?
A. Yes, we do have a range of scholarships available for Indian students wishing to study many of the courses that we offer. Please visit our website for further information on Fees and Scholarship.
Q. What are the popular courses amongst Indian students?
A. We run a full range of course at foundation, Undergraduate, Masters and PhD level, in a wide range of subjects.
All of our Undergraduate courses offer the option to complete a work placement year as part of the degree, so students can gain valuable work experience in their field of interest. Work placements are normally paid, and we have many top companies that employ our students. Placements last for a full year, and all international students are able to undertake placements too. For further information visit Undergraduate placements.
Our Masters programmes are also of a very high quality and well renowned. We offer many Business programmes (including International Business, Marketing, Finance and Investments and a triple accredited MBA). Engineering subjects (Data Communications, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Sensors and Sensing Systems, Telecommunications Technology) and Life and Health Science programmes (Pharmacy, Drug Design, Biotechnology, Biomedical Sciences). A full list of the courses that we offer can be found on our website.
Q. Is there an Indian student society/ association? What do they do?
A. Aston is a small and friendly University, and so it is easy to become involved in our many different clubs and societies. We have over 80 societies for a wide range of interests, including sporting, cultural, academic and religious interests (such as the Hindu society).
We also have an International Student’s society, who organise a wide range of social activities throughout the year, including trips to other UK cities (London, Edinburgh, Stratford-Upon-Avon), theatre trips, restaurant outings, and many other activities.
Please visit our Student’s Guild website for further information about the many different clubs and societies that we offer.
Q. What career services are open to Indians who graduate from your institution?
A. In the 2012 Sunday Times University Guide, Aston University
has been ranked 5th in the UK and 1st outside London for the percentage of graduates entering employment who achieve graduate level jobs. This places us above other top UK Universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and Durham.
We have a very highly rated careers service at Aston University, with a dedicated careers counsellor for International Students. Students are able to receive advice and guidance from the dedicated counsellor and the careers information team, and personal appointments can be booked online at your convenience.
Our website and interactive job finder can help you keep up to date with the latest vacancies for Aston students and graduates. All students will receive personal login information for the online jobs portal.. We also hold many careers events on campus throughout the year, which are free for students to attend. This provides a chance to talk to employers about the vacancies that they are offering. For further information, please visit Career and Placements page.
Q. Are there any companies that have recruited Indian students from your institution?
A. Many companies in both the UK and abroad recruit our Indian students. Please visit our careers service website to discover more about career.
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