This is an interview by Ms Ela Siddiqui - International student officer at University of Chester. In this interview she discusses about popular courses among Indian students, admission services, funding opportunities and much more...
Q. Is your institution popular amongst Indian students? How many Indian students do you have on your rolls?
A. The University of Chester welcomes students from over 60 countries. Currently we have over 70 Indian students enrolled on various programs. Year on year the International Office has noticed an increase in the number of enquiries, with over 1000 enquiries received last year from Indian applicants alone.
Q. Do you have an International Office? What services do you offer? Are there any special services for Indian students?
A. The International Office and the International Welfare team are located on campus to guide and provide you with information, advice and support on personal, social, academic and financial issues during your time with us.
Q. Why do you think Indian students should apply to your institution?
A. International students choose to study in the UK to gain a world class education, widen their horizons, and make new friends but also to get a taste of British culture. There are few places in the UK that offer students a truly British experience and the University of Chester is definitely one of them.
The University of Chester has students from all over the world, when you add to this the fact that we are located in the historic city of Chester -which is one of the UK’s top business and tourist destinations, why would you study anywhere else?
I think the quote from The Times summarizes well my points
“The picturesque Roman city of Chester is one of those places that outsiders probably always expected to have its own university".
Q. What advice would you give to Indian students who are applying to enroll?
A. With over 100 public Universities in the UK, the final decision where to study can be a very difficult one. Do your research before you choose your institution- The University of Chester’s International web pages have many interesting videos, photos and useful information that should help you to get a better feel of what it is like to study at Chester.
Q. Are there any funding opportunities available for Indian students who are applying to your institution?
A. University of Chester fees are very competitive and we offer scholarships and discounts
Undergraduate fees can be as low as £8,060 per year (after discounts)
MSc Management students can pay as little as £7,500 (after discounts) and MBA students £7,999 (after discounts)
It is worth noting that according to the Sunday Times raking (2011) the University of Chester is the third most affordable to live in.
Please visit the fees and scholarship page to know more about the cost of study
Q. What are the popular courses amongst Indian students?
A. MBA, Management (with various pathways), Biomedical Sciences, Computer Science, Information Systems but also Nursing, Public Health/Diabetes Management, Endodontology and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation
Q. Is there an Indian student society/ association? What do they do?
A. There are over 70 various societies run by students; the most popular one amongst Indian students is the Cricket Society. If you do not find any society that you would like to join, you can always create your own!
Q. What career services are open to Indians who graduate from your institution?
A. Our Career Services have been declared 'world class' after being awarded the maximum five stars in a rigorous assessment by one of Europe's leading quality management organizations.
They will be in constant touch with you; emailing you news about jobs on/off campus, work shadowing opportunities, talks with industry experts etc. They also offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews.
Q. Are there any companies that have recruited Indian students from your institution?
A. Two former University of Chester Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Master (CVR) students were instrumental in ensuring that India’s Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, successfully recovered from heart bypass surgery. Dr. Contractor from the Asian Heart Institute and two former CVR students were responsible for Dr. Singh’s rehabilitation program.