Case Study: Biomedical Sciences in the UK
Name: Umar Gaba
Course: Biomedical Sciences
Study Level: Undergraduate
University: Kingston University
Country of origin: Pakistan
Q. Why did you enroll on your course and how did you choose your university?
I did everything online before I even got to the UK. I had short-listed a few universities but I read some good reviews about Kingston and the most important factor in choosing this university was the fact that my brother studies here as well so it was much more convenient.
Q. Why did you choose the UK as a study destination?
UK is famous for its academic and educational work for many centuries. Also, I had been here before in my childhood and I had an attachment with this place since the beginning so it wasn’t hard to choose UK as a study destination.
Q. How would you describe the structure of your course?
It’s a 3 year program which basically focuses on the diagnostic side of Medicine.
Q. How does the English teaching style differ from that in your home country?
Well, I was fortunate enough to study in good English medium schools here so for me, it hasn’t been that different from what I saw in the UK. Some people although might have to get used to the accents and other minor factors.
Q. How did you fund your studies?
My uncle is sponsoring me for the tuition fees and the rest I have to manage myself.
Q. What were the biggest challenges that you faced in your first year?
To be honest, it’s always difficult when you leave your home where you have lived for almost 20 years to a new place, where everything is so different. So of course, at first it was hard, especially the winters there. Then another thing was the food, it was hard to cook for me at first although now I have learnt a lot. So I would say that the first couple months are rough but then from there it’s all uphill.
Q. What are the best things about your course?
I always had an interest for science so Biomedical has a mixture of computing skills, science, medicine everything which I like studying.
Q. What are you planning to do after graduation?
I am planning to go into Cancer Research and become an Oncologist. I was motivated to do this after my father passed away in 2005 after battling pancreatic cancer.
Q. What advice would you give to other new international students?
To never give up on their dreams and to always work hard. I would tell them to choose a course or a field that they really like and have an interest for. Like this, they will never have to work even for a single day in their life.
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