This is an interview by Miss Elizabeth Tyson - International student officer at Bournemouth 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. We find that Bournemouth University is a popular destination for Indian students. Last year we saw over 100 Indian students enroll on our courses, with the majority of these being postgraduate students. We find our courses in hospitality, animation and media, business management and of course our computing courses to be particularly of interest to Indian students.
Q. Do you have an International Office? What services do you offer? Are there any special services for Indian students?
A. We have an International Office that promotes Bournemouth University across the globe, including India. A Bournemouth University representative will usually travel to India around three times a year and often is also joined by academics from popular courses.
By travelling to India regularly it allows Bournemouth University to met students face to face, and discuss their education options with them personally. As well as meeting parents and other key stakeholders in the discussion making process.
Once Indian student have decided to come and study at Bournemouth University we have a Student Services team that look after them. All students are invited to take part in the International Students Orientation Programme (ISOP) which takes place during the first two weeks of the new term. This programme involves meeting and greeting students at Heathrow, driving students down to Bournemouth and helping them move into their student accommodation. The two week programme also involves safety briefings from the Police, help and advice in regards to setting up bank accounts as well as fun activities to help students settle in and make friends.
As well as this, for the whole time Indian students are studying at BU we have a whole host of activities they can join in with, including an Indian Society that helps the campus celebrate key festivals in the Indian diary, English language and study skills workshops and general support and advice when needed.
Q. Why do you think Indian students should apply to your institution?
A. Bournemouth University is set in one of the most beautiful areas of the UK
, the Dorset coastline; it is also conveniently only 2 hours by train into London. So we are in a great location for international students to be able to explore the UK during their studies. We are a very friendly University, and welcome international students, believing that they enhance our student population. Finally, we are also a very academic lead University with fantastic graduate employment statistics. We are the number one New University in England; we have the only National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) and have a United Nations World Tourism Organisation accreditation for our Hospitality and Tourism courses.
For more information about Bournemouth University and our achievements please see our website.
Q. What advice would you give to Indian students who are applying to enroll?
A. My advice to Indian students would be to ensure you research the course you are applying for writing your application. Ensure you read the information on our website about the course and the school it sits within. I would then recommend carefully writing a tailored personal statement for that course, highlighting the key reasons why you want to study this course and study at BU, what your academic background is and what your goals for the future are. Make sure that the personal statement is relevant to the course you are applying for, and that there are no spelling or grammatical mistakes!
Q. Any notable Indian alumni?
A. We are pleased to see our Indian alumni doing well across the globe. Most notably we have alumus now working across bollywood and Indian media working within the animation industry, journalism industry including magazines like Elle and also news companies like Reuters, and also working within TV and Production firms.
Q. Are there any funding opportunities available for Indian students who are applying to your institution?
A. We have a whole host of scholarship opportunities for both undergraduate and postgraduate international students. For example, currently we are offering 6 fully-funded scholarships worth £15,000 for our Executive MBA course for international students, and 6 part-funded scholarships worth £7,500 again for international students exclusively. We also offer specific school scholarships, for example, the Media School offer 20 scholarships worth £1,000 off your tuition fee to international students.
We also have the Bournemouth University International Partnership Scholarship for students who have studied at Jai Hind College in Mumbai, which is worth £3,000 and is offered to all students who have studied a relevant course at Jai Hind and have subsequently been offered a place at Bournemouth University.
For more information on all our scholarships please see Academic Achievement Scholarship page.
Q. What are the popular courses amongst Indian students?
A. Some of our most popular courses for Indian students are our animation postgraduate degrees, namely MA 3D Computer Animation and MA Digital Effects. Both these courses are taught with the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) which is internationally renowned for producing successful graduates in the animation world. Our Journalism courses are also very popular with Indian students, notably our MA Multi-media Journalism and MA International Journalism. Other popular courses also include our MSc Business Management courses and our Hospitality and Tourism courses.
Q. Is there an Indian student society/ association? What do they do?
A. Yes we have an Indian Society who organize events on and off campus for Indian students, called the Desi Network Association. We also have an International Students Society, where international students from all over the world can get to know each and enjoy social activities, as well as gain and lend help and support from each other.
Q. What career services are open to Indians who graduate from your institution?
A. The Placements & Careers service at BU exists to provide impartial and professional information, advice and guidance to all current BU students and graduates (up to 3 years from graduation) on issues related to developing their employability.
There is an online portal which allows students to gain access to careers information and employment opportunities tailored to the degree they are studying. The Placement and Careers Service also help students gain vital skills such as interview techniques, CV and covering letter reviews, psychometric test practice and self employment options, as well as much more.
Q. Are there any companies that have recruited Indian students from your institution?
A. Looking at lasts year data from our graduate employment statistics we can see that Indian students were employed by a wide selection of companies, including animation studio Double Negative, NDTV
– the largest media network on the Asian Subcontinent and HTEC, a large software company. Indian graduates have also gone on to work for Elle magazine in India, Reuters, BBC, Hilton Hotel group, JP Morgan (Banking) plus many more.
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