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Student Spotlight: BSc in Economics and Management

Hotcourses talks to Saniya, a student from Kazakhstan, studying Economics and Management in UK

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I met with Saniya  at the Royal Holloway Coffee Shop  right after  the  presentation  she gave on pharmaceuticals industry problems.  Saniya is a second-year Economics and Management  BSc student  at  Royal Holloway, University of London. She transferred to RHUL from  Kazakh-British Technical University .

Q. Why did you enroll on your course and how did you choose your university?

My decision to apply to Royal Holloway, University of London was, somewhat, inevitable.  Back in Kazakhstan, I was a University of London International Program student in Kazakh-British Technical University. I was studying the course based on the University of London curriculum and I was already quite familiar with that University.

Q. Why did you choose the UK as a study destination?

It is close to home. That`s  the main point for me.  Another important reason was that I knew  there would be a big Russian–speaking community in England. And that  is exactly what I found at Royal Holloway. I met a lot of students from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan.

Q. How did you feel in your first month?  

I guess, I`m a lucky girl  because the  first month I came here, my family was with me, so I had people to help me to settle.  Moreover, The Support Services at Royal Holloway organized a lot of events including a barbecue night, library and IT sessions.

Q. Where did you live and how did you find suitable accommodation? 

I was late with the accomodation application, so I had to find a place to stay on my own as the  University residences were already occupied. I found a house near the campus and I live there with my little brother and sister, who also study in England. To find it I contacted local real estate agencies  and chose it with my mother within two weeks. 

 Q. How did you integrate into the social scene at your university?

In the first two weeks at the University there was a society fair. And I literally signed-ip for all of them:  Dancing society, Debating Society, Diplomatic Society, Investment Society, and of course, Kazakh Society.  I met a lot of people  there, both students and guest speakers from a variety of industries and backgrounds.

Q. Did you experience any culture shocks when you arrived in the UK?  

No. Honestly, I knew what to expect. I was in Egland a few times with my family before.  Moreover, I studied in USA before coming to UK, so I was already used to being abroad.

Q. How did you fund your studies? 

Again, I was lucky. I got a scholarship from the Royal Holloway. I couldn`t expect I would get one.  First of all,  I applied in May, and that is pretty late, but still, I was granted a scholarship.  And it was  the International Students Department  that advised me  about that  possibility. The scholarship covers part of my education fees.

Q. What were the biggest challenges that you faced in your first year? 

As I mentioned, I transfered from Kazakhstan  right to the second year, and it`s natural that  I didn`t know anyone from my group.  By the time I came to Royal Holloway, all my classmates were already very close as they studied the first year together.  In terms of studies, I didn`t face any difficulties.

Q. How does the English teaching style differ from that in your home country?

At Kazakh-British Technical University  the teaching style was much similar to the actual British way of teaching. However, here in England you are supposed to do a lot of self-study. Moreover,  our management studies are mainly based on case-study method. That differs from what I was used to  before.

Q. What are the best things about studying in the UK?

I would say,  British education is practice-oriented and does really prepare you for the actual career.  That`s what I value the most.  Another advantage of studying in England is the international experience itself.

Q. What are you planning to do after graduation?

I hope to work a few years after graduation and then apply  for an MBA programme in USA.

Q. What advice would you give to other new international students?

I would recommend to join societies, meet as many people as you can, try to talk to people everywhere, even on the bus stop since you never know where you can meet great friends. Finally, I would say to just enjoy the experience, you have this opportunity only once in your life!


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