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Student Spotlight: Marketing

hotcourses Abroad gives you an international student's account of studying marketing in London.

Marco Martinez

Name: Marco Martinez

Course:  Marketing

Study Level: Postgraduate

University: Royal Holloway University of London

Country of origin: Spain

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

When I was looking for a university to study in, I wanted to be in a place that was close to London, had a good reputation and a nice environment. I feel that Royal Holloway has all of these aspects on the good side, which is why I studied here. Since I enjoyed my bachelor’s degree in Management at Royal Holloway, I decided to further my studies at the same university, but with more specialization. I found that most interesting area within business is Marketing, so I decided to stick with that.

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

During my education in primary and secondary school, I was following American and British systems, which would make it difficult for me to switch to a Spanish system. On top of that,, I felt that living on my own for a few years would be an excellent experience.

Q. How did you feel in your first month?  

I particularly enjoyed my first month as it could be considered to be a fresh start, after a year that I spent with disappointments. I met people, forgot people, but most important of all, I still know people.

Q. How did your institution help you settle in to university life in the first few weeks?

During fresher’s week, we don’t have any classes, and there are plenty of events that let you meet new people such as free barbecues, clubs and societies. Also, the staff is very well informed and has timetables planned out quite well to allow

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

I live in the university’s halls of residence. The halls are assigned based on people’s priorities, but as long as you apply and pay on schedule, there shouldn’t be any problems.

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

Simply meet people and find some common ground. Eventually the people I hung out with the most were people from my course.

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

Not much.

Q. How did you fund your studies? 

My family funds my studies.

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

Probably having to put up with people telling me to get a Facebook account.

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

I do not have much experience learning in a Spanish system, but from what I know, teachers expect you to follow a precise set of lectures or books and memorise them for the exam.

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

I like how the course encourages group discussion and research in order to get good grades. I also like how most of our courses don’t have any exams so that we don’t have to cram things in our heads for exams. After all, those things are forgotten three days afterwards.

Q. What are you planning to do after graduation?

I am planning to look for a job in London.

Q. What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started your studies?

I learned how to take advantage of the time I have, and how to manage myself

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

Take advantage of studying in a foreign environment. This might be your only chance of spending time abroad to meet people from different places, so be sure to take advantage of it. Also, be informed about things to do in your local area, as pretty much every place you go to will have a student discount available =)

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