Rochelle Ceri Smith

University: NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences

Course: International Teacher Education for Primary Schools

Which year you are in: 1st Year

Home Town in UK: Plymouth

1. Why did you choose to study abroad?

I have lived in Greece for most of my high school life and because of this, once I moved back to the UK I realised that the international life was more for me. I moved to a city that is pro the international environment.

2. How would you rate the assistance of the university before you arrived (the application process, finding accommodation, sorting out financial matters)?

Absolutely great! I had issues with my high school diploma and all the staff were supportive in helping me to sort it out. It was made easy and simple.

3. How would you rate the assistance of the university when you arrived (orientation etc)?

8/10

4. Did you feel prepared when you arrived and/or what surprised you?

What surprised me was the number of female students. Other than this the study was as I imagined it.

5. How would you rate the learning environment (teaching style, studying with other international students, non-native English speaking lecturers)?

8/10 apart from one lecturer all speak English perfectly. The diverse levels of English between students is noticeable but all speak English even if there is another at the table who speak the same language. The community is welcoming and warm due to the smallsize of the school-whichis appealing.

6. Would you recommend studying abroad to someone your age who might never have thought about it before?

Yes 100%

7. Is there anything you wish someone had told you at the time you applied?

Try and be as openminded as possible and don’t underestimate the study. I also wish I did the study sooner as I am currently 25 whereas the average age is 18.

8. Would you recommend your course, university, city to British students?

Yes but only if you love working with children and you want to do the actual study as this is not a party /student city.

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