More about Tim
Why did you choose NTU and your course?
There are several reasons why I have decided to choose NTU. Firstly, it is a partner university of my German university (TH Aschaffenburg). Secondly, when conducting my research about the University I found out about its outstanding teaching reputation, which is important to me. Thirdly, I wanted to undertake my exchange year in an English-speaking country.
I am curious about the financial and investment aspect of real estate, so when going through the course details I recognised that the lecture content would perfectly fit my demands and expectations.
What is the best thing about your course?
There are too many to name just one! I really like working independently on assignments instead of only having exams.
Does the “real” NTU match what you’d imagined? How does it compare with your friends’ experience at other universities?
I imagined that there would be a higher number of students on the course. I personally prefer having a smaller course size as it is possible to interact with the teacher when I have a question. This enhances the learning experience. It is difficult to compare it with my friends’ experiences, since many of them have been completing an exchange year around the world and there are certainly differences.
What do you think makes NTU a top university?
It my experience, it is definitely the helpfulness and motivation of the teachers. For example, I am currently conducting a dissertation and when I submitted my proposal, my supervising teacher told me that this would have the potential to be published in an academic journal and therefore she is supporting me in terms of the publication process. When I have a question or I am struggling with something, my teacher takes time to help me, which is extremely kind.
What would you say to someone thinking of applying to NTU?
What are you waiting for?
How would you promote NTU to potential students in 10 words or fewer?
Excellent teaching and a great variety of extracurricular activities.
What three words would you use to describe Nottingham?
Noisy, friendly and international.
Where would you recommend visiting in Nottingham?
Bierkeller. This is a decent German pub.
Where is the best place to eat, go to a gig or buy clothes?
Food: Annie’s Burger Shack (all kind of exotic burgers – delicious). Shopping: Victoria Centre.
Did you find it easy to make friends at NTU?
Yes, especially when visiting multiple events during welcome week.
Where would you turn for support, advice, or guidance?
Either I would ask my exchange coordinator or visiting the administration office.
What’s next for you after NTU?
After completing my exchange year in Nottingham, I will return to Germany starting my internship with Ernst and Young. After graduating from university, I plan on doing my masters in finance (probably again in the UK).
What’s the biggest difference compared with a university back home?
As abovementioned, the focus is rather on assignments instead of exams. Also, due to the significant discrepancy in terms of the number of students, NTU offers more activities as well as sport clubs than my university in Germany.