More about Annika
Tell us why you chose to study abroad, and why you chose NTU?
“Due to my father’s job, I’ve moved to different countries all my life; the longest I’ve ever lived in the same place is six years. Because of this, I knew that I wanted to take the opportunity to study abroad as well. England was the obvious choice as I knew the language, and it has a very good reputation.
“Furthermore, it was one of the few countries in Europe I had never been to, so I was very interested in living there. The reason why I chose NTU is very cliché; when I visited all the universities I applied to, NTU stood out immediately. The campus was modern and colourful, all of the buildings were close together, and the accommodation looked so nice! In addition, when I spoke to current students, they all seemed so happy and content.”
How did you feel about coming to a UK university?
“I was really looking forward to the new experience, and meeting new people from different places and cultures. In comparison to Germany, UK universities are known to have a much stronger feeling of togetherness, especially because some accommodation is on campus. That really spoke to me as it meant that I’d feel included right from the beginning.”
What modules / topics / projects have you particularly enjoyed / found useful?
“I have always been very interested in politics, so I really enjoyed those modules in European Studies, as well as French. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the discussions we had at the beginning of the year in European Studies.”
How does the way you study at NTU differ from your previous experience of studying?
“The entire British school system is completely new to me; from the timetable and lecture times, to exams, independent studying, and writing essays. Having attended a German school before, the biggest challenges for me were getting used to writing essays that would be graded, and having a special exam period. In Germany, exams are spread out all throughout the year.”
How do you feel that you have grown personally as well as academically at NTU?
“I feel very much at home, and have definitely grown much more independent. Besides learning a lot in my lectures, I have also realised how important it is not just to study by myself, but also to work together in groups.”
In what way are you supported by the academic staff in your faculty?
“Whenever I have any questions, be it exam-related or about something covered in a lecture, I usually email my lecturers and most of the time, they respond within a day.”
What do you enjoy most about living in Nottingham?
“It is very easy to meet new people, and it’s in a great location for me. It’s so easy to get to London and thus visit my family who live in Germany, Switzerland, and Hong Kong.”
What has been your greatest achievement as an NTU student?
“Getting an International Scholarship Award.”
What advice would you give to prospective international students?
“Be open for everything! Try to get to know your flatmates and fellow students.”