Esther Gyan-Debrah
NTU has helped me become more confident. At the beginning of the academic year, I felt I was not knowledgeable enough to form an opinion. However, as time passed, I became more confident and I now question and analyse things in depth, something I never used to do.

More about Esther

Tell us why you chose to study abroad, and why you chose NTU?

“I always dreamt of studying abroad and learning languages. England was one of the first countries I thought of, as it has a great reputation when it comes to education. NTU became my first choice as it had a student satisfaction of 93%, and a high number of international students. Also, it seemed that NTU offered all the resources needed for me to broaden my knowledge and enjoy my course.”

How did you feel about coming to university in the UK in general?

“I was really looking forward to studying in the UK, and getting to know the culture and people. The thought of leaving home and coming to experience something new left me with excitement. I was ready to familiarise myself with a new country, people, and culture. Moreover, the fact that NTU has one of the highest percentages of international students made me feel good, and that I would be welcomed and accepted here.”

Why did you choose your course?

“My love for languages has always been big. Since I was a little child, I was convinced that I would learn many languages. Therefore, after my A-Levels, I went to France as a demi-pair to improve my language skills. However, I thought it would be a huge risk if I just studied languages, so I wanted to choose another field. I conducted some research and became more and more interested in European Studies.

“The course intrigued me as it covers a wide range of topics like history, cultural studies, and politics. In addition, it deals with current political, social, and economic issues. Another reason why I chose this course was the many job opportunities it offers. European Studies and French was the perfect option for me to combine my passion for languages and history!”

Is there anything that stood out on your course, that wasn’t offered anywhere else you applied?

“Yes, French and European Studies at NTU offer a variety of subjects/modules that other universities did not. Many European universities I looked at mainly offered Eastern European Studies and Languages, but I wanted to learn about the whole of Europe. Moreover, NTU promotes the year abroad and international exchange semester for students to really get in touch with language and other cultures.”

How do you feel that you have grown personally as well as academically at NTU?

“I definitely see a change in me since I started at NTU. I have become more independent and self-assured. I know now that I can rely on my skills and knowledge, as lecturers and librarians taught me how to make use of my skills and even improve them.”

When you first came, did you feel welcomed?

“At first, I did not know where I would fit in, but Welcome Week and Freshers’ Fair really helped me as I met a lot of people and even joined societies. I would advise everyone to participate in all programmes during Welcome Week as it facilitates integrating into university life and societies.”

In what way are you supported by the academic staff in your faculty?

“The staff are not only friendly and very helpful; they also give useful advice that help solve problems. Furthermore, they are quick to answer emails and questions. In my opinion, the most helpful sessions are the personal tutor ones, when I have the chance to open up and talk about more personal issues.”

What do you enjoy most about living in Nottingham?

“Nottingham is much smaller than my hometown Frankfurt; however events like the Goose Fair, Bonfire Night, and the Christmas market make it lively and nice. I also like the fact that Nottingham is so central; it is easy to travel to other cities like Birmingham and Manchester.”

What has been your greatest achievement as an NTU student?

“I believe that NTU has helped me become more confident. At the beginning of the academic year, I felt I was not knowledgeable enough and was unable to form an opinion. However, as time passed, I became more confident with the support of my lecturers. Another thing I noticed is that I now question and analyse things in depth, something I never used to do.”

What advice would you give to prospective international students?

“My advice for prospective students is not to worry too much! I know leaving an environment you are familiar with is challenging but coming to University is a very exciting experience. You will meet so many people who are in the same boat as you, so there is no need to worry.”

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