I know more about how a UK University works now and I’ve made many good friends. I now have experience in studying more than just English, which gives me more courage to try new things.”
More about Qiong
Qiong came to NTU for her year abroad, from one of the University’s partner institutions, Beijing Language and Culture University.
Why did you choose the UK for your exchange?
“My subject in my home University is English Literature so I always wanted to have the experience of studying in an English-speaking country. I am also fascinated by the long history and unique culture of the UK.”
What is your favourite class/project at NTU?
“I like the module on intercultural communication in international contexts since Professor Donna Humphrey is really friendly and I was impressed by the many theories she introduced in lectures. I enjoy hanging out in the Global Lounge as well, as you can meet friends from all over the world!”
How did you find integrating into the classes here?
“There are some students who are really active in class and I learned a lot from them and their brilliant opinions. I hope I was also able to share my knowledge and culture with them.”
What’s your best memory from your time at NTU / in the UK?
“I was lucky enough to represent my country at Clifton Campus during Global Week. It was great fun to introduce Chinese culture and great food to people!”
What was the greatest challenge you encountered?
“In the first few months, I was a bit uncomfortable with the culture shock I experienced here. I struggled a lot in understanding people as they speak pretty fast here. Though I’ve been studying English for a long time, understanding real-life English is still a problem for me.”
What was your housing situation like?
“I stayed in a student flat with four other people. We shared one kitchen, one shower, and two toilets. It’s a bit of a shame for me that I didn’t get the chance to experience living in a real house in the UK.”
What advice would you give to other students who are thinking about studying abroad in the UK?
“Cherish the time you have here and make good friends in the UK. Time flies really fast so enjoy every moment.”
What do you think you gained from studying abroad?
“I know more about how a UK University works now and I’ve made many good friends. I now have experience in studying more than just English, which gives me more courage to try new things.”
What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
“It’s not that rainy compared to other British cities that I visited. It’s really international and friendly here as there are many students from all over the world.”
How do you think studying abroad will help you in terms of future career prospects?
“Having the experience of studying abroad pretty much helps already. My English language skills have improved since living in the UK for a year.”