More about Silvia
Tell us why you chose to study abroad, and why you chose NTU?
“I have always wanted to live and study in England. I chose NTU because the University’s website was full of information, and it helped me to have a clear view of the course I wanted to choose.”
How did you feel about coming to a UK university?
“I was very excited, and a little scared at the same time. I knew I had to face many difficulties because it is not easy living in another country.”
Is there anything that stood out on your course, that wasn’t offered anywhere else you applied?
“When I looked for information on all universities, I noticed that NTU allowed students on modern languages courses to choose whether or not to do a year abroad during their third year. In other universities, this was compulsory. Personally, I think it is better to have it as an option, because many students might not feel ready for that kind of experience.”
What modules / topics / projects have you particularly enjoyed / found useful?
“The modules are interesting and well-structured. Without a doubt, the contemporary topics studied in the language module are more engaging. I think the conversational hour is one of the most useful activities to improve your dialogue skills.”
How does the way you study at NTU differ from your previous experience of studying?
“Compared to my previous experience, studying at NTU requires more skill in all areas. What I appreciate most is the fact that there are different types of exams. This helped to train students to not only study books, but also to do personal research.”
How do you feel that you have grown personally as well as academically at NTU?
“I have grown personally because I have met people from different countries. Learning about new cultures has enriched me. Academically, I'm learning a lot because of the teaching methods and quality of teaching.”
When you first came, did you feel welcomed?
“I took part in Welcome Week, which was very well organised. I participated in many activities, and I felt welcomed from the first moment. I socialised, and met many people even before I started the course.”
In what way are you supported by the academic staff in your faculty?
“All the lecturers and staff are very supportive. When I send them an email, they always reply very quickly. They are always willing to help me in many ways.”
What do you enjoy most about living in Nottingham?
“I really like Nottingham. You can find everything you want and I think it is very safe. Furthermore, the residents are very friendly and welcoming. It is even better than I expected.”
What has been your greatest achievement as an NTU student?
“My greatest achievement is the feeling that I have grown personally and academically. I’m constantly growing and learning at NTU.”
What advice would you give to prospective international students?
“I think studying at NTU is a wonderful experience. All lecturers are professional, yet they establish a friendly relationship with the students. The staff are also very supportive. In conclusion, I’d advise all students to come to NTU because they will study and learn in a beautiful university environment, with friendly and supportive people.”