The exposure I've had and networking I've done here will be invaluable for my career. I've been given a lot of opportunities.
More about Muhammad
Before coming here I was studying for my GCSEs. I did an IB course as well and then took a year out. I went to Egypt to learn Arabic and worked in a tourist office which helped me to learn the language and experience a different way of life. For me the UK was always an option for further study; I have always enjoyed my time here, I have family and friends who are here, and a UK degree is recognised worldwide.
I chose the course via Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). It was a general pathway to university. I have always been interested in accounting and I knew it would be a course that would help me in the future. I really enjoyed modules on corporate finance which covered a lot about finance strategies and risk management of finance and investments at this level. I would recommend the course to others, and already have in fact. One friend is in second year and another one in first year.
Studying this degree has been a worthwhile experience for me. After my degree I will not be following the natural graduate pathway as I plan to go back home and join the family, pharmaceutical business. However, the exposure and networking that I have done in the UK will be invaluable for my career. I have been given a lot of opportunities that I have learnt from. I have also learnt so many general life skills whilst living in the UK. I am far more independent and this really impresses my family when I go home!
Nottingham and NTU is really diverse. There is a big international community and students from all over the UK are here too. It is a student friendly city as there is so much accessible to us. The city has a real energy to it because of the student population.
I live in private accommodation 15 minutes from the Nottingham city centre. This means in the last two years I have got involved with societies like hockey and also setting up a football league with my friends. I had a part time voluntary job with an estate agent. It was really good as I could fit this around my studies whilst gaining experience at the same time. Therefore my advice when you are choosing accommodation would be to go and look at the properties, don’t just rely on reviews and pictures. This will make you sure that you will be happy where you live which is really important when you are away from home.