More about Nikol
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am Nikol Elia and I come from Cyprus. I speak four languages and study Economics with International Finance & Banking at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. My hobbies are travelling and ballroom dancing. I enjoy continuously developing myself through acquiring new knowledge, skills and experiences.
Why did you choose to study at Nottingham Trent University?
I have chosen to study at Nottingham Trent University, mainly because of its good reputation, continuous improvement and development, as well as the modern learning experience provided at the institution. In particular, the university offers professional Bloomberg terminals, the usage of which provides significant applicability to my course. Additionally, the university has a lot to offer in terms of experiences – a variety of exchange programs, employability opportunities, supplementary modules, workshops, challenges and events.
Did you come to NTU through an agent? If so how did that help you? How was your experience?
I came to NTU through my study advisor Ms. Koulla Papadopoulou – director of KFP Ways to UK study. This has helped me find the right path for myself and pick a university where I could make the most out of my experience.
Tell us about your course. What is the best bit?
I am very satisfied with my course – Economics with International Finance & Banking.
The structure of the course is very effective and inclusive of all students. It is also very functional - easy to tailor the course based on personal interests and aspirations, namely through different opportunities that are offered, paths - sandwich or full course, option modules and placement opportunities. Additionally, the course has a great balance of theory and application. I would highly recommend the course to other students.
Have you joined any societies or clubs at NTU? If so, how do you feel this has benefited you?
I have taken part in setting up the Economics Society at NTU, which I am currently the president of. The society aims to benefit students academically, through different workshops and guest lectures, as well as personally, through a variety of social events.
Have you had any opportunities to work or volunteer while at NTU?
I haven’t had work or volunteering experiences at NTU yet. However, I have been on a summer school at the BI Norwegian Business School, thanks to NBS Exchange; it was one of the best experiences in my life. Next semester, also through NBS Exchange, I will be doing a semester abroad at ZHAW in Winterthur, Switzerland.
Tell us about your accommodation while at NTU. How have you found it? Best things?
During the first year, I have lived in private student accommodation with students from my home country. It was a great experience and a comfortable environment. Currently, I live in a house with British students and one international student, which is also a nice experience as I get to know the British culture better.
What do you think are the best things about Nottingham for an international student?
The city has a lot of students compared to permanent residents, which provides a feeling of comfort and belonging. Nottingham is not too big – it is easy to get from one part of the city to the other, but it is also not too small – there are a lot of activities, events and places to visit. Nottingham is located in the heart of England, which makes it easier to travel and explore other locations of the country.
Have you learnt anything from your experiences that you would advise future international students?
I would advise future international students to try not to limit themselves to being friends only with other international students. In order to make the most of your experience, try to learn more about locals and their culture.
Can you describe NTU in three words?
Modern, Vibrant, Practical.