reece barlow
The International Officers at NTU were so helpful and even kept in touch with my mum to help with things I wouldn’t have thought of like where I was going to do my grocery shopping! This was a big thing for my mum and I was happy that she was happy.

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Before coming to Nottingham Trent University (NTU), I was at an international school in Blantyre, Malawi. When my original plans to study in South Africa fell through I decided to look abroad. NTU had good rankings and offered great scholarship opportunities. What made me want to come here even more was the support I received after applying; the International Officers at NTU were so helpful and even kept in touch with my mum to help with things I wouldn’t have thought of like where I was going to do my grocery shopping! This was a big thing for my mum and I was happy that she was happy.

I chose pharmacology here as it felt like a challenging subject that would set me on a good career path. The best things about studying at NTU are the facilities and the staff; the super lab is amazing. I intend to complete a placement year as part of my course as this will set me up with the skills I need for when I graduate. I may even end up doing a Masters and, based on my experiences here so far, I would definitely consider doing this at NTU.

Settling in to life in the UK was definitely easier than I thought it would be. I chose to live in halls on Clifton Campus and from the very first week I have got on so well with my flatmates and others in the building. In halls there is always something going on and someone to chat to. The security of living in halls helps with settling in. The amazing Freshers reps really helped us all to bond and we are all still in contact now.

During Welcome Week I also joined RockSoc; this has helped me to make friends outside of my course and halls and also means you meet people from other years. My advice to any new international students is to really make the most of Welcome Week. Join a society even if you don’t know anyone in it. Making friends is so easy as everyone is in the same boat.

Nottingham is such a welcoming, student friendly city and your student card will be your best friend as almost everywhere offers deals and discounts for students. It’s also such an easy city to get around and the night buses are a great way to get back home after a night out. I went from living in a place where I had nothing to do to living somewhere where there is always something to do.

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