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More about Chrystina

“I visited a couple of universities in the UK and fell in love with NTU very quickly. The international team were more than helpful at setting up a visit for me, taking me around, and then arranging for me to meet other NTU international students - I felt welcome from the beginning. The MSc Forensic Psychology course here was the program I was looking for; it truly prepares you for the future and there’s a lot of hands on experience.

“During the course we have visited a prison and a court. This was useful in order to see exactly what we could do with our MSc. We have more visits planned in the future and it’s a great opportunity to get a feel for certain places and see the differences between them. I enjoy learning about all the different research our lecturers have done. All of our lecturers have different interests and research different topics; when we have questions, there’s generally someone who knows something about it.

“I was awarded the School of Social Sciences International Scholarship. This really helped, as it’s nice to know that I was able to get half of my course funded. It took a lot of stress off not having to think about where I would get money and not needing a job during my course.

“Looking back and seeing how much information I’ve taken in in such a short period of time is amazing. I enjoy it, so it doesn’t feel like ‘work’. I also have just been accepted on a volunteering opportunity with Circles of Support and Accountability, and I feel like that is a great achievement. It’s a step into my future as well as helping support someone along the way.

“The Students’ Union has everything you could possibly want. The student support was particularly useful from the beginning as I had quite a few questions when I was getting started and they were always able to point me in the right direction and give me advice.

“Going into postgraduate study was scary as I thought I was supposed to know all the answers to everything, however, this community is so open that if you don’t know an answer you can just ask. If you’re unsure of something more than likely the person next to you can help, or the lecturer. Everyone has been so welcoming and its been easy to get along with everyone.

“I know when I decided to come to NTU I was scared and excited. I had never moved away from home and I decided to move across the Atlantic Ocean, but I’m so glad I did. It has been a great experience, full of amazing people, and so many opportunities. NTU is a great little community that welcomes you from the beginning, with all sorts of activities. Nottingham is also an affordable city with countless things to do to take a break from your studying.”

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