International Students in the UK

Alina Marcu - Bradford

Alina has come over to the UK from Romania's capital, Bucharest. She's currently studying for a BSc in Media Technology and Production at the University of Bradford. Alina was drawn to the UK because the course offers her the opportunity to acquire the practical and technical skills required for a career in media. 

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

I chose to study in the UK because media courses in my country are not taught at the same level as they are here and I wanted to pursue a high quality education.

How did you find the application process?

Applying through UCAS was easy because there are private institutions such as Study Abroad and Mirunette International that help students in Romania (and I’m sure in other countries as well) apply to study abroad. They guide all their applicants through the whole process, sending appropriate paperwork and explaining every step. If I hadn't have had their help, I would have had no idea where to start.

What other countries did you consider going to for study?

I did not consider going to any country other than the UK, despite the financial burden. I already had friends in this country so I wanted to move close to them.

Was it easy to find useful information about the UK?

The Study Abroad Advising Centre hold a briefing meeting where you are told what studying in the UK is like in general, followed by a more focused briefing once I knew what university I was going to. The university website does a good job in informing students about their courses and university life, but also about the local area. All information was easily accessible.

How are you finding the experience of living and studying in the UK?

I personally find living in the UK easy and natural. People are nice and I have a made a good group of friends through joining different clubs and societies within the university. I particularly enjoy the practical side of studying a media course as we have access to industry-level equipment.

What do you plan to do after your course?

I am aiming to work in the television or radio industry. 

Do you feel that studying in the UK will help you to achieve your ambitions?

Yes, because it has provided me with the practical skills and experience that qualify me for a job in the industry. I wouldn’t have had this privilege in my country because of the lack of opportunities and technology.