International Students in the UK
Pavel has come to the UK from Russia. He is studying for an MSc in E-Business & Innovation (EBIN) at Lancaster University Management School. Pavel strongly believes that his UK education will help him satisfy his ambitions to become a successful businessman.
Why did you choose to study in the UK?
Above all, I came for knowledge. Traditionally, UK universities have always been recognised for their education quality and research efforts. In addition to that, the EBIN programme brings two other valuable components into the mix, providing a highly international educational environment and a clear business focus, which resonated strongly with my aspirations as a future businessman.
How did you find the application process?
The application process for me consisted of collecting the necessary qualifications evidence (bachelor's degree transcript and English language certificates), writing a motivation letter, and gathering optional portfolio elements (including evidence of work experience, recommendation letters and additional qualifications). Overall, it was very transparent and went at a relaxed pace.
Did you consider studying in any other countries?
In the beginning, I thought of opportunities in the US and Germany, but never really investigated those options since the UK instantly proved the most attractive alternative.
Was it easy to find useful information about the UK?
It was easy enough. Lancaster University provided me with ample information and references about living in the UK in general and on campus in particular; the international student newsletter came on a regular basis, giving information on all the steps I was to take. In addition to that, Lancaster University International Office answered all of my questions promptly whenever I was unsure about any issues such as bringing my spouse to the UK.
How do the fees compare to your home country?
Generally speaking, the fees are two to four times higher than what most Russian universities charge their students annually. However, my Russian university kindly granted me a partial sponsorship. In addition to that, Lancaster University provides a number of scholarship opportunities, both for international students and students with excellent academic records in general. As a double degree student, I was eligible to have all of my tuition fees paid.
How are you finding the experience of living and studying in the UK?
It is absolutely fantastic. I enjoy almost all of the modules I am studying, all of which are nicely connecting the dots between management and IT in my head. In addition to studies, there is a huge support system around me, providing numerous opportunities for self-development: for instance, there are hundreds of societies I could join at Lancaster University, of which I eventually picked the Entrepreneurship Society and Culture Society. In the latter, I have the opportunity to learn some of the most popular European and Asian languages completely free of charge.
Anything you’re finding difficult?
Yes, the requirements for academic writing are substantially higher than in Russia, in terms of both quantity and quality of submitted coursework. On the other hand, most of the time such coursework substitutes the exams, which is enjoyable; I think that carefully reviewing the literature on a subject and expressing your thoughts on paper is much more useful than closed-book multiple-choice tests.
What do you plan to do after your course?
Initially, I am planning to return home and concentrate on developing my family business, potentially pursuing a number of side goals, whether they be in the form of additional ventures or a career.
Do you feel that studying in the UK will help you to achieve your ambitions?
Yes, most certainly. A diploma from a top 5 UK business school is always a brilliant line in one’s CV – my online profile has already interested a number of large industry players in Russia, in industries such as Commercial Banking, IT, and Innovation Development.
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