International Students in the UK

Zareen Anjum Khan - Bradford

Nineteen-year-old Zareen is originally from Bangladesh and is studying for a bachelor's degree in Economics and International Economics at the University of Bradford. Zareen came to the UK for its reputable education system and prestigious universities – her experience certainly seems to have delivered.   

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

The UK's education system has a good reputation and it is also home to some of the best universities in the world. The country has produced many brilliant academics who have gone on to win all sorts of accolades. Personally when deciding to study abroad, the UK was an obvious choice for me.

How did you find the application process?

The application process for the university was through UCAS and it was efficient and organised. UCAS is very well structured and makes the process less harrowing for prospective students when applying to multiple universities.

Did you consider studying in any other countries?

Apart from the UK I had also applied to and was accepted at universities in Canada. Malaysia was also a prospective country for me, mainly because of its cost-efficient universities.

Was it easy to find useful information about the UK?

For anyone looking to study in UK, there is a plethora of websites dedicated to universities and studying in the UK. The Complete University Guide provides university rankings along with many other unconventional ranks of universities, like crime rates, which as a foreigner were very useful to look at. There is also the UCAS website which has all the answers to any questions one might have during the application process.

How do the fees compare to your home country?

Needless to say the UK is indeed an expensive country. On average, tuition fees are five times that of universities in my country. You pay for the prestige.

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

Although it comes at a high cost financially, living in the UK is rewarding in every other possible way. It is enriched with knowledge in its academics, environment, cities and people. The best way to get the most of UK is to travel and take in as many cities possible. My experience thus far has been enlightening to say the least.

Anything you’re finding difficult?

Initially, because of the location of my university, I did find the strong Yorkshire accent a bit difficult. However, with time you get used to it and for all I know I might be speaking like them too!

What do you plan to do after your course?

After finishing my undergraduate degree I intend to move on and complete my postgraduate degree.

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

I do, mainly because of the outstanding education it is providing me with, with the best lecturers and the ultimate education package. At the same time the university provides endless means to apply that acquired knowledge in real life through placements, work experience and voluntary work. I think that is the best way to prepare anyone for any ambition – to give them knowledge and teach them how to use it.