International Students in the UK

Shams Tabriz

Shams Tabriz has come to the UK from Bangladesh. He is 21 and is studying Engineering at the University of Huddersfield. Despite the fees being much higher in the UK, Shams believes that the emphasis on practical work on his course, including a year-long industry placement, will give him the edge and kick-start his career. 

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

The UK is a great country in which to study engineering because the universities focus not only on the theoretical aspect of engineering, but also on their practical application. Besides that, UK universities provide the opportunity for a year-long industrial placement which gives students a taste of industry even before finishing the degree. This experience also helps secure a graduate job.

How did you find the application process?

It was very easy. I found out about it all at the British Council Seminar in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Did you consider any other countries?

Canada, Australia, the USA and Malaysia.

Was it easy to find useful information about the UK? 

Yes, the British Council provided lots of useful information. University websites are also good sources of info.

How do the fees compare to your home country?

Government-funded universities are free of charge in Bangladesh. Decent private universities charge around the equivalent of £1,000 to £2,000 a year. So, fees in the UK are pretty high. Nearly 10 times higher in some cases.

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

First and foremost  I love living in such a multicultural environment. When it comes to studying, I am enjoying the practical-oriented teaching methods here.

Anything you’re finding difficult?

In the beginning I found assignments difficult because of the language.

What do you plan to do after your course?

I am planning on getting a graduate job in UK or a good PhD studentship in my area of interest, which is renewable and alternative energy.

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

Of course it will. The amount of practical knowledge I am getting here will certainly help me to achieve my ambition of being a professional engineer. I have a year's worth of industrial experience through my placement year in Vauxhall Motors Ltd, which I think will give me a head start in my future career.