“I chose the University of Plymouth because the music course provides comprehensive modules, including music technology, composition, performance, ethnomusicology, which enables me to learn different aspects of music.”
In the beginning, being an international student was a little overwhelming, with the language and culture shock, however, the University provided support through Student Services and The Writing Café where I received guidance with my English. The staff and professors are helpful and friendly and I can always get the help I need.”
“I suggest new international students should practise their English language skills as much as possible. Read more English books and articles and learn the vocabulary of the courses, as there will be a lot of writing and professional coursework. I normally organise time to review what I have learnt during the week, do some preparation for the next week. In my spare time I meet up with my friends for food and we chat about our week. I also take part in events such as music festivals and field trips.”
“I used the International Student Orientation Programme. The ambassadors kindly picked the students up from Heathrow Airport. They also offered students a sim card. On our arrival in Plymouth the bus passed the Roland Levinsky Building, and it was my first impression of the University. It has now become the building I pass by every time I go on campus. I used the international student advice service several times in my first term to sort out my visa and Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card and in the second year to apply for the Schengen visa for my field trip to Berlin.”
Music to your ears
“The University of Plymouth ensures students have a pleasant learning journey. There are different departments students can benefit from if they experience any problems with their course.
The careers service helps students build up their future career path, enhance their CV and offer job opportunities.
I would encourage international students to make the most of their time at university, by participating in events on campus and talking to their course mates or professors about studying issues instead of suffering in silence, and take advantage of the University’s facilities. I have enjoyed many events, such as becoming a
Student Ambassador where I made friends with other ambassadors.
In my first year, I went to the international orientation event, where I met several international friends who I remain in touch with.”
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World of local food
“Plymouth has quite a few good restaurants, and as a Chinese student I love the Chinese food from the Imperial Garden and the Hong Kong cuisine in the Red Lantern. There is a small Vietnamese restaurant on the second floor of the Plymouth Pannier Market, where they offer delicious, quick food.”