Joana Bica - BSc (Hons) Psychology

“Choosing to study at the University of Plymouth was the best decision I ever made.” 

“I came to an open day at the University and it seemed like such a friendly place. The Student Ambassadors were delighted to be there and that was a positive sign to me. I loved the fact that the campus is so close to everything, including accommodation.”

Becoming an international local

“Being an International Student may sometimes leave you feeling a little lost, confused or lonely. However, I’ve been at the University for less than a year and I’ve never been happier.

I would recommend undertaking a course with the University of Plymouth because there are many course options so there is something for everyone, and no matter what area of teaching the lecturers are passionate about their subject and that’s inspiring.

There’s always someone who can help, and it’s made clear where that help is available.”

Nothing to worry about

“Come to the UK with an open mind as the culture, food and the people will be a little different to what you’re used to but within a blink of an eye, it will feel like you're at home. 

Be prepared for British life, the UK is diverse and welcoming of people from all around the world so you'll find plenty of fellow international students in the same situation – you won’t be alone.

Everyone wants to make friends, you won’t be the only one.

Facebook groups are a good way to meet people and find out what’s happening.

That’s how I met my current friends, just try to get added to your course group and from there message people and ask to meet up. 

Research how public transport works so you will be able to get around easily and visit friends. 

Living in the UK has provided me with amazing opportunities I wouldn’t have been able to pursue in Portugal.

Bring a few of your favourite snacks, appropriate clothing for the (cold) weather, adaptable plugs and photos of family and friends to make you feel at home.”

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<p> The Hoe, Plymouth&nbsp;<br></p>
<p>Smeatons Tower, The Hoe, plymouth</p>
<p>The Hoe, Plymouth</p>

“The Hoe is the most beautiful place in Plymouth, in my opinion.”


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