Panayiota Constantinidou – BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

“I always knew that I wanted to study in the United Kingdom. When I was looking at universities, I immediately became interested in the University of Plymouth when I saw it was ranked as one of the top three modern universities in the UK.

This is what initially grabbed my attention and since my course includes research on new techniques and therapies to cure diseases, I realised that a modern university like Plymouth would offer me the most recent and up-to-date education.

Furthermore, it looked beautiful from the pictures and the fact that the campus is so close to the city centre reassured me about my decision to study here.”

An international local

“I never found it difficult being an international student at the University of Plymouth, since the lecturers are always willing to help you – it does not matter where you are from. 

Coming to the University gives you the opportunity to meet students from other countries with cultures different to yours.

It's normal to miss family, but the University offers many opportunities to make you feel at home and enjoy your time.

Getting used to hearing the language was slightly hard at the beginning, but after a week I got used to it. The more people you talk to, the more confident you get at speaking the language.”

“One of the most exciting things I have done during my time at the University was run the Plymouth 10K with one of the many University societies. It was a challenging experience but thrilling at the end.”

Swimming with sharks

“I always like to explore new places in and around Plymouth. I like going for walks on The Hoe and relax at the Elizabethan gardens. 

One of the most beautiful places I have visited in Plymouth is the National Marine Aquarium, where I had the chance to see the sharks swimming around me as well as Dora and Nemo. Also, the Royal William Yard has a magnificent view and if the weather is good, you can go for a boat trip to Mount Edgcumbe.”

Make the most of your time in Plymouth

Panayiota Constantinidou at the National Marine Aquarium