Study abroad – Bibi story

Hello, My name is Bibi and I am a student at Swansea University, Wales.

I am graduating in July 2019, but I’ve decided to stay in Swansea for a Master’s next year, as I’ve enjoyed my time here so much, both socially and academically. Because of this, I’m here to tell you about my experience at Swansea University.

But let’s start from the beginning. How did I end up in Swansea?

I was born in Genova and lived there all my life, but I have always loved to travel. During my last year of secondary school, I started thinking about what to do next. I knew I wanted to go to university, but I didn’t have a clear idea about what I would like to study – I loved English and I wanted to learn it as best as I could. I took a gap year and I moved to the UK as an au pair. It was great year for me and I realised that I wanted to live there. Sure, I was missing my family and delicious Italian food (and I still do), but I decided to find a way to stay. So, I talked to my host mum and she suggested I apply to university.

I started my application process, which turned out to be way easier than I thought: I even enjoyed writing my personal statement. While I was deciding which universities to apply to, my host mum suggested Swansea University and that’s when I first heard of it. I also attended a university fair for international students. Amongst all the people I talked to, the girl at the Swansea University’s stall was the nicest and happiest one there and I thought that she must have really enjoyed her time in Swansea. So, I started looking into Swansea more carefully. The course seemed great and the beach was so close and so beautiful.

Three years have gone by really rapidly, but I still remember everything as if it happened yesterday. I had great fun living in student halls: I met my best friends there -and my boyfriend – I made pizza and we had a pizza party (more than once!). I discovered my passion (or maybe obsession?) with karaoke and met people from all over the world. I had barbeques on the beach and fantastic strolls and runs in the park just next to the university. I explored the Gower and saw so many sunsets disappearing in the sea.

I also had an amazing academic experience. I’ve learnt a lot and I was supported every single step of the way. I was assigned a tutor from my first year to whom I could refer to every time I needed help, and not only academically. I remember that the first thing she ever asked me was whether I had settled in well, made friends and got to know my way around Swansea. I was always able to ask her for advice either about coursework or my future in further education. And the same was true of all the other lecturers. Whenever you don’t understand something or you’re not sure about how to proceed in a piece of coursework, you can go to their offices and ask for clarification and support.

Swansea University is also great for providing its students with experiences. I have been working as a student ambassador for almost three years now, through which I’ve acquired some amazing skills for my CV. Because of my degree, I was given an opportunity to get a professional qualification accredited by Cambridge University to teach English as a foreign language, which allows me to have a great job over the summer and earn good money.

So, this is a brief summary of how I chose Swansea University and my time here!

I hope you’ve enjoyed it.