3rd year student Anna talks about studying French at the University of Birmingham.
Why choose Birmingham?
I chose Birmingham because when I came here I could really envisage myself being here. The atmosphere was really nice and I felt quite secure here.
One of the things I found with Birmingham that I didn’t find anywhere else is the campus; you have everything, all the amenities that you need, on site. You have this sort of atmosphere and security, knowing that there is just students in one place. But at the same time, you can go into the centre of Birmingham and be in a big city in literally five minutes on the train – you get the best of both worlds.
There is a wealth of facilities on campus. The library is one of the main places that a lot of students will go to. It has absolutely loads of books and really helpful staff and it’s really easy to find what you need.
Also, because we are a campus university, we have shops and places to eat, which are of a really high standard. We also have great sporting facilities – I personally use the dance studio and that’s a really, really nice clean place to dance in.
Clubs and societies
There are over 160 societies in Birmingham. You have a lot of choice, whatever you are interested in. I personally am a member of Frogsoc, which is the French Society, which is great fun. We organise film nights and we have cheese and wine nights. Every year we go on a trip to Paris for a few days, which is amazing and really good fun.
I’m also a member of the Dance Society, which is called Buds. They offer a broad range of dance classes that you can attend. I personally do ballet, tap, musical theatre and dance aerobics, but you can do absolutely loads from belly dancing to jazz, absolutely anything!
I think my experience at the University has been really amazing, so far. I’ve made loads of new friends and really enjoyed developing new friendships. I’ve gained a lot of freedom and independence, and enjoyed coming away from my home and settling in and exploring a new place, which is really exciting.