Mandi Mu

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BSc Biological Sciences

Graduated in 2019 from the 2+2 China Partnership Programme

“I was attracted by the beautiful campus and different lifestyle in Birmingham”

Why did you decide to study Biosciences 2+2 at the University of Birmingham?

First of all, I do believe that studying in a different environment is very important, especially in a different country. After seeing a video of University of Birmingham and talking to Dr Stephen Minchin, I was attracted by the beautiful campus and different lifestyle in Birmingham. I then decided to study Bioscience 2+2 here.

How do you find living in Birmingham? Was it how you expected it to be?

Living in Birmingham is a pleasant and painful experience. The pain mostly came from my bad cooking skills. In my second year, living with my friends really made my life much easier and happier. We shopped and cooked together. After dinner, we shared interesting stories and sometimes played games. It was much better than I expected. Last but not least, my cooking skills had great progress.

What are the main differences between studying at the University of Birmingham and your university in China?

Studying at the University of Birmingham gives us more free time to explore our interest in Biosciences apart from the modules. There is more group work, which improved my social and communication skills. Most importantly, studying in Birmingham made me feel like an independent woman and responsible for every decision that I made.

What is your top tip for other students thinking of coming to study at Birmingham?

My top tip is that don’t be afraid of anything.

What are your aspirations for the future and how has studying abroad benefited you?

I want to continue the study and do research in Bioscience at the cellular and molecular level. Studying abroad makes me more confident and more qualified for the future.