BSc Chemistry, School of Chemistry
Home Country: Estonia
"You have so many opportunities to do so many things. There are lots of different societies, sports clubs, and work opportunities throughout the University."
Why did you apply to the UK and specifically the University of Birmingham?
I really wanted to study abroad, so I saw that England has great universities and I already spoke the language. The University of Birmingham appealed to me because of the opportunity to study Chemistry combined with Business Management and the campus is really beautiful, with the University high in the rankings overall.
What are the best points of your course?
I love that I can study the joint programme and I enjoy both areas of my course. Both are taught very professionally and in a nice organised manner.
What´s the best thing about studying at the University of Birmingham?
Everything is so close! You have so many opportunities to do so many things. There are lots of different societies, sports clubs, and work opportunities throughout the University.
What´s your highlight of your time here so far?
Probably the BUCS Nationals – a big British Universities tournament for all different sports. And also the ball for Chemistry students.
What advice would you give to other International students?
If you choose to come to Birmingham, try to get your student accommodation in the Vale (it is so beautiful around the lake!) And join at least one society / sports club, even if you are not that interested in the activity itself. You will make many new friends and that will be worth it!
What do you like the most about the city?
I love the big library in the city! Also there are many places where to go shopping, for a coffee or for a night out.
How do you feel you have benefitted from the experience of studying in the UK?
I´ve definitely improved my English speaking skills as well as just general skills of living abroad. I ´ve had to get used to a completely new environment, which can be slightly scary in the beginning but it is exiting and a great experience.