Interested in studying business in the UK? Join us in this webinar and learn all about why the University of Exeter's Business School should be at the top of your list. A Russell Group uni with both undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from international business, finance, marketing, management and even an MBA, Exeter is one of the only business schools in the world that offers triple accreditation. In this webinar you'll get an in depth look at everything Exeter's Business School has to offer: its beautiful campus and facilities, focus on sustainable business practices, and commitment to student satisfaction and developing leaders for a better world.
Hi! My name is Carolina and I am a University of Exeter alumni where I studied the MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity. I had been dreaming for years to take this course given that its modules aligned perfectly with the skills and knowledge I wanted to acquire. Plus they offered a field trip to Kenya!
Although I studied at the University of Exeter, I have actually never been to Exeter given that my course was offered at the Cornwall campus. Cornwall or Kernow as it’s referred to in the local language (Yes! They have their own language which is completely different to English) is located in the southwest of England and is my honest opinion one of the most beautiful counties in the UK, not that I am biased because I lived there for over a year.
My experience living and studying in Cornwall was nothing short of amazing. Unlike larger campuses, Cornwall offered a smaller and incredibly supportive community between the students and faculty members. I spent most of my time at the Master Suite, the most amazing place built for posgraduate students. It was open 24/7, included a kitchen and even showers! This is where I spent most of my days working on my assignments and dissertation and it was only a 15 min walk from my home which meant I could always go home for lunch and have a break from work. I chose to live off campus and get the experience of living in a house instead of student accommodation. Our house was a beautiful home overlooking the Penryn River, where two resident swans visited us every day when the tide was up. We even had our own little moor which we used to launch a boat and kayaks. All four of my housemates were British and one of them had grown up in Penryn so he knew all the best places that only locals know about.
To someone that has never been to a pub it is difficult to explain what it is. They serve drinks and food (most of them) but it is nothing like a bar or a restaurant. It is where an entire community or neighbourhood comes together. There is nothing that sums up my experience of living in the UK than visiting the local pub on a Wednesday afternoon. It is chaos but a friendly and warming kind of chaos. I would see whole families enjoying a meal, children running about or trying to do their coursework. Students playing pool whilst discussing an upcoming a group project and of course dogs! I would even see my landlord who would drive from a whole different town just to attend the pub quiz (he was very good at it!).
To anyone interested in studying in the UK I would tell them to look beyond universities in London and other big cities and consider some lesser popular places like Cornwall. I had the most incredible experience, made lifelong friends and even managed to learn a few words in Cornish.
If there is anything I wish I had known before coming to the UK would be that when someone says “You alright?” they are simply saying hello and not actually asking how you are.
My experience since I arrived in the UK has been based on new challenges, learning and life lessons that have allowed me to grow at all levels and aspects of my life. Dreaming of one day in the UK and doing my master's degree seemed like an impossible dream and even being here seems like a dream. What I like the most about studying in the UK is the academic level that the universities have, the human quality that I find in the teachers and being able to have a cultural exchange with the international and local students who are part of the program.
The academic level is high, but the university provides different tools for international students that allow us to maintain the demands of the programs and to be able to fulfill the academic duties.
For me, one of the reasons for choosing was to find a university that maintained a recognized academic level both in the UK and globally. The University of Exeter currently ranks in the top 135 best places in the world.
The program I chose is full-time, but it gives you the facility to organize your homework autonomously part of the time, creating independence and also allowing the student to work part-time.
From my experience, I have chosen to live in the university residences and although it is a little more expensive, I have been able to create friendships with students from my same university more quickly, and have permanent access to the university facilities.
One thing that has been a privilege for me is being able to work and study in parallel. The UK provides that opportunity for international students, where we can work 20 hours a week. The same university I'm at gives job opportunities to international students who want to work.
I am currently doing my master's degree in International Human Resource Management. I must say that it has exceeded my expectations, since the focus of this program at the university is unique since it allows me to apply my knowledge anywhere in the world and gives me a global notion of how human resource management works in different parts of the world. .
Exeter is a small and quiet city, but it is recognized for being a city for students and this helps to meet many people who are developing their undergraduate or postgraduate studies from different parts of the world, with similar interests to their own. Also life is not as expensive as London or other cities in UK. The university is a 15-minute walk from the city center, so it's easy to save money on transportation. Exeter is a very safe city.
I chose the University of Exeter for a number of reasons: reputation, resources, size, and location. I was really interested in earning a master’s degree related to business management with some type of international component, but personally, was not inclined to earn an MBA. A one-year course studying International Management in England was perfectly suited to my goals and aligned with the direction I wanted to follow, especially in a foreign country. I felt that the classes covered in this program embodied the aspects of academia that I wanted to dive into while bringing in my previous knowledge and experience to build a versatile degree for my future.
Prior to studying at the Business School, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic and Corporate Communication with a minor in Psychology, from Chapman University in Southern California, USA. Following this, I worked as a Human Resource intern for six months at a global medical technology company specializing in non-invasive patient monitoring devices.
The University of Exeter is an exceptional institution with some of the best resources and the most incredible staff I have ever had the privilege to work with. I have benefitted greatly from both the lecturers' teaching styles and time spent with professors outside of class. I have particularly enjoyed the Global Career Management course led by Becky Kilsby and Claire Dinan. This course covers a broad range of practical information to specifically help students grow professionally in their careers, rather than just a course rich in academic information.
The University of Exeter’s campus is the perfect size, and with a central location, it’s easy to walk into the town centre for lunch and shopping with friends, or to catch a bus or train for a weekend getaway. The scenery is lovely, the older buildings give the atmosphere character, and walking around the hilly campus is a great way to stay in shape and catch a break from sitting in class.
Moving to Exeter from Southern California was not too much of a “culture shock” or challenge for me. I arrived overjoyed for this opportunity with a positive and open mindset and with a genuine willingness to adapt to a new environment. One of the biggest highlights has been the international feel of the university, which was exactly what I was looking for. Establishing amazing and lasting friendships with people from all over the world is something I will cherish forever and often reflect upon. I truly would have not had the same experience without branching out and building relationships with my peers.
My advice for students wishing to come to Exeter would be to do so with an adaptable and motivated spirit, taking time to truly immerse themselves in post-graduate life and establishing solid relationships from the very beginning. You need to be mentally and emotionally prepared to stay on track, using time and energy management skills, whilst learning how to be responsible and fully take care of yourself away from home. I would also recommend building a good rapport with your professors and to meet with them, even if just for a chat. The staff here are extraordinarily friendly, approachable, and welcoming to international students, use them as a resource!
I have made the decision to pursue my career back in the USA. Before I leave, I am thankful for the opportunity to travel through Europe and catch a break before beginning the next chapter. I absolutely believe that my international experience earning a postgraduate degree from a prestigious UK university will enhance my employability. Conducting a final business consulting project, connecting local businesses and stakeholders interested in the future of Exeter as a city, has also provided a hands-on, practical experience that will prepare me to effectively launch my career.
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