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My experience as an international student - by Deepali

4 JANUARY 2023 - KATIE - STUDENT LIFE

International prospectus

Hi, I am Deepali, an international student at the University of Suffolk.

Evidently, the journey as an international student is comparatively different and complicated; however, this process has been gradual and smooth with the University of Suffolk. There has been stepwise counselling along with prompt assistance throughout.   

There is a specific page on the website, which carries all the relevant information for international students. Anybody interested can get first-hand information from there and reach out to the University for further assistance.  

Finding the right course with the right modules for studies is very crucial. Suffolk has several courses to offer with their unique style of research-informed, active, and independent learning. Choose the course that meets your criteria, look at the modules, read the student profiles, and check the eligibility. The University of Suffolk’s teaching is programmed in such a way that it gives us the flexibility to engage with the course at our own pace; research support and special tutorials are always there to assist students with extra requirements. Special emphasis is given to group activities that enhance knowledge exchange and strengthen the teamwork amongst students. Through workshops in collaboration with local businesses, students are provided with hands-on experience.  

Another crucial element for an international student is the campus location, its accessibility, amenities, and culture. The University is located on the picturesque waterfront area with on-campus accommodation, several restaurants, and cafés within 10 minutes walking distance. Morning and evening walks at the waterfront are very pleasant, anyone interested in greenery and meditation would enjoy nearby beautiful green parks like Christchurch and Holywells. Buying groceries is easily managed by Tesco and Sainsbury’s and if you go to the Town Centre then you can buy Indian Spices from “Asian and Afro” too.  There are several fun entertainment places like Boom Battle Bar, Clip’n Climb, DanceEast, Wolsey Theatre, The Music Room, pubs, and clubs to enjoy an evening with friends.  

Culturally, Ipswich town has a lot to offer. I am glad I have experienced the Ipswich Community Programs, exploring the heritage and enjoying the celebrations and festivities organised regularly. One of my favourites was the fireworks at Christchurch Park - it was an amazing evening with music, fun and mesmerising fireworks at the end.  

Everyone including the University and locals are welcoming and supportive. Several initiatives are available for the wellbeing of students and I would encourage them to be part of these groups. I recently got the opportunity to be part of the “cost of living” project with the Students’ Union and I was impressed with their commitment to student welfare.   

As an international student, one of the worries is managing expenses. The University’s career counselling assists students with micro job placements, and the University itself runs a Student Ambassador Scheme which provides students with work exposure and paid hours.  

Suffolk is the best place to study, explore and have fun. The University of Suffolk is a high-tech, inclusive, diverse community for students to study, learn, achieve their career goals, and transform their lives for the better.   

As an international student, I will give five stars to the University of Suffolk because of the course content, student support, diversity, facilities, location, and part-time work opportunities.   

Written by Deepali Thakur

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