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Chester, in the UK, is a beautiful, lovely place with an incredible mix of international cultures and contemporary thinking,
Shaleena Ashutosh

Going to University in the UK is a great way to expand your knowledge, meet new people, experience a new culture, and enjoy new experiences. Whatever your interests, there’s a huge range of clubs, societies, student circles and several opportunities that await you to meet various students from all over the world. You have an opportunity to understand the teaching techniques, assessment methods, student-academic relationships followed in various countries in relation to your own country and how to adapt to the methods followed by a British university.

One can choose from 50,000 courses in more than 25 subject areas in the UK. The duration of the UK courses is generally more condensed than in other countries, helping to reduce overall tuition fees and accommodation costs. It is possible to work while you study too. What you end up evaluating the most, maybe more than your course, is that you can make friends for life.

As a student of the University of Chester, which has the reputation for being one of the UK’s most internationally diverse universities with students from all over the world, I myself, have had an opportunity to meet and make friends with students from across the world. Living with International students has led me to detect differences, as well as similarities in social, academic and cultural views.

Attending university itself is a challenging concept, so moving away from your own culture and into a completely different country is even more challenging and exciting and enables you to understand the world better. Globalisation is an unavoidable trend in today’s age. Students nowadays have more and more chances to interact with the students of the whole world. Students study abroad to gain more advanced knowledge. More interactions happening mean more information exchanges. More information exchanges bring the result that more knowledge and wisdom are shared. As more and more knowledge and wisdom are shared, humans are walking forward together.

You adapt to positive attitudes towards other cultures to achieve intercultural communicative competence. Several of those positive attitudes include respect, openness, curiosity and diversity and discovery.

You will realise that time management plays an important role since you would have to allot lots of your time to your study with tests, assignments and exams and visits to the library, interaction with your academic tutors, so you may not always find time to work part-time that easily. However, many students do have an opportunity to take up part-time jobs since it is paid well and helps reduce one’s living expenses. Lecturers and professors are so very helpful and friendly and encourage and guide you in your study that you automatically learn a lot and perform to the required standards.

Chester, in the UK, is a beautiful, lovely place with an incredible mix of international cultures and contemporary thinking, held together by a strong sense of identity and tradition. You will find an array of exciting experiences and will have an opportunity to discover exotic places and meet new people. You can visit traditional museums, contemporary art spaces and galleries; sculpture, painting, video and photography are widely available. Lots of Roman-built structures, churches, lots of eating joints, a clean environment and good roads!

The food you can buy reflects the many ethnic influences in British society. Asian food is also available. Most supermarkets sell ingredients from Asia, Africa, Latin America etc. The British are increasingly healthy eaters and there is a wide range of organic produce available in shops and supermarkets. You have an opportunity to cook and share a traditional meal from your country with other students from across the world and it’s a great way to make friends. Kitchens are a luxury with all the facilities, and you will enjoy cooking your very own country’s food and sharing with others and make friends too.

A bus is the best way to travel as it the cheapest mode of travel. For me, train and bus travel attracted me the most and are world-class. You have an opportunity to live on budgets and yet enjoy the best.

I chose the University of Chester for my postgraduate degree in Journalism since I found the subjects taught are of interest to me and I will also get an opportunity to get practical experience with media and print and will be in a position to make a good career thereafter. I am particularly interested in fieldwork and to write stories for print media. I had an opportunity to work with the Chester and District Standard for a short time and was given an opportunity to write some stories which were published, and I am immensely grateful to the University of Chester for such exposure. I chose the University of Chester since the fees after scholarships suited my pocket, and living costs like accommodation etc. also suited my budget. Needless to mention the teaching staff are so very good – more than I could imagine! Excellent! Chester is away from the hustle and bustle, pollution-free and somehow, I simply love Chester!