Sandeep N. shares his experience at University of Wales Institute.
Q :- You have been one of those highly respected lot of students who have been doing higher studies at University of Wales Institute. How does it feel to be at University of Wales Institute UK?
A :- It is good. I got international exposure, learnt different culture but the market situation is not good for the students who are planning now. It will take 2years to take up again.
Q :- Please tell us about which course you are studying and why did you choose that course?
A :- MBA as I was always interested in management studies.
Q :- Why did you choose the UK for higher education?
A :- I always wanted an International exposure. Also it was recommended by friends and close ones.
Q :- How is University of Wales Institute different than any other UK University based on whatever you have heard from your friends about
A :- Good for fresher who has no work experience. Otherwise students should not come without work experience.
Q :- Are you happy with your decision?
A :- Yes so far.
Q :- Where do you live? On-campus or off-campus and why?
A :- Off-campus as it is really expensive staying on-campus.
Q :- Please share some of your experiences of the UK for aspiring students
A :- UK is worth positive than negative side. One should be very confident as per what is he planning. I came to know what the restrictions are, learnt to manage life at my own, and also learnt on how to stay outside, from rise to sleep you yourself are the one responsible. The student will be much confident after returning India, which results into good earnings and good work experience. Also it helps in fast money earning.
Q :- How should students select the UK Universities? What are the important things to look at and compare among various Universities?
A :- The student should take assistance from Times of India ranking. Also London times of India ranking are important as they follow up a lot. One of my friends completed the course in the same university and he recommended the same one to me.
Q :- What’s your advice to students who aspire to go to the UK for higher studies?
A :- Good and bad both, 50-50% due to recession in UK. Even India is better to study if you are less on finance.
Q :- Other than academics, what else did you learn from the country UK?
A :- Living style, culture, learnt to became independent. Most important, I learnt every work is equal. If you are a manager in any firm you shouldn’t be ashamed of cleaning you own stuffs.
Q :- How are the studies in the UK different than the studies in India?
A :- Indian studies are theoretical whereas UK is practical which helps to be very practical.
Q :- Is it worth spending so much money to get a degree from the UK as compared to similar degree in India with lower costs?
A :- In current situation no as UK is going through bad times. But in upcoming time one should come to UK for study. Once after completing the studies one will definitely enjoy life and responsibilities.
Q :- What’s your advice to parents of aspiring students?
A :- To encourage their children for higher studies
Q :- Key things to remember for parents and students while planning for the studies in the UK
A :- Money is the important factor,initial amount to be paid to the university. Consultancies are the best options to manage the university. It will be easier for parents too according to their budgets.
Q :- What are the 3 important things you learnt after you entered the UK?
A :- When I entered UK, one said “don’t believe work, women and weather” in UK and I even experienced the same and it’s very true.
1) Difference of study pattern compared to India, good experience of virtual study. I can do MBA sitting at home; it’s a beautifully designed course.
2) After returning one will be confident in work part.
3) Different culture from India.
Q :- Did you see the movie 3 idiots? Do you relate to that movie? Please share your thoughts.
A :- Yes, but it doesn’t relate to me as I was not forced to study my higher education in abroad. It was my own choice and decision of pursuing management courses.
Q :- What are you future plans?
A :- I am coming back to India in next week. I am planning to work with good traveling agencies. Also interviews are scheduled up in February.
Q :- What are your views about the current economic environment in the UK? Has it changed anything for the students like you?
A :- The economic environment after Christmas has changed a bit. UK government said if Christmas doesn’t goes well then UK is gone. The environment is ok, initially was terrible.It will change in another 2yrs.
Q :- Any other advice to students and parents?
A :- Family like him they should think twice before coming. I think that student should not come without any work experience. If the students is from small family and fresher then very hard life in UK as it is hard to get job,repaying loan back will be difficult.One should at least have 2yrs of industrial / firm experience. Otherwise it’s not worth.