Why did you choose this course?
I’ve already studied this in Brazil for 2 years and my year in USW was an exchange. As our government sponsors our studies here, they’ve provided a list of universities in the UK.
Why did you choose USW?
I liked the campus and the previous students’ comments. And because it’s in Wales and this country is absolutely lovely!
What do you think about the teaching staff on your course?
They are really good on teaching and really open to whatever we need to talk to them.
Are you happy with the support available to you?
Immigration and International Student Advice really helped me feel welcome even before I arrived here. They organized trips to some places in the UK and were always available to help me.
Where do you live and do you like your Accommodation?
I spent my year in Glamorgan Court. The rooms are really good, having your own bathroom is also really helpful.
Did you attend International Welcome Programme? If so, what did you enjoy the most?
Yes, the parties in Eclipse were good, I’ve got the chance to make a lot of friends and have a really great time.
What has been your best experience at USW so far?
Getting to know a lot of international people, it’s amazing how people can be so different. I’ve made some really close friends and we had a great time together.
Have you done any travelling while you’ve been studying with us? If so, where did you go?
Yes, I travelled a lot. I went to France, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Morocco, Italy and Portugal.
How do you think your experience studying at USW will help you after you return to Brazil?
This year abroad made me grow so much and made me respect others even more. Living together with people so different from you can be really hard if you don’t appreciate the fact that everyone was educated in a different way from you.
What do you think about Wales?
I love it! Definitely would live here for the rest of my life. Welsh people are so nice, helpful and funny!
What advice would you give to any students who are thinking of studying at USW?
You won’t regret it! Facilities, courses and staff are amazing, you’ll feel home here!
Why did you choose the University of South Wales?
I chose the University of South Wales because it is one of the biggest universities in Wales. The opportunity to study in this university is a once in a lifetime experience and is definitely going to enhance my career when I go back to Brazil. Wales had an important role in the origin of Geology and this subject is strong at University of South Wales. The universities’ laboratories, buildings, sports centre are amazing. It is a privilege to study here.
What has been your favourite part so far?
My favourite part so far is definitely the facilities we have here. State-of-the-art laboratories, libraries, many societies for all kind of people and all the support the students have. The staff, lecturers and even the citizens are very helpful and friendly
What are you looking forward to doing over the year you will be studying with us?
I am looking forward to learning more languages, improving my English, study subjects and attend courses that are important to my career, make new friends, visit more places. I am looking forward to growing in all aspects.
What is your favourite Welsh phrase?
Tîm rygbi Cymru yw’r gorau! – ‘The Welsh rugby team is the best!’
What’s the best way to get around the city?
The city centre is very concentrated so you can have most things you need in walking distance.
What’s the best way to spend a cultural evening in Cardiff?
I enjoy going to the Millennium Centre – and there are also concerts at Motorpoint Arena and great dancing in a few pubs during the week. There’s always something cultural to do in Cardiff.
What’s the best way to spend a sunny weekend in Cardiff?
Cardiff Castle is great when the sun’s shining, but I have to say that Cardiff Bay is the place to be on a sunny Saturday – great shops, tourist attractions, and the best part is the great view.
What’s the best way to spend a rainy weekend in Cardiff?
Go to the National Museum Cardiff. It has a great range of art and natural history pieces, and all for free!
What’s your top restaurant in Cardiff (with student-friendly prices)?
Being Brazilian, I recommend Viva Brazil. It’s a great Brazilian-style steak house with a good price for lunch.
Where’s the best place for sport in Cardiff (watching or playing)?
If you want to play sport, there are lots of different options all over the city such as tennis, football, climbing, rugby of course, and even a dry slope for skiing and snowboarding at the Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre. But yes – in terms of watching, make sure you go to the Millennium Stadium and watch the Welsh rugby team – preferably playing against England!
Where’s the best place to go shopping?
St David’s Centre shopping mall. It’s really big with all kinds of shops, and even if you don’t find what you need within the shopping centre, it is situated in the city centre and close to lots of other shops on Queen Street.
What’s your number one Cardiff experience… the one you’d tell your grandchildren about?
Without a doubt, all the friendships I’ve made here. Cardiff is a very welcoming city and the people here are really nice, and I think that’s the reason why so many international students come to Cardiff. I have lots of good friends from all over the world here and they’re exactly what I’ll be telling my grandchildren about.