Students from Cyprus

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Olivia Jane Photiou - BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences

My dream has always been to study Medicine. However, not everything goes as planned and I was left hopeless as I had no idea how I was going to achieve my goal. 

USW has given me the opportunity to study BSc (Hons) Medical Science which is designed to provide you with the ability to apply to Medical school as a graduate student. 

I love the course and it is everything I expected it to be! The lecturers deliver comprehensive lectures on a daily basis enhancing my knowledge in the field that I love. Although the course can be very demanding it gives you an insight to what is expected by you in the future as a medical student.

The lecturers and most importantly, the course leader of this degree, are always there to aid you with any outstanding questions and troubles you may have. For someone who has moved to a new country, support and understanding is key.
I have accomplished a lot since being here but completing my placement week at Prince Charles Hospital in the A&E department has to be my greatest accomplishment. 

In my first year I lived in halls where I made very close friends that I will probably have for life. I am currently living in a house now in Trefforest and it is amazing. Prices for rent are very reasonable and necessities you may require are all near. You may find it quiet though at times so you can visit Cardiff at any time and it is only twenty minutes away by train. 

Since living in the UK I have had the opportunity to travel to many areas such as London, Swansea, Bristol and North Wales visiting family and friends, discovering what the UK has to offer.
At USW you will have an awesome student life experience while also teaching you the key skills in your chosen field of study to go out into the world and make a success of yourself!

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Rafael Christoforou - BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Why University of South Wales?
It was really easy to choose University of South Wales. I always wanted to come to Cardiff for higher education because since the 1990s, Cardiff has seen significant development. The University of South Wales provided me with huge variety of course and I have been chosen to study (BA) Accounting and Finance. 

Management of the University
Firstly, I would like to point out the excellent discipline, and the good management of the university. Additionally, I found that the University treats equally every student and it gives big opportunities for professional careers. 

Relation with tutors
I am very delighted with the relation between tutors and students, tutors were very helpful. Their aim is to give more attention for the progress of the students, and not only to teach the lessons. I am absolutely satisfied with the modules that I did, they reflected what I expected and it will be helpful for my future plans. 

My big concern when I had started the course was if I could correspond to the expectations of the lessons. I am from Cyprus and English language is not my first language. The university has the solutions for me, by free English lessons for foreign students. There were lessons that were hard, but at the end, I understand that I could obtain a high level education. In addition, this is a way for distinguishing the best students. 

Assessments and Facilities
Moreover, from the fairness of the University I received the marks that I deserved and I believe it was the same for my classmates, this is a positive thing for the beneficial progress of all. I think that our course was very effective at all lessons because students were divided into small groups. Thus, students were less shy to ask for questions and had more chances to pay attention and learn the significant points. Besides that, I must say that I really enjoy the Sports Centre of the University with a variety of sports, especially using the football courts and gym.
In the end, I find myself really lucky that I am studying at the University of South Wales because now I can be sure and more optimistic about my future career.

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Thanasis Charalambous - MEng Computer System Engineering, Cyprus

How did you find out about the University?
I found out about the University from a university advisor in Cyprus, Georgia Marta from Study Abroad. The reason I chose to study at the University of South Wales is because of the fees. The fees at the USW are far more reasonable than other Universities in the UK. The other reason is that USW’s engineering section is one of the best.

What do you think about your course?
The course that I am studying it is not easy but it is not difficult either. I think whatever course you choose it needs a lot of hours of studying. In my course, I use lots of labs, math, theory lectures and team work. As a student I enjoyed a particular lecture that I had in my first year called Engineering Applications. It was the best lecture and I miss it because we were making circuits and it was fun because the lecturer was very cheerful. The lectures can be challenging but the lecturers at the USW are pleased to help any student.

What did you think of Freshers Week/International Welcome Week?
The first week is called Induction Week and is created by the university so that Freshers can attend many events and check out the societies and clubs that are offered to the University. When I was a fresher I attended this week and it was very nice. I recommend any new students to attend this week.

What about life in the UK generally?
Studying in the UK helps you learn how to speak English, which in my opinion is very useful. Learning English can help you find a job in UK easier than someone who knows the basics. The biggest difference between Cyprus and UK is the distance between one place to another. But in UK you can use trains and other transportation which makes your life easier. If you want to study in the UK my advice is to learn how to budget and how to cook because if you do not know how to cook then you will need a lot of money to order food every day.

Do you have any advice for any potential students reading this?
Students joining the university will surprise themselves. They will find out what their strengths and weaknesses are. Of course, it’s also important to have a good balance between rest, studying and going out. If you can balance these three thing, you are going to succeed.

What are your career goals?
I want to find a job that will give me a good salary so that I can help many people. Of course I also want to work somewhere where they help and design aids for disabled people.