Students from France

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Jean-Baptiste Blanc - BSc (Hons) Computing

What do you think about the course you are studying?

It is a very interesting course and it allows me to improve my knowledge in computing especially in security for my part and in development.

Why did you choose this subject?

I chose this course because I have done 2 years in my origin country in a course about computing and I did love it so for me I had to select this course.

How do you think the skills and knowledge you have gained on your course will help you get a job after graduation?

We learn many different themes during the year so it allows us to increase our knowledge.

Why did you choose to study at University of South Wales?

Because in my country, they propose to the students to go to in the UK to learn the English. The University of South Wales is one of the universities with an impressive rate of satisfaction.

Has your learning experience at South Wales been positive (e.g. support from and communication with teaching staff; facilities like lecture halls, laboratories, IT equipment, Learning Resources Centre)?

My experience has been perfect here, the staff can help you whenever you need help on your assignments or for your exam revisions. The lectures are interesting to follow and the tutorial sessions are useful if you want to practice what you have seen in the lectures.

Have you enjoyed your University experience at South Wales?

Of course, I have. The university is amazing and incredible in term of equipment and the view is amazing.

Could you describe your time at University of South Wales?

Sensational, Working, meeting new students, Travelling, improving my English, Finding out a new culture.

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Pauline Lefevre - BA (Hons) Marketing

Pauline joined the final year of the BA (Hons) Marketing programme after successfully completing a BTS programme in France. She graduated in July 2015 and has shared her experiences of her time at USW.

“Hello! I am Pauline, a French student from Quimper in Brittany and I was in Cardiff from September 2014 until June 2015. I have studied at the University of South Wales in Treforest for one year and I am now graduated with a Bachelor degree in Marketing.
I lived in a flat share in Cathays with four other international students that I did not know before coming to Cardiff. We all get on well together so I had an amazing year with them and it has helped me a lot to improve my English. Cathays is a really nice area in Cardiff where most of the students live, it is close to the town (about 20min walking), and 20min from Treforest by train so it is easy to go to the university every day.

I did a two-year post A-level course at the high school Le Likès in Quimper (BTS Commerce International = International Trade Relations), which allowed me to apply to the University of South Wales to do a Bachelor Degree in Marketing. I have enjoyed the marketing course at USW a lot and it was a really good experience for me to follow all the tutorials and lectures in English! The lecturers were really helpful and patient every time we needed advice. A thing I really appreciated was that the library in the university is open all the time and there is a lot of very interesting books, plus it is a nice place to study and complete your assignments quietly.

I will keep a lot of very good memories from this year abroad and I recommend to all the French students to do the same. Do not hesitate leaving the country because of the language, as the best way to improve your English is to practice it abroad by studying and living in an English speaking Country.”

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Marie Sayer - BA (Hons) Business Studies

The reasons why I came here, is first of all, for the international opportunity. The second one is because I wanted to develop my skills and knowledge in management after doing a BTS CGO and the DCG back in France. And the last reason was to live something completely different.

What I enjoyed here was the discovery of a new method of work, how we were supposed to write our assessments, the exchange in the class with the teachers, the fact that they push us to find new information and develop our group work skills. Actually, the University prepares us for the professional world but also if we want to continue to a master. I liked the fact the University is here at every step and is very glad to help you.

5 tips you should know:

  1. Anticipate your work, don’t think you will have a lot of time because time flies!
  2. Be curious, be adventurous and be welcome for everything.
  3. Try to get involve from the beginning with the Union, to meet people and make friends, you will need them to have the best year.
  4. Don’t forget that Treforest is 20 minutes away from Cardiff, think about the train discount card which will help you to save money.
  5. Don’t forget your umbrella!

So good luck and don’t forget to enjoy!

French student studying at the University of South Wales