Choosing which university to study at is one of the biggest decisions you will make after you’ve finished college.
As an international student, I know how important it is to find the best university to invest your money and time in, especially since it requires you to travel an enormous distance. You’re probably weighing the pros and cons to figure out the best place to study. Why huddersfield university?
It’s advisable to research and apply to a university that has good quality teaching as you will be required to invest a lot of money and time. The last thing you want is regretting your university choice, especially if you’re an international student.
One of the reasons I chose to study at the University of Huddersfield is because it has a gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). TEF is a system introduced by the government in 2017 as a source for prospective students to judge the teaching quality in undergraduate courses.
It’s essential to consider the overall cost involved with studying abroad. You will need to factor in tuition fees, accommodation cost, transport, food, as well as spending money.
The University of Huddersfield is located in Huddersfield, a lovely historic town in West Yorkshire, UK. The cost of living is relatively low compared to other major cities in the UK. For international students, this makes it an ideal place to live and study.
It would approximately cost you between £350-400 for your monthly rent in student accommodations.
The train station and the bus station are only a 10-15 minutes walk from the University. These have good transport links to some of the big cities in the UK, such as Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool. All are under an hour away by train.
You can register for your student railcard as it makes travelling a lot cheaper. I have a 16-25 Railcard, which cost only £30 a year and it saves 1/3 on rail fares throughout Great Britain.
The University also organises a lot of budget-friendly trips for students. It includes trips to theme parks, shopping centres, food festivals, national parks and tourist destinations.
Everything you need is within walking distance and personally, this is one of the best aspects about living in Huddersfield.
For instance, the GP is located within the University’s premises and all the supermarkets, retail outlets and restaurants are within walking distance.
This is great for saving time and money.
The University of Huddersfield has a diverse community with over 120 nationalities and around 140 student-led societies and sports clubs. The university also has 60 global societies, representing students from all over the world.
This not only gives you a chance to meet students from your country but it gives you the opportunity to make friends from all over the world. This can help you build a global network once you complete your studies. These societies are particularly aimed at representing different cultures, languages and countries.
These societies organise a wide range of cultural events including, food festivals, fashion shows, conversations clubs, sporting events and celebration of national & independence days. This is a good opportunity to get involved, learn from others and have some fun along the way.
International students have the opportunity of working alongside their studies in the UK. There are many ways you can do this but it depends on the type of visa you have. I have a tier 4 visa for a full-time undergraduate course. This means I am able to work 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during university vacations.
Part-time jobs are a good way to earn some pocket money. They are also useful to gain valuable skills to include on your CV when applying for graduate jobs.
The University has a facility called the Jobshop, where you will find a range of job opportunities. There are advertised online and exclusive to Huddersfield Students. They include part-time jobs in the town, the local area and at the University. The jobs at the university tend to pay above the national minimum wage and the working hours are flexible around your lectures and seminars.
The University also organises a lot of career fairs including, employer fairs, placement fairs and graduate job fairs. This gives you a chance to network with national and international employers. Furthermore, 94% of graduates at the University of Huddersfield are able to find full-time jobs within 6 months of graduating.
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Onalie Ekanayake is an international student from Sri Lanka studying Global Business Management at the University of Huddersfield.