International Postgraduate Student: Embracing Diversity and Seizing Opportunities

by | Nov 30, 2023 | Education, Postgraduate | 0 comments

As a Chevening scholar from Upper Egypt studying at The University of Manchester for my MA in International Education, I have a unique perspective as an international postgraduate student. This is my second time studying abroad, having previously spent an exchange semester in the USA. However, my time in the UK marks my first postgraduate study endeavor, and I want to share my experiences, challenges, and triumphs in this blog article.

From the moment I arrived on campus, I was immersed in a diverse community of students from all corners of the globe. The cultural diversity was palpable, and I quickly realized that I had stepped into a world of endless possibilities.

Enrolling in the MA International Education program has been enlightening. The curriculum has equipped me with a comprehensive understanding of international education, from policy analysis to cross-cultural communication. This program has broadened my horizons, allowing me to grasp the interconnectedness of education, globalization, and sustainable development.

The University offers exceptional facilities and resources that have greatly enriched my academic and personal growth. The career services have been instrumental in shaping my professional trajectory. Attending career fairs and networking events has allowed me to connect with professionals in my field and explore a wide range of employment opportunities within the UK and internationally.

The university also organizes captivating field trips that have allowed me to explore the UK with a reasonable cost. The Student Union offers a vibrant array of activities that have fostered a strong sense of belonging and community. Engaging in clubs, societies, and social events has allowed me to connect with like-minded individuals and create lasting friendships.

As an international student with a limited budget, I have made the most of the student discounts offered by local establishments in Manchester. These discounts have allowed me to explore the city and experience its diverse offerings without straining my finances. Additionally, the university provides supportive services such as laptop borrowing and the cost-of-living support fund for those facing financial hardships, ensuring that I have the necessary support to thrive academically and personally.

Being actively involved in the university community has enriched my postgraduate experience. Serving as a student ambassador and representative has allowed me to connect with fellow students, organize events, and contribute to the vibrant university community. These experiences have helped me develop leadership and organizational skills while enhancing my personal and professional growth.

One of the biggest challenges I have faced as an international postgraduate student is adjusting to the new culture. British culture is very different from Egyptian culture, and I have had to learn new customs and etiquette. However, I have found the British people to be very welcoming and supportive, and I am now enjoying my life in Manchester.

As I continue my studies, I am excited to contribute to the global realm of education, fostering cross-cultural understanding and championing sustainable development. To all aspiring international students, I encourage you to embark on this incredible journey, immerse yourselves in new cultures, and seize the opportunities that await you. The world is your classroom, and the possibilities are endless.

Written by Nehal, current MA International Education: Global and International Development student at The University of Manchester