Hello UK! University Interviews – University of Brighton

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    University of Brighton
    英國南部海岸風情 ‧ 五大校區 ‧ 各式課程

    Questions answered by
    Diane Weston from International Office
    I met up with lovely Diane after she’d been talking to students and parents all day long. Still she shared her experiences with us very generously and encourages Taiwanese students to show their enthusiasm, step out and contribute in class!

    Q Please give us a brief introduction of your university on its history, location and in what it is specialised.
    A The University of Brighton can trace it’s history back to the mid 1800’s when the School of Art opened with 110 students. In the 1970’s several schools merged to form Brighton Polytechnic and in 1992 we were granted university status. We now have 5 campuses – 3 in Brighton,1 in Eastbourne and University Centre Hastings. We are located on the beautiful south coast of UK and have the advantage of being close to the sea and beautiful countryside but also have all the amenities of a vibrant city.
    We offer a wide range of courses but our specialities are Art, Architecture & Design, Business and Management, TESOL and Hospitality Management. In conjunction with Sussex university we also train doctors in the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

    Q How many international students do you have? What are their nationalities?
    A We have approximately 21,000 students of which 1,300 are non-EU and about 1,700 from European Union. Our international students come from a wide range of countries from America to Zambia with no country group dominating.

    Q Are Taiwanese students a large group among the international students in proportion?
    A At the moment we have about 64 Taiwanese students (about 5%) of our international students.

    Q What are your policies for allocating international student accommodation-wise? Do you tend to place your international students in the same halls?
    A All international students are guaranteed a place in halls if they meet the 15th July deadline. Students are asked to choose 3 halls and every effort is made to place them in the hall of their choice. We don’t have a policy of placing international students in the same hall. Students will be integrated into the UK, European and international student body.

    Q Which are the most popular areas of study for your international students, especially those from the greater China area including Taiwanese students?
    A Business and Management courses such as Marketing, MBA, Management, Finance & Investment and Logistics & Supply Chain Management. Hospitality Management, TESOL and Art & Architecture.

    Q What are the most common barriers for admission for Taiwanese students applying for these programmes? Low GPA and/or IELTS grades? Irrelevant work experiences / 1st degree?
    A The majority of our Taiwanese students are studying at postgraduate level and the most common barrier is their English language level. Obviously, all lessons and work is carried out in English so it is vital that from day one students are able to understand and communicate effectively in English. We offer a wide range of English language preparation courses to help students improve their English level and, just as importantly, their study skills.

    Q What can they do to improve their application?
    A Apart from making sure that they have the appropriate academic and English language ability they should demonstrate a genuine enthusiasm and interest in the course they are applying form. It is important to show that they have researched their course and university choices thoroughly and are not just applying to a huge number of universities for a wide range of courses.
    (Personal Statement! Personal Statement! Personal Statement!)

    Q What are the most common problems for a Taiwanese student to encounter in the process of successfully completing their studies in your organisation academically?
    A The main problem is the difference in teaching styles. At the University of Brighton we expect all students to make a significant contribution in their lessons in a variety of ways such as taking part in classroom discussions, making presentations, giving feedback to other class members etc. This can sometimes be a daunting experience so students must be confident that they are both willing and able to make this contribution. However, we generally find that, with assistance from our English language support programme students soon get used to this and appreciate the benefits of this style of learning.
    (You have to contribute in your class!)

    Q What do you recommend people who are interested in studying in your university to do in preparation for their studying and application?
    A We would recommend that students come to the UK to take part in a 4 week pre-sessional course even if they have got the required level of English. They can then have time to get used to being in an English speaking environment and learn valuable study skills so they are ready to study from day one of their course. If they are not able to do this I would recommend trying to expose themselves to as much English as possible by reading newspapers, watching T.V and listening to the radio all in English. Making contact with current or former students (such as on Hello UK website) can also prepare students for their experience in the UK.
    (Step out and use your English!)

    Q What helps can they get when studying in your organisation?
    A We offer a free orientation programme and the beginning of term to help our international students meet other students and settle in and receive a wide range of advice on subjects such as opening a bank account, how to get medical treatment and help (if needed) with finding accommodation. We also have a free English language support programme for all students for their first year and a dedicated international welfare officer who can deal with visa and other welfare issues.

    Q Do you have any scholarship scheme especially for Taiwanese / international students? Can you let us know more about it?
    A We have 75 scholarships for international students which are worth £2,000 reduction in course fees for each year of study. All students need to do is tell us why they would make an excellent student, what they can bring to the course and what benefits their education would bring to their community.

    Q Do you know any good Chinese restaurants / supermarkets around the university that you can recommend to your Taiwanese students?
    A There are several excellent Chinese restaurants in Brighton and we have strong links with the local Chinese community through the Chinese Education Development Project which supports Chinese students in Brighton and organises various events including a series of Chinese New Year celebrations. Brighton is a cosmopolitan city and we have a number of oriental supermarkets where students can feel as if they are at home!

    Q Are degrees from your university particularly favourable to some industries when it comes to job hunting? Do you know of any Taiwanese students from your university who had successfully found a job after finishing their studies and stayed to work in the UK?
    A Our courses are very practical rather than theoretical and aim to give students a distinct advantage when they come to look for a job or want to progress their career. In fact, many students have commented that in using the skills they acquired during their studies they have been promoted quicker than other less-qualified workmates. Many of our courses carry professional accreditation which is very attractive to potential employers.
    (There is also an optional 1-year work placement for undergraduate students.)