Course: MA Translation Studies
College: St. Mary’s
Country of Origin: Chile
How and why did you choose Durham University?
I chose Durham University because of its well known quality that is reflected in rankings such as Times Higher Education or Academic Ranking of World Universities, as well as the course offered. The location is very different from what I have known before, and being a fan of medieval history in Europe, this place is just perfect.
How do you think the college system helps to support international students?
I believe it´s a good system, specially for students like me, who are with a scholarship from their countries and don’t have much money to expend in living costs on a daily basis. In a college all those basic living needs are covered with a monthly payment. My college also have great facilities within beautiful surroundings.
Do you do any extra-curricular activities such as clubs, societies, sports, committees?
Yes, I’m playing tennis every Sunday with the University team at Maiden Castle. I also belong to the rock society, football fans society, and documentaries society where I can share with people of similar interests.
How has your experience of being an international student at Durham University been?
So far my experience has been very good. Academically speaking I’m just starting, but everything has worked fine at the moment. The teaching and assessment system here it’s a little different from what I have known before, but it’s challenging and motivating at the same time.
What do you think of the facilities and opportunities on offer for students here?
Facilities are really good and beautiful, there are so many things that I haven’t been able to know them all yet. I really appreciate the support system you offer to students; academically, financially, and even on every day things, the support system is essential from people, like me, that is far from home. Other important aspect are the opportunities to attend free lectures and talks from different subjects with prominent experts coming to the University, if you are intellectually curious this is a great pleasure.
What do you think of the location and the North East of England in general?
Well, I haven’t been able to travel much yet, but what I have seen it’s just beautiful, castles, churches, bridges, etc. I hope I can get to know the rest of the region and the country.
What advice would you give other international students thinking about applying to Durham?
I would say to them to do it, academically speaking the university is excellent, the college system will be something new and fun to know, and the place it just beautiful if you prefer small towns over big cities like myself. Just a piece of advice, try to arrive early, so you can attend all inductions and settle your accommodation actually before your classes start.