Thinking about applying to study in the UK but not sure where to begin? These videos offer thoughts from European students who have chosen the UK as well as information on what makes a UK education stand out.
A warm welcome is waiting for you in the UK! In our first session, we speak with European students to bring you their insider tips about arrival in the UK, university life and culture, studying during the pandemic, vaccination for students… and any other questions you may want to ask.
Vaiva Paulauskaite, Student Ambassador, University of Leeds
Hi, I’m Vaiva, originally from Lithuania, currently studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Leeds. For the past year, I have been on an industry year as a Campaigns Coordinator at the Leeds International Piano Competition. My main motivation for doing a placement was to discover myself try out a field I was interested in working as a graduate.
Melda Ece Kelemcisoy, GREAT scholarship 2020/21
Melda Kelemcisoy is a postgraduate student at Newcastle University, studying MSc International Business Management. She completed her undergraduate degree in Politics and Sociology at Durham University. In her free time, she enjoys reading classic literature and political philosophy, advocating for animal rights, and cooking delicious plant-based meals.
Carolina Jiménez, Head of Education, British Council Spain
Carolina is head of the Education at the British Council since 2012. Before that she managed the Science and Society Team for nearly 10 years and worked in stock market and manufacturing. Graduated as a maths teacher and has a master in school management (Open University) and internet systems (Complutense). e-mail: Carolina.firstname.lastname@example.org
You’re thinking about studying abroad – a big decision! In this session you will hear what makes a UK degree different and special. Discover the UK’s innovative teaching methods, learning through small discussion groups and amazing placements in industry. You can take special degrees in niche areas or mix the subjects you love to form your very own degree.
Caroline Townley, International Officer, University of Manchester
Caroline is the Country Manager for EU, EEA & Eurasian markets at The University of Manchester. With over 10 years’ experience of working in Higher Education and recruitment in a range of organisations, Caroline is passionate about the benefits studying in the UK can offer. Having lived and worked abroad, Caroline has a particular focus on employability and the co-curriculum/activities outside of the classroom when advising students.
Mikaela Green, International Recruitment Officer, University of Derby
Mikaela studied at an international school in Sweden before moving to England in 2007 to study an undergraduate degree in Event Management. She started her career in higher education in 2010, and has covered several duties including student support, study abroad and exchange, partnerships, recruitment, and admissions. She is now in charge of student recruitment for Europe and North America at the University of Derby.
Croeso i Gymru! Welcome to Wales! One of the four countries of the UK, Wales and its universities have a lot to offer students. Discover Wales from the point of view of an international student and hear about some amazing Wales-only support and mobility offers.
David (Dai) Evans, Regional Manager, University of Cardiff
Dai Evans is Regional Manager for Europe at Cardiff University, leading on institutional marketing and engagement. Dai has held a number of recruitment, marketing and admissions roles across the UK higher education sector beginning his career in the International Office at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan. Dai is an LLB Law and French graduate, an avid singer and guitarist, and a Japanese speaker.
Jennifer Walker, International Officer, University of Swansea
Jennifer is a Modern Languages graduate from UCLan (long before it was UCLan!) with 20 years’ experience working in European exports, sales, marketing and PR for global corporations in the private sector. She has worked at Swansea University for 11 years with the last 7 years specifically in international student recruitment for North America and the EU. Originally from Northern Ireland, Jennifer made Swansea her home in 2003 and enjoys all that the beautiful coastal location offers for cycling and hiking and she’s just recently taken up sea rowing as a new challenge!
Scotland is renowned for hosting some of the UK’s most innovative universities, responsible for world-changing discoveries in engineering, science and medicine. To listen to Scottish universities and students, register here.
Emma Parkinson, International Officer, Edinburgh Napier University
Emma is an International Officer at Edinburgh Napier University and looks after EU students as part of the wider Europe and Americas team. Emma can help with any questions about studying in Scotland, the course options and student life at Edinburgh Napier. Emma really believes Edinburgh is one of the best places to live.
Adrienn Hortobagyi, International Officer EU, University of Glasgow
My name is Adri Hortobagyi and I work as an International Officer for EU at the University of Glasgow. I am originally from Hungary, but I have been living, studying and working in Scotland since 2015. I joined the International Recruitment team at University of Glasgow in 2019.
Pablo, currently a BEng Software Engineering student at Edinburgh Napier University
Hi! I'm Pablo, a current BEng Software Engineering student at Edinburgh Napier University. I chose my degree because I am passionate about computing in general. I guess I am the kind of person that is spellbound by every technological innovation. I also love how well connected my university is to industry!
Join this session which marks the beginning of our February 2022 Study UK Europe event. Find out what webinars are in store over the next two weeks and how to make the most of the event. Hear from the British Council about what a UK higher education can offer you. You’ll also hear accounts from two European alumni of UK higher education institutions who will share their experiences of studying in the UK.
What clothes should I pack? What does ‘undergraduate’ mean? Do I need an interview to study in the UK? From the very basic to the most complex questions, our panel of British Council staff, university representatives and UK students are ready and willing to answer them.
Jonathan Williams, International Recruitment Manager, University of Portsmouth
Jonathan is Senior Global Officer at University of Portsmouth. I've been in this role since 2013 and previous to that my background is in English language teaching. I taught at the University of Liverpool, but also overseas in Costa Rica, Italy, and Spain. In my role at Portsmouth, I am responsible for the EU, but have also worked in the MENA region.
Ffion Bailey, Regional Manager, University of St Andrews
Ffion is the Regional Manager (Europe) at the University of St Andrews. She supports students who are interested in finding out more about the University, and as a graduate of St Andrews herself, she is happy to share her own experiences of the academic and student life.
Isabel Kestler, Student, University of St Andrews
My name is Isabel, I am a Mathematics and Philosophy student from Germany and about to enter my third year of studies at the University of St. Andrews. I took a gap year after graduating from high school, love travelling and exploring other cultures and am now a student ambassador for the university and on the committees of the German and the Philosophy Society.
Joao Santos, Student, University of Portsmouth
My name is João Santos, an undergraduate student from Portugal. I'm studying Computer Science and had the opportunity to do a placement year and experienced working with an established company like BAE Systems. Coming to the UK to study was the best decision I made.
With over 400 study options for HE, the UK is a diverse study destination. This session is your unique opportunity to hear first-hand from UK university leaders. Students and university leaders will discuss what is special about student education, life and culture in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.