ISC Programme: PMP
Has Progressed to: MBA
What I like best about Widener’s business school is that all the teachers are very patient with internationals students. Whenever I sent them emails asking about assignments, they always replied quickly. I learned so much from them, not just business knowledge but also about American culture. The professors take a very practical approach to teaching. In one of my classes, we did a lot of role-plays to learn how to handle certain issues in the real business world. This definitely improved my professional knowledge, and makes me more confident to take on a job after graduation.
Studied the Business, Finance and Management Foundation programme in Oxford. Achieved 72% and is now studying Management (Marketing) at the University of Manchester
"Through my studies at Bellerbys, I received an offer from the University of Manchester that I couldn’t even imagine before."
Oliver studied the 1-year GCSE programme in 2013 and progressed to the Business, Finance and Management Foundation. At the time, his elder brother, who had graduated from a boarding school in Oxford, recommended Bellerbys College Oxford for his younger brother given it’s outstanding record of university progression.
During his three years of study and living in Oxford, Oliver made friends with a lot of students from the local boarding and international schools. Through various conversations, he found that Bellerbys was the college which offered the broadest choice of universities.
Oliver mentioned that each year there were a lot of students who transferred to Bellerbys from one of the local boarding schools. One of these students was from Xi’an, China and was in Oliver‘s class. This student studied A Level for one year at a boarding school but he found it difficult to keep up owing to his poor English. He was afraid that the other students might laugh at him so he never asked a question. He told Oliver that the year for AS was upsetting. After transferring to Bellerbys, he improved his English and received and offer from Oxford Brookes University.
“My grades in China were not good and I was at the middle or lower level in the class, with made it difficult to apply to any good university. Fortunately, I chose the Foundation programme at Bellerbys College. Students and teachers here are very nice and kind. I like it here. Through my studies at Bellerbys I received an offer from a good university that I couldn’t even imagine before.”
I am studying year 11 here. Things start to move faster and you feel that you are preparing for HSC, you begin to learn subjects which are taught at university, like economics and business studies. I started my course when I was in year ten, in 2014 and I will complete the course in 2016. In Australia, once I’ve finished High School, I will go to university. I have learnt a lot of things about diplomacy. I would like to study political science, diplomacy or European studies. Australia has been a part of some good diplomatic relations, so I think It will help me a lot.
In the future I’m going to be a diplomat, so it’s good to connect with all types of people from all nationalities. I think it’s great experiencing different cultures and languages. When I leave Taylors I will be able to speak six languages, I speak Russian, Turkish, Azerbaijani and English and at the moment I am still learning French and Japanese.
I really want to be at a top university, it’s my goal. I want to work in the foreign Ministry of my country, in an embassy or in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. My goal is to be a minister.
If you want to grow up in an international community and get high 80 results, come to Taylors, they will help you,
I love the life here, I am really satisfied. We now have students from Australia in year 11, so I have the opportunity to talk to a variety of people and learn their culture and, of course, learn the language as well.
I’ve got a very good relationship with all of my teachers, they are very good. They never get tired of receiving questions.
As far as I know Taylor students have achieved very high 80 results. Last year I saw a lot of people receive a score of 80, 85, and 90. This was a lot, which is why I think I’ll do ok in HSC.
Progressed: Business Administration BS
“UVM is a fabulous environment for studying, and has a colorful campus life. It enjoys great reputation in China as a public IVY school and it has really nice environment! I feel a sense of belonging here.”
“The campus has everything students need. My favorite place on campus is library. It has different study zones and is very quiet.”
GGP / ISC
“The GGP improved my English writing and speaking skills, which are so important for an international student to study abroad. [Teaching] is very interactive here. Professors are really patient and try their best to teach what’s most useful for international students. I have become more active in class, began participating in class discussion and always ask questions.”
“Besides the great classes, there were a large number of workshops provided by the GGP on how to choose a major and how to find internship. They were really helpful!”
“Communication skills are very important for an accountant. In class, our professor will think of activities to help us improve this skill.”
“I was a staff writer for the Cynic – the campus newspaper – and senator in the student government. Now I am doing internship at Burlington International Airport and devote a lot of time to that.”
“The [Careers Service] gave me lots of advice about networking, and the advantage of being an international student. There are lots of events on campus that provide networking opportunities like careers fairs.”
At first, I felt it was very cold. But then I got used to it, and don’t feel it’s that cold. The cold weather will be great for skiing and snow can be really beautiful.
ISC: Foundation Year
Why Istituto Marangoni?
I searched lots of universities and Istituto Marangoni specialises in fashion. They train us to be professionals and we can develop ourselves more.
Because we learn the basics at the ISC, we have a very strong foundation for our career. We’re networking with people that have the same aim. We can open our minds.
My writing is increasing now because I have to speak English every day.
My teachers are very helpful and they give us advice when we ask questions. They want to share their skills so that we can also develop our individuality.
My accommodation is very good. We share a kitchen where we can share our feelings with others and we can network with people.
I’m going to do fashion business. Fashion is still developing in my country, so I want to develop my country’s fashion. They have a very good culture that can be internationally known.
It’s fun to live in London. It’s a new culture, it makes me stronger.
ISC Program: Pre-Master’s Program
I've been working for ten years in Brazil, but I decided to make a career shift. An MBA gives me a lot of knowledge and helps build a bridge to a new life and a successful career. I'm here at Roosevelt because if I want to work at an international company, I have to know about other cultures and how to respect them. I think I'm getting maturity and knowledge to work at this type of company.
Roosevelt is in the middle of everything. The view here is very nice. I'm in the perfect place. I like being here.
STUDYING AT ROOSEVELT
The best thing about studying in Roosevelt is that is making me more confident. It gives me the opportunity to see different people and cultures and how to respect these people. I think it's preparing me on how to be a good leader. The experience that I have here makes me a better person. I can use all of the experience that I am having here in my career and in my company. I feel prepared.
I have made different international friends and now I have made American friends through my MBA, which is so cool. It is how I imagined this.
The staff at the International Study Center are very friendly and helpful. When I arrived here, I was very nervous, but studying at the International Study Centre helped me to relax. The staff helped me feel like home and said that they were there for whatever I need. They help you to develop your skills, and if you have any questions about anything you can ask them. It's so nice. They are lovely and helpful.
CHICAGO / LOCATION
I like Chicago because it is a big city. I like the lake. Seeing it in the morning makes me feel relaxed. Chicago has a lot of things to do. In the summer they have a lot of concerts in the Millennium Park that are free. It's a diverse city. I like it. Chicago also has a lot of businesses and opportunities for me to find a job or internship.
Darya from Belarus
Studied: Business Foundation at Bellerbys Oxford
Now studying: Media, Culture and Society at the University of Surrey
Why did you choose Bellerbys Oxford and the Business Foundation?
I wanted to go to the best international college in the UK. Oxford was my choice of location because I wanted to live in a city that carries great cultural and historical heritage. I chose Business Foundation as, at the time, I didn't know what I wanted to do as my University degree. Business studies seemed to open a lot of possibilities as well as having a wide application. As a matter of fact, my business background helped me multiple times during my current humanities degree.
Can you tell me about your university and internship?
I go to University of Surrey and my course is called Media, Culture and Society, which comprises of sociology and media studies modules. It is a fascinating area of academic enquiry and I enjoy my course very much. Right now I'm doing my placement year in a PR agency in London, after completion of which I will come back to Uni for a final year and dissertation.
How did Bellerbys prepare you for university?
Bellerbys gave me the understanding of the British educational system, its standards and expectations. For example, it helped me to develop essay-writing skills - something which I had never done back in my home country.
How would you describe the teachers/staff at Bellerbys?
The teachers and staff at Bellerbys are considerate, helpful and creative. They care about every student's performance and wellbeing - not only of those they teach! On a number of occasions I was given support by the teachers and staff from different departments.
What was it like studying the British curriculum in an international school?
It was great having subjects like Economics and Accounting - something that schools in my country do not teach.
University degree: Accounting
My major is accounting. At first when I came here my major was mechanical engineering, but I found that I didn’t really like it, so I changed my major to accounting. I like accounting. I feel it will be my future, yes.
I feel it’s really different to China, but that you also can find some things similar, like the friends here, you all help your friends and the family is like a small home here. But I like here because the weather is so comfortable. I like the beach, I like the ocean, it’s really relaxed.
I live upstate Reinhardt. At the first year, I was living in school and my roommate is from here, she is local and she is really nice. And then later I just moved outside after one year because I want to try and buy a car.
I feel it’s really a good place for study, it’s close to the water. Every time when I study I can just see the water behind me. I feel really relaxed and I feel a good emotion to study.
When I come here I feel really it’s a good choice for me. I feel here it’s a loud place, it includes the four seasons; they have snow, they have summer, I can go to the ocean and everything’s here. For me, I feel like I have so much to do here, I can choose everything I want, every place I want to go.
I feel like I just become the real person, the real adult, I just feel grown up.
The most important thing, the one thing that made me feel grown up is when I got the car and I drove by myself, when my car has some problem and I can fix it myself. Also some other things I never think about before, like when I am at home I can change a bulb by myself, when I got my furniture I needed to make it by myself, by hand, like everything is a part and I needed to follow the instructions and I made it by myself.
So I feel like I’ve got it, I did it.
I feel here is my second home.
In China when we are in college, they give us the time, you cannot choose, but here I can choose what day I want to study, what teacher I want to follow. I really like the teaching style here, all the professors have their own styles and I really like to choose the class on a Tuesday and a Thursday. So I only have classes for two days. It’s really like my dream, because in China we only have the weekend to relax, so I only have a two day holiday in China, but here I only have a two day class and I have five days holiday. But I still find a lot of interesting things to do; I can do my homework, study with my group and also my society.
I feel the society I joined has really changed me. Before, I’m really shy and I never go to any activities, but when I joined, I find that I can be there, there are a lot of people, we are all doing major and we have everything the same. And we want to become certified public accountants, so we have more topics to talk and more advanced.
I decided to become the officer in the society and I am the secretary. We are doing a lot of things and I feel I have empowered them and it just gives me more confidence when I talk to people.
When I first came here I felt more excited, so I didn’t feel I had to worry too much. Maybe a little afraid because when I come I don’t know how to live, how to study, how to talk to other people. But when I first came here, I feel so excited, everything for me is new.
English writing for me is not too hard, but just speaking.
At first, when I met my American friends, it’s so hard to talk to them. I even feel like I cannot talk, I don’t know how to say maybe just hello or what topic to talk about.
It’s really helped me. A lot of Chinese study abroad, but there are still a lot of people in China, so I feel like when I study Americans really give me confidence, so when I come back or stay here it’s also good for my future. Even when I come back and I have had the study abroad experience, so I feel more better than other people.
So when I go to an interview in China I maybe have one more skill, like my English is pretty good. So I feel more competent.
I only have one more year to finish my undergraduate and I can look for another school for my master. I just want to keep going along the accounting road. I feel it’s really my future.
After I finish my master I want to study for the CPA exam, it’s a major one for accounting and I feel if I have that one, I will be a master in my area.
At first, I felt it was a little hard, like you don’t know how to study. But later, I just needed to find my own way. So I picked a good time for me to study, maybe on my own. For my major class I just studied on my own and also we have a lot of group study.
I feel like I’m really mixing right now. When I go back to China I’m the Chinese style, when I’m here I’m like my own style.
I feel America has really given me more chances, given me more clear what I should do. I have been taught how I needed to grow up, how I needed to study, how I chose my own life and really when I knew exactly what I wanted to do later.
I need to work hard, I need to study hard and to find a job by myself.
Come here and you can find your own way.
Everything for me I chose by myself so I feel confident when I am doing something right and I needed to take my own responsibility when I do something wrong. It’s really the life that belongs to myself. It’s freedom. More fun, more friends, different friends, different culture. I feel it’s really teaching me more things.
ISC Course: Pre-Master's Program
Progression Degree: MSc Management
I want to open my own consulting firm at some point. I wanted to study something vast that would encompass a lot of things. I come from a country where our major problem is management and I wanted to do something that would make things better in Nigeria. That’s my dream.
Why the United States?
I came to the United States because of the quality of education and the standard of living. I know that taking a degree from such a prestigious country back to Nigeria, will keep me on a different level.
I feel like I found myself. When I came here I just felt so lost and then this gave me meaning. I remember there was a time we went to New York on a sponsored program to talk with top CEOs and get motivation and learn how to go about our careers. I felt that was a turning point for me, that was my highlight, because then I realised it was time I needed to stretch out and do something extra and challenge myself.
The Pre-Master's Program was interesting because I got to learn how to write and speak in academic English. I gained confidence in public speaking, which is very vital for a management student. These things are not offered at Merrimack, so having that foundation before starting the Masters Program was a good thing for me.
The teachers are awesome. I feel like everyone here has been nice to me, they just want to help me and it’s amazing.
They taught me all I needed to know, but they also provided outside classroom support, which was amazing. I could call on them if I needed extra help. There was a time I was going to write my own books and I had a professor who was really supportive and she would read my stories and encourage me.
Studying in Merrimack is more like a class discussion, where you’re able to air your opinions and they’re able to listen to you. Everyone is contributing. I feel like it’s a better way to study, when it’s small and it’s more interactive.
I thought my course would just be telling people what to do and how to manage people, but it encompasses different areas of management. Now we’re doing responsibility and leadership skills, we are touching every area of management. The quality of education here is really good, and I would recommend it to my friends back home.
When you walk into Merrimack it just feels like home; people smiling at you and saying hello. Where I come from I wasn’t used to that. I remember coming here the first day and everyone was opening the door. I didn’t know it was the system here. Back home no one notices you, people just go and close the door, but here it feels warm. Everyone respects each other’s feelings and your race, they embrace you as you are and I feel that’s special.
It’s amazing now, but I was struggling at first. The advisors were really supportive and I felt like they could see that I was struggling to adapt and they really paid attention to me. That’s something I’m very grateful for, because I feel like if I didn’t have that support I would have lost myself even more.
As an international student you need that, you need to feel that warmth, because it’s not easy moving across the sea to a different place and different culture. I like the comfort that you get here. It’s good knowing you are not alone and that you have support from people who are trying to help you through the transition.