April 2017: A Q&A session with me

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One of my responsibilities as a student ambassador is to provide tours to prospective students. I recently gave a tour to two individuals. During the tour, I couldn’t help but reminisce about the first time I visited The University of Manchester as a prospective student. I remember the day vividly and another prospective student was also visiting the University. We were guided by a current student from the MSc Operations, Project and Supply Chain Management course and had the opportunity to ask them questions.

I’m sure there are many questions that you would like answered before committing and attending The University of Manchester. So, to help alleviate some of that stress, I’ve provided a short Q&A session below based on my own personal experience.

How many students are currently enrolled in the MSc Operations, Project and Supply Chain Management course?

About 100 students.

How diverse is the program?

The program is very diverse. There are students from about 15-20 countries. Some of these countries include: Bulgaria, China, England, Germany, India, Indonesia, Paraguay, Turkey, and USA.

Where do you live? On-campus or off-campus?

I live off-campus at Liberty Heights in a studio apartment, which is located near Oxford Road train station. I really like it because it is centrally located. I can get to campus in about 15 minutes and the city center in about 20 minutes. There are also markets and restaurants within a 2 to 3 minute walk so it is very convenient!

How many hours a week do you dedicate to school work?

I spend 12 hours a week in lectures. I spend about 15-20 hours outside of class on readings, individual assignments, and group work.

Is it possible to work part-time while attending the program?

I do not work while attending School because I felt that I needed to dedicate all of my time to University. There are a lot of group assignments so it gets challenging when you have to meet with your group members outside of the classroom. There are students on the course that do work part-time though so it can definitely be done. However, I would make sure that your schedule is flexible and you are good at managing your time.

What about medical insurance in the UK?

As an international student, this is something that I was worried about. Healthcare in the UK is free! However, you will need to register with a doctor once you arrive in Manchester. I would suggest finding a doctor that is located nearby and registering early because many of them do not take new patients as the year progresses. This is easy and can be done by going into the doctor’s office or registering online.

How do I open a bank account in the UK?

If you are an international student and are looking to open a UK bank account, the process is fairly simple. However, you will need to obtain a letter from the University before you can open a bank account because they need proof of residency. I chose to open a student account with Barclays. I love it and have not had any issues since I’ve been here. There are many ATM locations in the city so I never have to worry about not being able to get cash out when needed.

Additional words of advice/comments?

Attending The University of Manchester has been a great experience! I have met so many students from all over the world. I have learned a lot about myself and the type of career I want in the future. Things have not always gone my way, but my classmates make for a great support system. Classes are challenging and different from what I’m used to, but that’s what makes this experience so rewarding. I love living in Manchester. There is so much to do and the people are very friendly. Take every moment in because one year sure goes by quickly!

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