Undoubtedly, leaving your home for a year is not easy. It is a brave decision to make if you have never lived abroad and if you keep a close relationship with your family and friends. Well, that was my case but, after living in Manchester and studying at the University for two months, I can say that I have no regrets about my choice.
Before coming to Manchester, I was interested in specialising and becoming up-to-date in the human resources field. After working for ten years in Chilean firms performing human resources functions, I realised that an international Masters degree would allow me to make a greater contribution in my country. While I was searching for options, The University of Manchester instantly drew my attention: 25 Nobel Prize winners, an international approach, attractive facilities and its interesting Masters in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. Everything seemed perfect for my purposes.
From the beginning of the application process, the University helps you in every step of the way. Once accepted, they send you all the information necessary to make this one a smooth journey. In that sense, I would really recommend you to use the Masters online web page and to read their newsletters and guides. They introduce you to the University and offer essential information about accommodation, immigration permission, the city and how to open a bank account. An additional option that worked very well for me was to contact my country’s student society in Manchester. If you have this possibility, they can help you by providing detailed information based on their own experiences lived in this city.
Upon arrival, the University is fully prepared to welcome you since your first day in Manchester and to deliver the documentation required to settle in the city once the registration process is open (in my case it started on September 1, since my classes began on September 19). If you are travelling from abroad, during certain days of September they offer a free Shuttle Service from the airport to your residence. Additionally, they prepare a full week of welcoming events that I suggest you attend. I found really useful the Core Presentations, the City Bus Tour, the Campus Tour and the Conversation Corners. They allowed me to meet new people and to feel part of the University community right away.
Finally, I highly recommend you to attend the Brathay residential session. It is a really useful and entertaining trip meant for new Masters students. It encourages you to meet classmates and work as a team member. Undoubtedly, these activities were very helpful to become familiar with my new life as an Alliance MBS student and the fact that it was based in the beautiful Lake District made the experience even better.
Before leaving Chile, many people had warned me about Manchester’s gloomy weather, however I was received with a lovely sunny day and my welcome was even warmer due to the university and its people.