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Savita from Canada, Master’s in Pharmacy

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Savita Kaur Dhillon, 22, from Canada
Master’s in Pharmacy (MPharm) at Keele University, Staffordshire

"I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in pharmacy, and I am now going into my second year of the MPharm programme at Keele University in Staffordshire.

I chose to study in the UK for a few key reasons:

  • Pharmacists are in high demand across the UK and career outlooks are highly positive.

  • The UK has many highly regarded universities.

  • I wanted to travel. I hadn’t been on an aeroplane since I was three years old!

As soon as I saw the beautiful Keele campus, I knew I had made the right decision. Right away I noticed the differences between studying in the UK and where I had studied in Canada. The courses were smaller in the UK and there was a lot of emphasis on ensuring student success. There were personal tutors, mentors and a 'buddy system'. Attendance was taken to ensure you attended class – lecturers actually knew who I was and recognised me outside of class hours! It felt amazing during first year knowing I had a support system to help me through any situation or problem I may have come across.

I not only felt comfortable and welcomed because of the amazing support and staff on my course, but also by my fellow students! It was very easy to make new friends as you come to realise that everyone coming to university, regardless of whether they are international students or not, are feeling the same nervous excitement as you are. There are many exciting events put on by the Students’ Union during fresher’s week and these events are meant to be like ice-breakers as they allow you to mingle with other freshers and make lasting friendships. If nights out are not your cup of tea, there are many other ways to meet people! Try joining societies that relate to your interests – Keele has everything from a Quidditch team to a student-run radio station!

I can truthfully say that coming to the UK to study has been one of the best decisions of my life, and I would not trade these experiences for anything. As a final piece of advice for anyone considering the UK as a study destination, don’t forget your umbrella!"

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