Experience King's Competition Winner
Experience King's competition winner, Brazilian student Isabel Abreu Braga, has now returned to home after an action packed time in London. Here she reflects on her time in the UK and at King’s. Read on for some handy hints on what it is like to study in London, getting around and what to do in the capital. For a detailed account of her visit, take a look at her diary
"I'm already back in Brazil! After 10 days in London I have realized that, although it is a short period of time. I could get a good idea of the city and of the student life at King´s and at International Students House. I think it is worth sharing some impressions I had (and some tips), with Brazilians and students of many different countries that wish to study at King´s College London.
"Starting with academic life, I have realized that the education system for masters courses can be quite different from Brazil. Lectures are more dynamic, interactive, and there are many seminars during the course. Besides that, King´s offers more support to students than Brazilian universities (in general) do. Good examples of are the English Language Centre and all the support provided by the university concerning accommodation and immigration issues. So, pay attention to all the announcements and documents because there is definitely going to be something helpful that may interest you.
One important tip is that if you want to apply for any King´s course, it is much better to do it in advance - especially if you are an overseas student."
"To commute by bus in London is much easier than it seems at first sight. When you get to know how to use the map at the bus stop it is easy to get around by bus. And there are some advantages to travel by bus: it is cheaper than the tube, there are night buses (there are no tubes after midnight) and it ´s possible to sightsee whilst you are commuting.
Of course the tube can be a faster (and cleaner) way, but it is worth considering going by bus!"
"There are many places to visit and to go out in London...museums, pubs, restaurants, concerts, theatres... to know what is going on, it is always good take a look at Time Out magazine and to talk with Londoners. The London Pass is also very good as a guide of where to visit and what to do - museums, parks, cycling, tours...
I hope I have helped you to have a good experience in London and at King´s College! It is an amazing city and for sure you will love it - as I do!"
Notes on sponsors
Isabel's 10 day Experience King's prize included:
• International airfare to/from London; courtesy of the British Council Brazil;
• Accommodation and breakfast; courtesy of International Student House
• Free London travel and a 6 day London Pass which allows free entry to 55 fantastic London attractions. Visit top museums and galleries, historic buildings and popular tourist sights; courtesy of Study London.
British Council Brazil
The British Council has been helping to bring together people and organisations in Brazil and the UK since 1945. They are the official organisers and supporters of London Week 2009 .
International Students House (ISH)
ISH is a unique social, cultural and recreational centre based near Regent's Park in central London. Facilties include a modern restaurant, gym with fitness classes and weekly social events including free films; live music and culture nights such as Bollywood dance workshops and Japanese tea parties!
London is home to more international students than any other city in the world; find out why at the OFFICIAL website for universities and higher education colleges in London