Anna Nikiel from Poland

BSc (Hons) Mathematics

Student from Poland“I am a second year student from Poland. I am studying Mathematics at Undergraduate level. I started in September 2008 and expect to graduate in 2012.

“I started University straight after I completed my secondary education in Poland. I chose Wolverhampton, first of all, because I like challenges. Living and studying in a foreign country is challenging, but it also gives you lots of confidence, satisfaction and experience.

"Secondly, I have seen studying in England as a great opportunity to improve my English, meet people from all over the world and learn new things. The University services and facilities have also played an important role in my choice. I knew about the excellently equipped Learning Centre, new Technology Centre and a range of services the University offers in order to develop students and make the learning process more effective.

"Bearing in mind all the above I finally decided that University of Wolverhampton will be the best option for me.

“During my application period, I was fortunate enough to enter a competition that ran for that year only, to design a website for the School of Computing and Information Technology, for which I won a £1,000 Scholarship towards my fees.

“Arriving at Wolverhampton and settling in was easier than I had imagined. There were many friendly members of staff, ready to give directions and help with moving in. I also received my school induction programme prior to my arrival, so with everything sorted out I had time to settle in, meet new people and enjoy fresher’s week.

“During my first year I was living in Lomas Street Halls of Residence and throughout my stay I have experienced a very good service. Members of staff were helpful and the Residential Assistants were available to answer any questions. I have met many people, made friends and enjoyed social events. This year I am a Residential Assistant, using my experience to ensure residents are having a good time whilst staying in Halls. Also during September and October I helped residents connect to the wireless network at the University and got paid for it. I currently work in a bar to assist my finances.

“Now, looking at academic life, in my opinion it’s very well organised. Currently, I have four modules per semester and lecture notes are usually available on WOLF prior to the session, so I can prepare myself, and then get the most from my lecture.

"For some of my modules I have workshops, where I can apply knowledge gained from the lecture into practical exercises. There is always a tutor available, so I can ask questions if I have any problems with a task. There are also lunchtime tutorials where lecturers are available to answer any questions and help with some academic challenging issues.

“I think Wolverhampton itself is a good city for students; many places are accessible by walking, it’s not very expensive, it has many pubs to hang out with friends and beautiful West Park is ideal for walks and jogging.

"The city has also a very good train and coach connection with other main cities in the UK, so it’s very easy to plan a short trip. So far I have visited Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Liverpool and Cardiff.

“To summarise, during the time I have spent in Wolverhampton I have gained more self-confidence, improved my English, met people from all over the world, made lots of friends, gained valuable work experience and developed myself personally and professionally. I recommend the University of Wolverhampton to anyone who wants to get the most out of their time spent at University.”