Juliana Restrepo Sanchez
MSc Marketing, from Medellin
Awarded International Scholarship, Colfuturo Scholarship and Enlazamundos Scholarship.
“The city is really calm and safe – it is the perfect place to come to study. ”
Why did you choose to study at the University of Bath?
I wanted to study in a small city in England because I prefer calm places. I chose Bath because of the ranking of the management programmes, and because the university also has high student satisfaction.
Why MSc Marketing?
I studied Management for my undergraduate degree and I then worked for four years in the marketing department of a company. I think it is important to combine working and studying, so I decided to wait a few years so that I could gain some practical experience and be sure that I wanted to do postgraduate study in this area. I really liked marketing so I decided to continue my studies in this subject.
What do you enjoy most about living here?
The city is really calm and safe – it is the perfect place to come to study. I really enjoy the multicultural element here and it is interesting to get to know different people and their cultures.
What were your greatest worries when you first came to Bath and how were they resolved?
This is my first time living abroad, so of course I had some worries before I came. I got in contact with some of the Colombian students on the Student Profile pages on the website to ask them some questions and to make sure they liked the university. The first few months were they most difficult because I really missed my family and friends. I am very happy with the decision I made to come here.
What was the most significant challenge you encountered upon your entry in the British higher education system?
The British system is really different. I did a Pre-Sessional English course which I found really useful because we learned everything about how the British higher education system works, such as essay writing and the marking criteria. I also used the time to get used to the city and the university before starting the master’s course.
What extra-curricular activities do you do?
I really like the fact that the university gives us lots of different options for extra-curricular activities such as doing sport, joining societies and learning languages. I play badminton and squash and I am also studying French.
What are your plans for the future? How do you think the MSc Marketing will help with your career prospects?
After the course I will go back to Colombia and find a job in marketing. I want to use the knowledge and experience that I have gained from the MSc Marketing course to improve and help the development of my country.
Do you have any advice for other Colombian students interested in coming here?
I would encourage Colombian students to apply for country-specific scholarships, as well as general scholarships. I would also recommend doing a Pre-Sessional English course. Once at Bath, take advantage of everything that is on offer rather than just focusing on your studies.