Begum Cici Turkey

Begum Cici

Turkey, International Foundation course

I recommend it because of the quality of Oxford Brookes University. The reputation is good, the library is so big and there are a lot of computers to study with. The transportation is so easy and sometimes when the weather is good I walk with my sister or my friends to school. Oxford Brookes University is easy to access from everywhere.

Begum Cici - Turkey, International Foundation course
Which university were you studying at before you came to Brookes? 
I went to the language school to improve my English first, for six months. Then I got my IELTS and after that I came to Oxford Brookes University.

Why did you decide to study in the UK?
Actually my sister came to Oxford and she did a Foundation Diploma Programme already and an undergraduate programme as well at Oxford Brookes University. She encouraged me to do this. Also, the education is better here than in my country and I just love Oxford. It is such a safe city and it is so quiet compared to my city, Istanbul. England is a very fascinating country for me, so I decided to go to a university here. There are lots of advantages for studying abroad, especially in the UK. If you study at Oxford Brookes, you will find a good job in any city much easier. It is so helpful for the future. 

Why did you choose this International Foundation Diploma?
When I wanted to study at Oxford Brookes University, the University advised me to study for the Foundation Diploma Programme first, because it is so helpful. Now, I am learning how to write assignments, which prepares me for working for my degree. Also, my sister encouraged me to do it. She told me that when you study an international diploma programme you can easily continue an undergraduate education.

Do you think that this programme, the International Foundation Programme, will help you to go on to the bachelor?
Definitely, it is so helpful. Before, I didn’t do any assignments. In this programme I have to do everything, and I am learning how I can use the library and how I have to read books. The International Foundation Diploma Programme is more than just a language school. Also, I have got a lot of opportunities to meet different cultures. I have lots of friends now and they are all from different countries, which is really good, and also so helpful to improve my English.

How do you think the teachers here at Oxford Brookes and the administrative staff have helped you?
When I came to Oxford Brookes I was worried about everything, because I am not the best English speaker. My teachers helped me to write assignments, and they told me that if I had any questions or if I had any problems I could just come to sort out all of it - they are so helpful.  

In terms of the facilities and the university, which ones do you use most?  
Actually there are lots of facilities in Oxford Brookes University.  For example, there is the Brookes sports centre, which is so big. I think fitness is the most useful facility for me. But there are lots of other opportunities for students too, like pilates and volley ball. 

What about your accommodation, are you living in student halls? 
I’m living with my sister so I didn’t need accommodation. However, my friends stay in the Brookes accommodation and when I went to visit them I saw their place. It is really comfortable and of much quality, everything is very new and it is so useful.  

What do you hope to do when you finish the International Foundation Diploma?  

I want to study my honours degree programme in International Business Management at Oxford Brookes University. I hope that I will get my degree here, because I love the University and its high reputation, and I know everything now – it is really easy for me. 

What is your favourite place in Oxford?  
Bicester Village. It is an amazing place. Actually there are lots of places in Oxford that are nice. I love Cowley too, I think Cowley Road is very attractive. All of the places here are so quiet, there are no noises. 

Have you visited any other places while you are here in Oxford?  
Lots of times I went to London, and did some shopping there. But London is so crowded. It is the same as Istanbul, so when I go to London I want to go back to Oxford immediately. I like Oxford because it’s not so crowded and it is safe as well compared to London. Oxford is such an historical place and the architecture is amazing because every building is different. It is just so attractive. 

Do you think you would recommend Oxford Brookes to other international students? 
I recommend it because of the quality of Oxford Brookes University. The reputation is good, the library is so big and there are a lot of computers to study with. The transportation is so easy and sometimes when the weather is good I walk with my sister or my friends to school. Oxford Brookes University is easy to access from everywhere.

What are your top tips for international students when they first come to Brookes?  
They should look up some information about Oxford and Oxford Brookes University before they come. Research is so important. Before I came here I did research about the Uni and it was so easy. The Brookes website is so useful and everything is explained well.