Laura Valentina Natera
Venezuela, International Foundation course
If English is not your first language then there are things that you need to improve before you go into a course. Like how you write, how you express yourself, the foundation course helped me a lot with that.
Laura Valentina Natera - Venezuela, International Foundation course
Why did you decide to study in the UK?
Well, I am from Venezuela and my biggest dream in life is becoming president of my country. That is my biggest ambition. I think in order to do that you need to have different visions of the world and know different people from all over the world. So you will have a big overview of what is going on, how people think and how you can improve your own country.
Why did you choose Oxford Brookes in particular?
I applied through UCAS, to five universities, but what caught me about Oxford Brookes is their attention on international students. They are so worried about what you feel and what you want to do. The people in charge of the admissions were in touch with me all the time. To see if my admission letter and the statement was OK, which was so nice I really liked that.
Why did you choose a foundation course?
Well because I am interested in economics, politics and international relations. That is the course I will be doing next year. But when I finished my high school in Venezuela I did not have A-levels. In order to get them I need to do the foundation degree, and because they were offered at Oxford Brookes it seemed a good idea. If English is not your first language then there are things that you need to improve before you go into a course. Like how you write, how you express yourself, the foundation course helped me a lot with that.
What is the best thing about this course?
Well that you meet many people from all over the world, it is very international. That improves you as a student. If you are going to do a course in England, you will need to be good at English and this course helps you with that.
How different is this teaching style compared to where you were previously?
I think the education here is very good, but the most important thing is that they make it more personalised. All students have a common knowledge but at tutorials you can talk with the teacher and they make sure you understand what is going on and that is very important. I really appreciate that they personalise everything.
Would you recommend this course to other students?
Basically two of my friends are probably doing this course next year. I recommended it, they are from Venezuela. I find it a very easy way to get into university through a foundation year. I find it fantastic, you come in and do your foundation and then you are in university. It is very trouble free.
What do you like most about living in Oxford?
Everything really, I think it is very good. It is a small city but at the same time there are lot of things to do. It’s like an adventure all the time. When you go into the city centre you will find something new every time you go there, even if you have already been a hundred times. And what I also like is that there are so many international people. I think it is a little place but with people from all over the world and a mix of culture, that is so interesting.
Do you have tips for other international students coming to Oxford Brookes?
Well first you need to get in touch with the advisors so that would be the academic part. Then, I would highly recommend getting involved in a society. It relates you to the university but at the same time, you meet loads of new people with similar interests, it’s also an easy way to make friends.