Zhihao-(Patrick)-Chen-China

Zhihao (Patrick) Chen

China, PhD candidate in Tourism Management

The UK is a world-leading country for education. As an International student, studying in the UK is a sensible choice, as we have fully developed research in social science and natural science… And you can have a diversity of choice in your field… I think the degrees issued by the UK universities are widely recognized by the world.

Zhihao (Patrick) Chen - China, PhD candidate in Tourism Management

Why did you decide to study in the UK?

The UK is a world-leading country for education. As an International student, studying in the UK is a sensible choice, as we have fully developed research in social science and natural science… And you can have a diversity of choice in your field… I think the degrees issued by the UK universities are widely recognized by the world.

Why did you choose to study at Oxford Brookes?

Choosing Brookes is because I got my Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management in China. Oxford Brookes has a good reputation for hospitality management in the word. Also, Oxford Brookes is located in Oxford, with efficient academic resources that you can use to get solid knowledge. And Hospitality Management at Brookes has a very strong connection and network with the hospitality industry in the UK. As a postgraduate student before, each of us will be arranged by an industry mentor, we will discuss the job [opportunities], industry issues, etc.

Have you visited the UK or Oxford before studying here?

No, I haven’t. But this is my fifth year in the UK. I started postgraduate study in 2016 at Oxford Brookes and I finished my one- year study in MSc. International Hospitality and Tourism Management. Then I took a placement in Shangri La Hotel in London for 1 year. And then in 2019, I came back to Oxford Brookes to start my PhD journey. So I think I have quite a knowledge about Oxford Brookes.

How do you find the facilities provided on campus?

I joined the CSSA, we shared information about their experience in the UK, and especially, during lockdown, we shared (face) masks to students who were in need. And we also share study experience (and tips) when some members experience barriers or issues, etc. We help each other to sort out problems.

Can you give some tips for international students coming to Oxford Brookes?

As international students, life in the UK can be quite new. I encourage them to engage with local culture and make friends with the locals. They can go to pubs, though they are closed now, but will be reopened (in the near future). I think the pub culture is one of the most typical cultures (that) can represent British culture, you can socialize with local residents and talk about politics, life issues, sports, etc. It is quite a relaxed space and you can have opportunities to engage with local culture. Secondly, don’t be shy to practice and explore local culture through traveling. I am a big fan of traveling and when I was a postgraduate student in Oxford, I travelled a lot. I am quite interested in exploring the local villages in the UK, each village has its own view and culture.

Can you describe your experience at Oxford Brookes with only one word?

I think it is ‘fantastic’. My experience, whatever from the start day until I leave at Oxford Brookes is fantastic. I experienced a lot here and I do love this university!