William Cessford

Sweden, International Foundation followed by BSc (Hons) Business and Marketing Management

“The international foundation is a really good course because of the mix of a lot of nationalities, making it easier to make friends and get settled in.”

Why did you decide to come to the UK to study?

I wanted an international degree and I really like Oxford in general as a student town.  We don’t have anything like it in Sweden. So that’s why I chose it, that and I really like the school.

Why did you choose to study this course at Oxford Brookes?

My grade wasn’t the best, yet I still wanted to go to a good university so the other option was to do a foundation to get into the course that I wanted to do.

How do you think that the foundation course will prepare you for your degree?

I haven’t done academic writing and a lot of writing styles before. Especially being brought up in Sweden and having gone through the Swedish school system, we didn’t do that much English. So that’s helping me a lot.

What do you like about your course?

I really like how it’s very spread out with different modules so you get to try a lot of different things. So if you’re not sure what you want to do you can still try different things. Like for example I really wanted in the beginning to do straight business, but then I explored doing a bit in marketing.

How do you find the teaching style here different from back home?

We have modules in Sweden, but they aren’t chosen, they’re set. We have more discussion with the teachers than I would have normally in Sweden. If you’re talking about an issue or an event then you can have more free discussion with the teacher than you would normally in Sweden.

What do you like most about living in Oxford?

I really like Oxford, because it’s a small town with a lot of buzz, restaurants, clubs, bars and pubs, so it’s very entertaining.  I love going down to the city centre, going through the new Westgate to do some shopping, and then going out to eat and hang with the boys. I like Byron Burgers too, it’s a restaurant on George Street which is great.

What advice would you give for international students coming to Brookes?

I think sometimes if you get thrown directly into the course with a lot of English students they might know each other from before, but this course provides a great chance to get to know people who are on the same page as I am.