Student Experiences - East Timor

Abilio de AraujoAbílio de Araujo - MEd Educational Leadership, Policy and Development

My name is Abílio de Araujo. I am from East Timor and I received a Chevening scholarship from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office to study here. Every year, the British government offers two scholarships for Timorese students to pursue postgraduate studies in the UK. I was given a list of universities in the UK and I found Bristol University through its website. I decided to study at Bristol University because it is one of the leading research universities in the UK and the course pathway is very pertinent for my professional career in the future.

The city of Bristol is compact and it is easy to find everything. I like the city centre (Cabot Circus) because I can buy clothes, find different types of cuisine and it is walking distance from my accommodation. The city of Bristol is very famous with its landmarks buildings, and the Bristol Museum is next to the Wills Memorial Building (home to the Law School).

I live in student accommodation which is not far from the Graduate School of Education - it takes me 10 minutes to walk to the School. The academic staff are very professional and I very much enjoy the interaction with tutors. Tutors are more like friends. They provide tutoring and other feedback in a constructive way both in the classroom and in individual meetings. Resources, such as books and the internet, are available all the time, and the librarians are friendly and always help international students order books and academic journals. The academic affairs office always provides valuable assistance concerning any letters required for personal purposes. I have participated in various types of seminars both organised by the University and the Faculty. I enjoyed very much the welcoming party, which was organised by University of Bristol Union.

Graduating from a UK university, especially Bristol University, will have a huge impact for my future career in terms of a good job and future PhD studies compared to other people who graduated from other universities (both in East Timor and south-east Asia). When I graduate from the Educational Leadership, Policy and Development programme, I will have different choices to make when I return to East Timor. I can either continue in my previous job at the Ministry of Education or work for a higher education institution.

I will always remember the first time I saw snow in Bristol. I was really excited and spent whole day out with friends taking photos and enjoying the weather (although it was very freezing and slippery). If you have a dream to pursue your higher education in the UK, the University of Bristol is a very good place for you to accomplish your dream.    

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