Current international students have been chosen to represent the University as Ambassadors and will play a key part in recruitment activities both within Bangor and on overseas visits as well as contribute to the support programme offered to students during their studies at Bangor.
Maria is 22 years old and from Spain. She is studying Biomedical Sciences and is an International Student Ambassador for the University
"I wanted to become an ambassador because I think it’s really important to help new students settle and make them feel like they are at their home away from home."
Marlee Whitford is 19 years old, from Weatherford, Texas, USA and is in the 2nd year studying Marine Vertebrate Zoology.
I feel that living in a completely different country to mine, surrounded by a culture I previously did not know was by far the hardest part for me but I have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about it!
Truong Huy Nguyen is 33 years old, from Vietnam and is studying an MBA in Finance and Management at Bangor Business School.
"Bangor University is a right and ideal choice to start a new chapter in your life. As soon as you arrive Bangor, you need to discover the University and the city as well as take part in the social activities organised by the university to make multicultural friends."
Chandrie Cook is 21 years old and from Fort Worth, Texas and is a 3rd year student studying Sport Science.
"The best thing about living in Bangor is how small and natural it is. Some people would view this as a disadvantage, but I absolutely love it. Where else can you walk outside, smell the ocean, and see snow in the mountains at the same time? If you’re ever desperate for a city, just pop to Chester or Liverpool! They’re not far by train.."
Victor Ebuele is 28 years old, from Nigeria, and is in his first year of a PhD in Chemistry.
"International students face many challenges while studying abroad such as food, the language barrier and accommodation issues, which are the major issues they initially encounter. But as an international student ambassador and also one who has experienced such issues, I am able to contribute my own advice to helping new students from different countries settle into life in Bangor."
Robyn Wynn, 20 years old, is of British Roma heritage and is in her third year at Bangor studing Music. Robyn is one of the University's International Student Ambassadors.
Just having someone around who is willing to help you out is important. I wanted to make the transition easier for people. I hope to be able to aid someone in their type at Bangor, even if it is just looking for a crèche for their children or the best supermarkets for a certain food.
Najat Mohammad is 36 years old and from Iraq. He is studying for a degree in Law.
"Bangor is a beautiful and peaceful city to live, where the people are very friendly. The summers in Bangor are really great. It is surrounded by nice places such as Menai Bridge in Anglesey and the Snowdonia Mountains."
Ioanna Skoura is from Greece and is studying Psychology.
"I would like to help international students to adapt, and the scheme is very useful for them"
Kamila Zyszkiewicz is 21 years old and from Poland. she is in her 4th year studying Psychology.
"Bangor is a small town, where most of the people are students. It is like a big campus. That’s great because you are never bored. Other good thing is that Bangor is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. You have got mountains and sea"
Kayla Jones, 21, from the United States is in her second year at Bangor, studying Creative and Professional Writing.
"Moving to a new country and studying for a degree at the same time all on your own is a courageous thing to do, but it is also great to have someone who has done it before help you along the way! I want to be able to help other students who are contemplating studying here to be able to make an informed decision on coming to Bangor and to learn about all the University has to offer."
Hong Chun is 22 years old and from Malaysia. He has graduated in BSc Psychology and is undertaking a Masters degree in MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis.
"The international office of the university provides many support during my stay in Bangor such as visa application, social gathering and the best thing is the university often organize cheap trips for international students to explore amazing places in Wales and England."
Pedro Schreiber Ribeiro, is 24 years old and from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. He is studying Environmental Sciences.
"I would like to encourage the students who are thinking of taking part in an exchange. This experience is a very good opportunity, not only to the studies but also to the personal growth. After that you will probably will be more prepared to face challenges in life."
Taza Mulenga, is 22 years old and from Zambia. She is studying a BSc in Environmental management and is currently in her third year.
"As an international student I feel services such as the International Ambassador Scheme have helped me a lot throughout my stay as it not only provided events throughout the academic year, it also gave me an opportunity to meet people who were also going through the same fears and problems I have as an international student."
Tracy Yang ShiHui is 21 years old and from Singapore. She is studying BSc Psychology and is currently in her 2nd Year.
"The best thing about Psychology would be the teaching support given to us. The lecturers are friendly and approachable, allowing us to present our questions about the course easily to them. ."
Zhang Ping is 30 years old and from China. She is currently studying for a Doctorate of Education.
"Bangor is beautiful city and it is situated on the coast in North Wales. It is around an hour and a half to Manchester and Liverpool and the scenery is quite natural and beautiful - mountains, coastline and Snowdonia National Park are just near to me. It is just like a paradise to do outdoor exercise and an ideal place to study. That’s why I am here."
Klarah Sherzad Baols; 26 from Iraq is studying a PhD in Chemistry is an International Student Ambassador for the University.
"My advice would be to keep in regular contact with the International Support Office and get involved in events that are organised by the University and in the community."
Shanti Shanker. 32, from India is studying for a PhD in Psychology at Bangor.
"The best thing about Bangor is the location. You have rivers, mountains and the sea within walking distance. The people here are really friendly and the University makes you feel at home!"
My name is Monalisa Ofure Odibo, I’m 26 years old and I come from Nigeria. I’m studying for a PhD in Law (Alternative Dispute Resolution) within the School of Law.
"Bangor offered me a wide range of opportunities; from a vibrant research community, internationally recognised research programmes to its commitment to teaching and research excellence."
Daniil Mihhedko, 21, from Estonia is studying for an MSc in Environmental Management.
"If you decide to become a student at Bangor, be sure to keep in touch with the International Support Office, as they organise lots of fun and interesting events. It’s a great way of meeting other international students."
Charu Dada is 30 years old and from India. Charu completed an MA in Education Studies this year and is currently studying EdD Education Studies at Bangor University.
"For most international students, like me, living abroad, away from family and friends is a first time experience. It can be a daunting task adapting to a different lifestyle, culture, making new friends or even working out the currency. I found having a positive attitude and being open to new experiences helps. You might fall a few times but you will have a Happy Ending."
"I chose the Psychology department at Bangor for my PhD as it’s one of the best Psychology departments not only in UK but worldwide. Bangor Psychology ranks in the top five in UK in terms of student satisfaction (National Student Survey) and in top ten in terms of research power (Research Assessment Exercise)."
Zubaida Abdul Sattar, from Pakistan is studying a PhD in Nano-Laser Physics within the School of Electronic Engineering at Bangor University.
"Bangor is a beautiful and peaceful city to live, where the people are very friendly. The summers in Bangor are really great. It is surrounded by nice places such as Menai Bridge in Anglesey and Snowdon Mountain."
My name is Lijun Zhao and I’m from China. I am currently studying for a PhD in Law at Bangor.
"I choose Bangor because it has a long tradition of academic excellence and good reputation of caring and supporting undergraduate and postgraduate students. I received help and assistance from the moment I first got in touch with Bangor to enquire about the course through to when I finally arrived at Bangor – this gave me a very positive impression of the University."
Dominic Wodehouse, 43, from the UK is currently studying part-time for a PhD in Mangrove Conservation within the School of Natural Resources & Geography.
"I think the Scheme is a great idea as the new students can benefit from the insights and experience of the ambassadors who have had to quickly adjust to life in the UK. I see this from a different angle as I’m British, but have lived abroad in Ukraine, Indonesia and Thailand and have travelled a lot in the past."
Huong Thi Vu is 28 years old and from Vietnam. She is studying a PhD in Finance at Bangor.
International Ambassador Mansour, 38 from Iran is currently studying for a PhD in Psychology at Bangor University.
"The scheme is a great opportunity for international students to gather and share their experiences, not only in academic issues but also in a multicultural atmosphere."
Fahad is 34 years old and is from Saudi Arabia. He is studying MSc Nanotechnology and Microfabrication.
"The International Ambassador Scheme lets potential international students ask current international students questions about Bangor."
Alejandra is 27 years old and from Colombia.
"Bangor is a place where you can find all you need. You will find a beautiful environment, you will find good lectures, a good study system that thinks about every single student, supporting them all the way."