Student Life at Bangor University

Profiles of international students

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.

RecepRecep Gorgulu - Ph.D. student in Sport Psychology

Recep from Turkey is a first year Ph.D student at the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science.

"Although Bangor is not a big city, it is probably one of the most beautiful university settings in the UK surrounded by mountains and the sea; it is perfect for outdoorsy people. For me it is large enough for energy and enthusiasm, but small enough for individualism.

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Anne Alao - LLB LawAnne

Anne is from Nigeria and is 23 years old. She is studying a degree in Law and is in her third year.

"Bangor has amazing landscape and kind people "

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Nebu George- BA History with Archaeology Nebu

Nebu George is 25 years old and from Mumbai, India. He’s in his second year at Bangor, studying BA History and Archaeology.

"Living in Bangor means living in a place of scenic beauty. The greenery, the beach, the pier, the hills and the mountain just become a part of your daily life. In essence one tends to believe that one is living in a holiday destination."

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Catherine Chen- MSc in Conservation & Land ManagementCatherine

Catherine Chen is from Taiwan and is 27 years old .She's studying MSc in Conservation & Land Management

"I heard about Bangor University at an education fair in Singapore and I chose to study here as I enjoy the nature in this area that Bangor has got to offer. Also, the university has a good support system for students."

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Rana Tajvidi- PhD Management studies and MarketingRana

Rana is from Iran and is 33 years old. She is studying a PhD in Management Studies and Marketing and is currenly on her third year.

"I always dreamed to study PhD in Marketing and Management in UK and I had heard about beautiful Wales. Then I heard about Bangor from one of my friends who was studying at Bangor University. She told me about Bangor Business School and everything about the course and the university and I liked it too much. "

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Van

Van Anh Le- PhD in Law

Van is 28 years old and from Vietnam. She's studying a PhD in Law.

"I did my Master in Law at Bangor and then I decided to pursue my PhD here because of the wonderful environment, the excellent quality of the University and the devoted support from the staff."

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Kit

Christopher Heeley- BA Linguistics and the English Language (With International Experience)

Christopher Heeley (Preferred name Kit), is 21 years old and is from Alsager in East Cheshire, UK. He's studying a BA in Linguistics and the English Language (With International Experience)

"The Linguistics and English Language School is incredibly personal. From week one, all students will feel involved in the lectures, the research and feel incredibly welcomed by the instructors. The students are all in it together and so work together, and all, even the quieter of us students have the confidence to openly participate."

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Twila

Twila Bakker- PhD Music

Twila Bakker is from Canada. She's studying a PhD in Music at Bangor University

"The lecturing staff in Music are a fantastic group. Their involvement in the undergraduate and postgraduate courses is phenomenal, and all while maintaining active international academic careers!"

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Tamara Bukatz- PhD Law

Tamara is from Germany and is a 2nd year Law PhD candidate

"Since the very beginning of my stay in Bangor, I found staff and students in Bangor incredibly helpful. Thanks to them, I am now finding myself in a position where I am able to carry on their heritage and help new and existing international students myself."

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Shoko

Shoko Konno- BA Journalism and Media Studies

Shoko Konno is 20 years old, from Tokyo, Japan. She's studying BA Journalism and Media Studies at Bangor University.

"My department offers both theoretical and practical modules, which means you can gain and train your creative practical skills before you get a job. Every lecturer in the school is supportive, friendly and approachable and that helps students to build knowledge effectively."

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Qinrui Zhang- BSc Accounting and BankingQinrui

Qinrui is 20 years old and from China. She's studying BSc Accounting and Banking.

"Bangor University provides many chances for the students to get involved. I joined the culture challenge this year, and met my fantastic teammates! We have a lot of fun together and did well in the competition. It is really an unforgettable experience for me. Another great activity I was involved in is the exchange programme which is to help students to get international experience in other countries. It is easy join in: just submit your application form and then take part in interview. If you do well and pass the interview, then you get the chance to study aboard for a semester, a year or just a summer programme."

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Peter Jingcheng- PhD in English Literature

Peter is 28 years old and from China. He's studying a PhD in English Literature.

"Bangor University as I believe is your best choice as you can learn a lot and gain useful academic knowledge, make good friends with teachers and locals, and enrich your life experiences."

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Nishanthi Nehru- Law

Nishanthi is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is studying Law at Bangor University.

"The programme that I am studying has many great features, which has helped my progress throughout the year. One such feature is the tutor programme that has assisted me in both my personal or educational aspects."

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Georgia

Georgia Kremastioti - BA English Literature with English Language

Georgia is 21 years old and from Greece. She's in her third year studying a BA English Literature with English Language.

"Despite the fact that it is a small place, there are activities for all tastes. Life here is quite cheap as well, as there are student discounts and special offers in most stores. Finally, people here are very friendly and helpful, and it is quite a safe environment to live in."

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Changjing Liu- PhD in Translation Studies

Changjing is 26 years old and from China. She's studying a PhD in Translation Studies.

"My teacher recommended Bangor University to me when I was at the end of my undergraduate study. I was attracted by the beautiful scenery in Wales, Bangor University’s high teaching quality and its open academic atmosphere. After one year’s Masters study, I became even surer that Bangor was a place I’d love to settle down in. Therefore, Bangor became my primary choice when I decided to pursue a doctorate.

I believe, our university with its all supportive staff and facilities will assist me to finish my project smoothly."

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Arathi

Arathi Nambiar- BSc Psychology

Arathi Nambiar is 19 years old and from India.

"I heard about Bangor University at an UCAS fair in Malaysia. I chose to come here because the Psychology course is one of the best in UK. Also the view here is wonderful."

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Alaa

Alaa Al-Halbosy- PhD English Literature

Alaa Al-Halbosy is 31 years old and from Iraq. He's in his first year of a PhD in English Literature.

"I heard about Bangor University from some friends of mine who studied at the same university. The reason why my choice fell on Bangor is that it is one of the UK's most prestigious universities regarding the satisfaction of students and its supervisors have a high reputation in the field of literature; besides being a beautiful, safe and calm which make it an ideal place for my family."

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Maria
Maria Reino - Biomedical Sciences

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."

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MarleeMarlee Whitford - Marine Vertebrate Zoology

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!

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ChandrieChandrie Cook - BSc Sport Science

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.."

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Victor EbueleVictor Ebuele - PhD in Chemistry

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."

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KaylaKayla Jones - Creative and Professional Writing

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."

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Taza
Taza Mulenga - Environmental Management

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."

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TracyTracy Yang ShiHui - BSc Psychology

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. ."

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Zhang PingZhang (Candy) Ping - Doctorate of Education

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."

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Image of MonalisaMonalisa Ofure Odibo - PhD in Law

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."

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Image of MonalisaDaniil Mihhedko - MEnvSci Environmental Management

Daniil Mihhedko, 22, 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."

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Charu Dada - EdD Education Studies

Charu DadaCharu 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."

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Dominic Wodehouse - PhD in Mangrove Conservation

Image of DominicDominic 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."

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Mansour Bagheri - PhD in Psychology

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."

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