Student profile: Elakkiya Karunakara Pandian
Name: Elakkiya Karunakara Pandian
Course: Law LLM
Why is Bangor University a good choice for the course you are studying?
Financially it is more reasonable than most other universities, the fee and overall cost of living is also low.
Tell us what you like about academic teaching quality at Bangor University?
I think the teaching quality at Bangor university is very professional and good, the way they teach is really interesting. We are given the slides and the reading lists before the class so we can go through them which helps us prepare before the lecture. The professors are very qualified, most of them have a PhD and have written articles in many journals. They all understand us very well and they are easy to approach despite being so highly qualified. I think quality wise there is a higher standard than in my home country and I have improved on a personal level. I am developing myself by studying here and I am really satisfied.
What is the social life like in Bangor? Are you involved in any societies or sports teams? How easy it is to make friends here?
They have great clubs and societies here and, I was part of the Archery club, Zoological Society, Historic Society, HogSoc (which was very different) and the Aquatic Society. It is very easy to make friends here and I have friends from all over the world now. Everybody is so friendly here.
Your experience of living in university accommodation OR private accommodation?
I live in university accommodation in Garth halls, it is very spacious and it is very good if you are moving from another country for the first time. The distance from campus is very close too,Garth has a great location.
What do you think about Bangor and the surrounding area?
It's very serene, peaceful and beautiful here. I really like Bangor.
Any experience with the free support services available to international students at Bangor University?
When we went on a law trip to Italy, France and Luxemburg with the university I went to the International Education Centre for help. I needed a Schengen visa and it was all sorted out by them for me.
Experience of getting part-time jobs in Bangor? How easy is it to get one?
I currently work at a convenience store, it was not tough for me to find a job. I am also going for the Bangor Employability Award (BEA). In Law, we have so many opportunities here, I have been working on a legal opinion with the Scottish Government and did a lot of research, work on conference papers and a journal article. I feel we have really good professors who pass on information and opportunities.
How confident are you that Bangor university degree will help you in taking your career forward?
I am very confident because it's not only about the degree but also how the professors teach us and help us to develop.
What is the highlight/best thing about being a student at Bangor?
The academic quality, meeting with so many professionals, learning from so many different cultures and great people. There are so many opportunities here and everbody is really friendly. The cost of study is another good thing, compared to London, I feel the cost here is very comfortable. Bangor university is the best choice for law according to me.