Student profile: Osama Alabbasi

Name: Osama Alabbasi

Course: BSc Banking and Finance

Hometown/Country: Bahrain

Why is Bangor University a good choice for the course you are studying?

Like a lot of students form my country, we have a governmental contract where we have to study our undergraduate in Bahrain University and 1 year in the UK, I chose Bangor because I wanted to go somewhere where my course was of high quality. I noticed that Bangor University is considered among the best university in the UK for business studies and opted for it immediately. Enjoying here as it is very friendly while I am getting a very high quality education experience through my studying here. The fact that I am doing my Master’s degree here and not elsewhere is proof of the quality of Bangor University compared to a lot of others I could have chosen.

Tell us what you like about academic teaching quality at Bangor University?

I think the teaching quality here is excellent, I have learnt a lot to do with banking and financial matters from my time here. The system that the university and school uses to educate us is totally different to how we are educated in Bahrain universities. I also really like the fact that the professors here are of very high quality and have years of practical experience because it really helps to be able to have the professors actually KNOW what they are trying to teach us, what works and what doesn’t, what to do right and what not to do, because it is a very tough business to get into Banking.

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?

I came to Bangor to study my degree and that is precisely what I did, I made a few friends but because I was so involved in studying and study groups I didn’t have a lot of time to socialise. I did however sign up for a few societies on the fresher’s week and refreshers week, so I have heard about the societies and the activities they do, but because I was so busy and committed to studying I didn’t have the spare free time to go on activities and trips. Being at the university meant that I had to commit to my studies so that’s what I did.

Your experience of living in university accommodation OR private accommodation?

I have never been to the UK before and never lived away from my parents, So coming to university and living in student accommodation was hard for me, hard to adjust to having to budget and be responsible and independent with my money and budgeting, but over the year I think that I learned how to be more responsible and independent and grew up. I think the pricing of the accommodation is good for what you get, Wi-fi, heating, water all included and security and a good sized room. Also the distance from the Ffriddoedd site to main arts and finance lectures was very good, only took me 10 minutes each morning to make it to my lectures on time.

What do you think about Bangor and the surrounding area?

I think the area around here is really really beautiful, there is so much to do, there is sight seeing to do, and trips to go on with the international education centre to do more sightseeing, I went to Chester with the university and it was a very fun and exciting day with the university. I loved it, I love the UK. I even went up on the medieval walls at Chester city and loved it. Bangor is beautiful, really beautiful, there are mountains and the sea and islands and lots of green areas and little parks within bangor, it really is a good place to be for University.

Any experience with the free support services available to international students at Bangor University?

I did actually need to contact the International education centre for some help. I had some problems because I didn’t know how or where to make and open a bank account from in the UK, or what sort of stuff I needed in order to open one except of course money, so I contacted them and they were able to provide me with all the information I needed to open an account to pay for stuff in the UK like my tuition and rent. That was the only day I contacted them in the year except for general enquiries sometimes for my friends, but they were really helpful and polite and friendly and I really liked that the service was there when I needed it most.

Experience of getting part-time jobs in Bangor? How easy is it to get one?

I have not looked for a job because I am only here for the year to study my Master’s then I will go back home. When I heard of the Bangor Employability award, I applied for the same. Even though I was very busy with my studies but I managed to achieve the award. This is now another big plus point on my resume which will definitely help me in my job search. I am hoping to get a good job very shortly. I know that if I had wanted to find a job in Bangor I would have only had to look for a little while because that’s what a few of my friends did, they found it easy but I personally wasn’t interested in working while studying.

How confident are you that Bangor university degree will help you in taking your career forward?

I am very sure that the degree from Bangor almost guarantees a job for me anywhere I want in my home county as a degree of this quality is very very hard to come by and not often turned down by employers. It’s a great asset to have especially from a university as well-known and respected as this one is. It is the top university in the business field within the UK and the UK has some of the best education in the world, there are going to be so many options for me in the future that I am almost guaranteed a job with the degree I get from here.

What is the highlight/best thing about being a student at Bangor?

The highlight of the year of being a student here for me was that the scenery and routes that I had to take to get to class were beautiful, walking along the road lined with trees with the sea air and the view of the mountains was very refreshing every morning and made me very glad to be here. It is very different to the dry hot conditions I was used to in Bahrain and it was actually incredible to be in such a beautiful place and have the benefit of all that peace and calm for being a student when I was studying. It really helped.

Describe Bangor in three words:

Friendly, Quiet, Convenient