Radostin Stoyanov – UCAS Undergraduate (international)

Radostin comes from Bulgaria and is in his first year at the University of Aberdeen, studying Computing Science.

Why did you choose to study Computing Science?

I chose Computing Science because I love software development, but I also want to know other sides of IT, such as artificial intelligence and web design.

What made you want to study in the UK?

The UK universities are elite and have a very good education system. Also, they are known for their research programmes.

What was your biggest worry about starting university as an international student?

In my first days in university, I was worried that I didn't know what exactly I had to do. The reason for this was the difference in education system. However, after one or two days, I understood everything about exams, assignments, tutorials and practicals. In conclusion, it wasn't so hard; I just didn't know all these things when I arrived.

What is the best thing about studying in the UK?

You have enough time to study and work on projects. However, the best thing here is the online assignments, because you can do the test whenever you want (before the deadline, of course!) and you receive your results immediately. So in this way, my timetable is more flexible and I can study more efficiently.

How are you finding living away from home?

I love the city (Aberdeen). The weather here is not sunny very often but I really like the people on campus and in the city as a whole.

How easy/difficult was it for you to get financial support for your studies?

I applied to SAAS which wasn't so difficult, but I was worried about doing something wrong on my application. I also had to apply for a bank loan to pay for my accommodation, which my parents helped me with.

If you could change one thing about your university experience so far, what would it be?

I really want to practice more with software development so if I could, I would make a course just for software development, in which every student could work on some project with others. This would be great to see so many people writing code, talking to each other and solving problems.

Do you have any advice for other international students who might want to study in the UK?

My advice is to not worry because here everything is very organised and it is almost impossible to miss some important event or even exam. The best thing here is the international students because you will meet people from almost every part of the world and you can ask them anything you want. The first days in uni are a really pleasant time when the new students become more independent and responsible, but they also have fun together.