Sing Er Teo, 22, from Malaysia, completed her Diploma in Hospitality Management at her local college. With a little encouragement from her sister, already studying in the UK, she decided to turn it into a bachelors degree at university in the UK.
Sing Er chose the University of Derby’s award winning Buxton campus, set in the heart of the UK to complete her Bachelor degree in Hospitality Management.
Sing Er explained her decision: “When I decided to complete a top up year I had a big selection of universities to choose from. The University of Derby’s Buxton campus really appealed to me because its courses are high quality and there’s a much more personal approach to teaching. You get plenty of one-to-one time with your lecturers.”
The University’s links to employers and the importance they place on real world and work based learning also appealed to Sing Er.
“I think that it is important to combine a degree with work experience as you certainly have an advantage when it comes to securing a job. I was really pleased to find out that the University of Derby has lots of links with well known employers and that work placements were actively encouraged as part of the courses,” she added.
“The University of Derby Buxton welcomes students from all cultures and the growing number of international students are well catered for by the dedicated international team. Moving so far away from home was really scary at first but with the help of the international support team I settled in very quickly. There’s a multi-cultural society on campus that organises trips for international students which is a really good way of making friends” she explains.
“From the moment I arrived, the University of Derby provided me with a friendly and welcoming environment in which to study, as well as an opportunity to improve my English. I’d definitely recommend coming here to study to my friends back home,” concludes Sing Er.
Dr Peter Dewhurst, Dean of Faculty at the University of Derby Buxton, added: “Our location, courses and size makes us very popular with international students looking for a place where they can settle in quickly and concentrate on their studies.
At the heart of the University of Derby’s Buxton campus is a focus on delivering the highest quality of student centred experiential learning, providing all students with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills within real working environments.
Students interested in the University of Derby’s Buxton provision can study foundation degrees, bachelor degrees and masters courses in the areas of Events Management, Travel and Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Sports and Outdoor Recreation, Beauty, Spa and Hairdressing, and Countryside Management.
For further information on studying at the University of Derby in the UK visit www.derby.ac.uk/international or speak on Skype to one of our International Recruitment Officers.
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