"The knowledge and journey I've gained at Staffs Uni has been a really important point in my life."
Lin Zhou, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
International student Lin found a home from home studying at Staffordshire University and believes it has put him on track to achieve his goal of becoming a global banker.
Lin Zhou travelled from his home in China to study BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance at Staffordshire University three years ago and says the experience has changed his life.
“I was just a school boy when I first came here but it has changed me a lot. I wanted to go out and see the world, to open my eyes and experience different things.” he explained.
“Spending time in the UK I got to know people from all over the world which was brilliant because I got to understand different cultures.”
Despite finding the move daunting at first, Lin soon settled into life in Staffordshire with help from the International Support Centre – and even got a taste for the local cuisine.
“They didn't just help with my uni work but also with the social life as well. They helped me understand how different life is in the UK and how to adapt to it.”
He added: “It's a bit wet and cold but it was good fun! The food is very different of course - cheesy oatcakes, fish and chips – but they were good, I liked them!”
The only Chinese student on his course, Lin rapidly developed his English skills and with help from his classmates now speaks the language near perfectly.
“Because everyone else speaks English it forced me not to talk in Chinese and I really improved.” he commented.
“My classmates were all helpful. In the beginning they were really patient and explained to me what things were and how to get through questions I didn’t understand.”
Lin completed the degree with a 2:1 and his parents travelled from China to see him graduate at his awards ceremony held in Trentham Gardens last month.
He now has a place to study for a Masters in Finance in London and has ambitions to become and international banker.
“If I didn't come to Staffs I wouldn’t have been able to get to here. The course really helped me to understand the finance world and I actually really started liking it. The knowledge and journey I’ve gained at Staffs Uni has been a really important point in my life.”
Lin advises other overseas students to embrace their time studying abroad: “Just come and get adapted to it. Try to blend in and make friends with locals. Try new things and get out of your comfort zone and you will grow from that.”
Staffordshire University has a range of courses available through Clearing and extra staff have been drafted in to offer expert guidance over the coming weeks.
Find out how to speak with a Clearing adviser about starting a course in September at Staffordshire University here.
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