International student stories

International student stories

Susana Romero Aparicio, Colombia, studying English

Daniel Nikolla, Albania, studying Creative Media Production HND

Daniel Nikkola

Daniel is currently studying the HND in Creative Media Production (Moving Image) at the College, and is President of the Higher Education Student Union.

"Before coming to the College, I studied English as a Foreign Language and before that I played football in my country for 13 years.

I'm in my first year and the teachers have been very helpful, and as I'm new in the system, I appreciate that a lot – for me it's massive. 

We've had activities with industry and meetings with experienced people from the fields that we are studying.

I was very excited to get elected as the President of the Higher Education Student Union, and we have had meetings to help bring the views of other students to the teachers.

I'm part of the football team and, in my spare time, I go to the gym.

My time at City and Islington College has so far been exceptional. This is the perfect education, we are in a westernised country and that helps a lot with confidence and future goals.

My career ambitions are divided between football and media, and I would like to do something in management. At this point I would like to go into industry and create my own works in media." 

Abdou Mankajang, The Gambia, studied International Access to Higher Education: Business pathway

Abdou said:

"The diversity in the college is amazing and I’ve enjoyed it a lot!

I have offers to study Economics at every university I applied to - the Universities of Westminster, Royal Holloway, Glasgow and Edinburgh Napier."

Rachel Li studied A Levels

Following her A Levels at City and Islington College, Rachel won a music scholarship to continue her piano studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

The RNCM is a leading international conservatoire located in the heart of Manchester, with a reputation for attracting talented students, teachers, conductors and composers from all over the world.

About her time at the College, Rachel said: "I’ve received some lovely support from the teachers."

Her father said: "I really appreciate the continuous support providing a perfect environment for Rachel to practise."

Siyuan Kang studied A Levels

Siyuan studied A Levels in Economics, Maths, Further Maths. She said:

"I chose to study here because it had a good quality of education and gave me a chance to integrate well into classes.

The lessons are really helpful and enjoyable.

After my A Levels, I want to study Economics at UCL."

Huiwen Zhou studied A Levels

Huiwen studied A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Government & Politics and Sociology. She said:

"I chose City and Islington as I wanted to experience a different teaching style to China.

I’ve taken part in extra-curricular activities and after my A Levels, I want to study Law."

Wan Hei Hui studied a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production

Wan Hei said:

"I chose my course as the structure and content suited my needs.

I’ve enjoyed working on projects with my classmates and in my spare time I’ve been involved with the College radio.

I’ve got a conditional offer to study Media and Communication (Television) at university."

Lai Kwan Ho, Hong Kong, studied Access to Higher Education

Lai Kwan studied Access to Higher Education: Medicine and Medical Biosciences. He is now at the University of Southampton studying Biochemistry.

"It's been easy to adapt to the living and teaching environment here. The teaching staff are very different from in Hong Kong and very innovative, so it is easy to learn in English.

London is a great city, and living is similar to Hong Kong with convenient transportation. 

I would recommend the College to other students because it will fully prepare them to go on to university."

Susana Romero Aparicio, Colombia, studied English

Susana came from Colombia to study English at City and Islington College for two terms.

"Studying in London is quite exciting, you have a lot of ways to practise your English and the city has lots of things to do. You will never get bored.

There is a wide variety of student nationalities at the College and it has a good location, with several spaces to relax with your classmates.

Classes are small and you feel the direct contact with the teacher all the time. Classrooms are well equipped and the teachers use a lot of tools.

The teachers are friendly and they do their best to help you to understand the subjects."

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