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Zhiling Li

Zhiling Li

- International Journalism 12/13

Why did you choose to study at Cardiff University?

I thought it would be a good chance for me to improve my English and learn how to produce news to the British standard, which is very high. Besides that, Cardiff University is famous for its journalism courses.

What was the most relevant/beneficial aspect of the course?

The practice of running a newspaper of our own for me is the most unforgettable. It gave me the chance to do interviews using English and work with classmates who are mostly from different culture backgrounds.

Why would you recommend Cardiff to potential students?

The tutors are really friendly and devoted to the progress of students. This is the most important thing that a student wants.

Finally, describe your Cardiff experience in one sentence!

Faster than I had imagined.


Ahmad Al-Hendi

- International Journalism 12/13

Why did you choose to study at Cardiff University?

I wanted to study abroad and Cardiff University has one of the best reputations for journalism!

What was the most relevant/beneficial aspect of the course?

I found the hands-on approach the most useful aspect of the program. In the documentary pathway, we were out filming and editing films within a few weeks of starting the course.

What did you enjoy most about the course/Cardiff University?

Nothing beats the international community that MA International Journalism created. We had students from 27 different countries to meet and learn from.

Why would you recommend Cardiff to potential students?

Cardiff is a great city. It's not too big or daunting but it definitely has its fair share of culture and events.

What do you plan to do next?

The plan is to head back to Toronto and start applying for work in my field. Ideally, I'd like to work in the documentary medium but I'm open to print journalism as well.

Finally, describe your Cardiff experience in one sentence!

It was definitely very challenging, but the experiences had and lessons learned made it well worth the struggles.


Marcela Kunova

Marcela Kunova

- International Journalism 11/12

What was the best thing about your course?

Great variety of lectures and excellent quality of practice-based teaching in
the magazine pathway.

Describe the Cardiff social life?

Quite unusual for lots of international students but there is an opportunity for everyone to find something he/she likes. Also, plenty of activities offered by
the Students Union makes the Cardiff social life very rich.

Why would you recommend Cardiff to potential students?

It is a beautiful city on the coast where you feel comfortable and safe. Great quality of teaching at the Cardiff University is complemented by a rich student life so your studies here will be an unforgettable period of your life.

What do you plan to do next?

Hopefully, to find an internship in a UK-based magazine. Otherwise I will be a freelance journalist, possibly still in the UK.

Finally, describe your Cardiff experience in one sentence!

The best year of my life - and I'm 29!


Nan Hu

Nan Hu

- International Journalism 11/12

What was the best thing about your course?

There is more than one. It's a very good combination of practical skills and academic knowledge. And the great coursemates and lecturers.

Why did you choose to study at Cardiff University?

The university itself and the facilities and staff - for journalism it's very well equipped with very experienced staff.

Describe the Cardiff social life?

For me - cycling, badminton, meeting new friends, exploring non-central areas in Cardiff.

Why would you recommend Cardiff to potential students?

The university itself and the facilities and staff, plus the beautiful scenery.

Finally, describe your Cardiff experience in one sentence!

Very thought-provoking, challenging and enjoyable process accompanied by a very beautiful landscape and lovely people.


Elfi Middelbeek

Elfi Middelbeek

- International Journalism 09/10

What was the best thing about your course?

I really liked the international aspect of the course. You can be doing an assignment with people from China, India and America one day and find yourself having lunch with people from Poland and Norway the next. I also
really like hands on approach, you're not just learning about journalism, but you're actually out there doing it.

Why did you choose to study at Cardiff University?

I chose Cardiff because of its international credentials and because it was between City and Cardiff and Cardiff seemed like a much nicer place to live.

Describe the Cardiff social life?

If you love rugby then you're in the right place. Cardiff social life can be a bit overwhelming, but as long as you stay far away from St. Mary Street on a Saturday night, you will find plenty of nice bars and clubs.

Why would you recommend Cardiff to potential students?

Because Cardiff offers everything you need in a city but at the same time has that village feel. The university has lot's to offer and the friendly Welshies will conquer your heart.

Finally, describe your Cardiff experience in one sentence!

An amazing time making friends from all over the world in a capital city dipped in Welshness.


Jessica Winch

Jessica Winch

- International Journalism 09/10

What was the best thing about your course?

The best thing about the course was the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and engage with global issues. It really widens your perspective - and I now have contacts in over 20 countries!

Why did you choose to study at Cardiff University?

I chose to study at Cardiff University because of the reputation of its
journalism school. JOMEC is known across the newspaper industry and I'm pleased to have had the chance to study here.

Describe the Cardiff social life?

Always a laugh - although be prepared for some debauched behaviour in Cardiff central on a Saturday night.

Why would you recommend Cardiff to potential students?

It's a beautiful, clean city with a really fun vibe, great shopping and a rugby stadium in the city centre.

Finally, describe your Cardiff experience in one sentence!

A year that exceeded my expectations.


Will James

- International Journalism 08/09

What was the best thing about your course?

The mix between academic study and practical journalism experience.

Why did you choose to study at Cardiff University?

I wanted to learn how to be a journalist, and I felt the mix of skills offered on the course was just right.

Describe the Cardiff social life?

There are plenty of things other than pubs and bars to keep you interested.

Why would you recommend Cardiff to potential students?

It's small enough to feel safe and familiar, yet big enough to attract good music acts and sporting events.

Finally, describe your Cardiff experience in one sentence!

Hard work and lots of study, but the rewards are great; nothing beats a cold beer at the end of a long production day.


Gregory Akall

- International Journalism 08/09

What was the best thing about your course?

It moulded me to become a competent and confident global journalist able to work, live and integrate in any institution around the world. It sharpened my analytical and critical thinking skills to challenge and engage in debates on a variety of global issues, from political, social to economic, facing different societies around the world. My course was a full package of journalism, providing skills in various media genres: online, print, photography and video.

Why did you choose to study at Cardiff University?

Because of its long-standing history and world-leading repute. Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies was my top choice and dream journalism school in the UK. My course had a global outlook, with multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary ingredients, particularly the optional modules were relevant and tailored to suit the changing global job market demands expecting well-grounded graduates with more skills. Cardiff's alumni are world-leaders in their respective careers and societies which also inspired me to join the growing list of champions.

Describe the Cardiff social life?

It's a true student city. Cardiff is small, cheap and fantastic to experience student life in the UK. Everything is within a walking distance, entertainment and nightlife is awesome. It cosmopolitan and rich in diversity with students from around the world making it a global village to learn, share, experience and appreciate people from diverse cultures. And a variety of social activities and events organised by societies allows you to meet and make friends.

Why would you recommend Cardiff to potential students?

It is academically rigorous and much richer. The diversity of backgrounds, of career paths, of educational histories is phenomenal. Cardiff has brilliant people, particularly lecturers who shape your understanding of issues to raise the bar in global journalism excellence. I want to encourage others to make the most of every opportunity they get while studying in Cardiff University.

Finally, describe your Cardiff experience in one sentence!

My experience in Cardiff has been memorable and rewarding.