I figured if I was taking time off to study, then it had better be worth it in every way. I therefore narrowed down on the UK, decided it should be a Russell Group Institution, and that the selected school must be top ten in UK offering my chosen course. Cardiff University and JOMEC were all of these, also had had the lowest tuition fees of all the other universities in UK that offered me a place.
The best things about the course for me were the group projects and assignments. We were a class of 59 people from about 20 different countries! I learnt first-hand the dynamics of working in groups and understanding how culture affects the way people view the world and interpret information; it made the words ‘International’ and ‘Global’ in the course title all the more real.
To be honest, I spent most of my first semester trying to cope with culture shock, temperature change and essay deadlines; so I had more of a triangular (lectures – study areas – my house) balance to life. My social activities picked up during the Christmas break when I realised there was more to enjoy than just academia. I became active in my society, participated in class social outings and a few other activities organised by the students union.
When I was reading about Cardiff before I arrived, it was described as a ‘student friendly’ city; I totally agree. Houses are affordable and you can easily find a variety close to school, saving you the cost of commuting. If you appreciate the beauty of nature and a clean environment, then you will love Cardiff! The network of support before and during the course was absolutely amazing! People were always happy to help even with the most seemingly trivial issue.
…It was worth every pound and minute invested.
When I was researching where to study for an MA, Cardiff came back as one of the best places in the UK to study PR. The feedback from past students
was very positive.
The course really works as a whole, all of the individual elements come together to make one great learning experience. I feel that the PR theory and practical modules have been invaluable.
Learning about both traditional and digital PR has been really interesting. There have also been lots of internship and job opportunities from the lectures.
I feel as though I got value for money, lecturers are available to you and they listen to course feedback regularly, the course is interesting, I feel I am more employable since starting this course, I am certain I will get a good job in PR because of this course and lastly, Cardiff is great university in a great city.
For the next year I plan to intern at a variety of different places to get as much experience as possible to help me decide what area of PR I want to go into. I also plan on travelling and blogging lots.
Best year ever.
Obviously, the cultural diversity of the course is astonishing. Never before
have I even thought that I would be able to meet people from countries all around the world, all in one room. This really makes the “International” in the course name valid and appropriate.
Cardiff University was the only place I applied to study, because it was one of the best places which provided this particular MA course. The university provides a fine balance between studying and social life.
The Cardiff social life is the thing that would pop into my mind if somebody asked me about student life in the UK. The wide range of activities that the University provides, accompanied by the bars, pubs and restaurants around the Welsh capital make Cardiff a most pleasant place for all.
Cardiff is mainly a student city. This is why it is filled mostly with young people, who are eager to learn but also equally eager to party. You will find your own cup of tea in this colourful mix and while doing so, you will be getting one of the finest educations in the UK.
One sentence is not enough to describe anyone's Cardiff experience, so you have to see for yourself.
In the second semester, we had the chance to practice our academic knowledge learned in the first semester.
Cardiff University is a school with a long history, and the International Public Relations course is one of the best courses in the university, as well as in the UK.
Classmates are from various countries. Nights in Cardiff are really interesting.
It is a good place to study and live.
I have amazing experiences from living and learning in this city, and this university.
The faculty, including the admin staff, the students, and the close relationship the students shared with the entire staff throughout the course.
The course was the only leading 'international' public relations course in all of Europe and it is taught by a great faculty with industry experience, plus
having done my undergraduate BA in Cardiff, I was already aware of the brilliance of the university and the level of interest the faculty has in students doing well. The city is also a great mix of urban and rural, with plenty to do in our spare time.
Cardiff is the excellent balance of urban and rural experience that one can hope for. There are more than enough parks and scenery to enjoy a lazy summer day in and a great variety of museums, shops, malls and cinemas to indulge in. Cardiff also enjoys a great live performance scene. Couple that with an excellent nightlife catering all tastes, Cardiff provides an excellent social life, with something for everyone.
The University hones the skills of the students and provides excellent opportunities for students to enter the real world. Plus the city is full of life and caters to all the needs for students, be it enjoying a sunny day in Bute park, a stroll around the galleries or a night out in town.
Brilliant. Dynamic. Exceeded my expectations in all respects.
I loved the practical elements, such as the skills needed for jobs after the course. I felt that was most beneficial to me.
I chose Cardiff University because the city is a nice relaxed city with a lot to offer! The student life here is great and there aren't many cities in the UK that thrive with student culture. In addition, I chose Cardiff because the university has a great appeal to it, it was the best for my course and a recognised university in the UK and Internationally.
Cardiff social life is vibrant. The union has great facilities and endlessly great artists and club nights happening in the union. Outside the union in the city centre the social life thrives for cultures, history and arts. The museum is great along with the castle to explore. The city is small but oozes with a lot to do that’s why I love it!
I always boast about the city, Cardiff is a hidden city many don't really expect Cardiff to be as nice as it is. Cardiff University has a lot of facilities and help for students. The beautiful buildings allow students to feel privileged to be part of such a great university and city.
Everything you could ever want and more! it's vibrant, cultural, historical, pleasant, modern and FUN!