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Sambit Pal

Sambit is a Chevening Scholar studying at our School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. He worked for various television news channels in India but decided to take a break and return to academia.

Course: MA in International Journalism
Year of Graduation: 2016

Why did you choose to study with us?

Cardiff University is one of the top ranking institutions for journalism in the world. I have many friends and former colleagues who had studied in Cardiff University and recommended that I should apply there.

Tell us about your course. How is it different to classes back home?

The course that I am pursuing is perfect for someone who would like to gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. After working for so many years, I wanted to sharpen my skills as a journalist. I also wanted to understand how journalism is being looked at from the academic point of view. The teachers encourage us to think critically and analyse politics, media or entertainment. You are expected to do your own research, reading, interview people and produce the assignments.

What you have enjoyed most about studying with us?

I can access any book or reading material in the library or online using the University portal. The teachers are there to guide you and discuss any issue. All the teaching and non-teaching staff are helpful, I always feel comfortable. There are also a number of places for self-study, in libraries, in the Student Union, in the Graduate Centre and in every school.

What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?

You will meet such wonderful people in Cardiff. There are many beautiful places to be explored in and around Cardiff. I am busy exploring new places almost every weekend. I also love cycling in this cycle-friendly city.

Are you a member of any clubs and/or societies? What’s it like to be part of a society?

The University caters to almost all kinds of interests. I have joined Model United Nations Society where we run proceedings following the rules and regulations of the United Nations. I am also part of Yuva, the Indian students’ society.

I am an elected representative of the Student Senate which is the policy making body of the Cardiff University Students’ Union. These societies are a great platform for befriending new people, fellowship,leadership and exchanging new ideas.

How has the University supported you during your time here?

The University has supported me since the time of my arrival. I didn’t have to worry about travelling to Cardiff from Heathrow airport as the University provided the transport and the volunteers helped at every step until I reached my University residence. The University provide every service including personal development, skill development, learning a new language and getting part time jobs. The Personal Tutor system has been really useful to help with personal or academic issues.

What would be your advice for prospective students thinking about coming to Cardiff?

If you are thinking of choosing Cardiff, don’t think twice. This will be the most wonderful experience of your life and widen your horizon. Your learning process will be supported by some of the best academics and huge resources. The non-teaching staff are so helpful that you will never feel that you are away from home. The city is small but beautiful with all the facilities you need to enjoy your stay here. Most importantly Cardiff is a global city. Here you will have the opportunity to live and study with students coming from hundreds of different countries.

What are your plans for the future?

After completion of the course, I want to return to my country and set up my own community journalism project using the digital journalism skills I am acquiring here. I would also like to continue writing and reporting from India.