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Our students from Jordan

Students and graduates from your country share their experiences of living and studying with us.


Student name: Nour Alnaaji
Course title: BSc Business Management
Country: Jordan
Year of Graduation: 2016

Nour comes from Jordan and is in her final year of her Business Management degree. After graduating, she hopes to carry on with a postgraduate degree. Nour completed an internship, which she hopes will continue into a graduate scheme after she finishes her postgraduate degree.

Why did you choose Cardiff University?

Cardiff University has a strong reputation as a member of the Russell group. When doing my research for universities to apply for, Cardiff captured my attention as a city that has so much to offer. The student population is high, and there is something for everyone. I chose Cardiff because of its diversity.

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

"The University is great academically, being placed very high in the university rankings, and the city has a lot to offer."

Nour Alnaaji

I am studying Business Management. The course differs from classes back at home as it offers a vast amount of career opportunities. It holds talks by entrepreneurs, career information sessions and even career fairs.

The course also offers a scheme called 'Business management with integrated work scheme'. This gives people the opportunity to go on placement during the second semester of their second year. Besides the great career support, the course also ensures application of theory, through independent or group coursework, or sometimes even through promoting related opportunities locally.

What you have enjoyed most about studying at Cardiff University?

I have definitely enjoyed my studies, however, I have enjoyed the extracurricular activities the most! Cardiff University offers a variety of societies and clubs, and even career-related extracurricular activities, which are a great way of making friends and learning new skills.

What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?

The best thing about living in Cardiff is the friendliness of the city. Cardiff also has a very high student population and great sights such as the Cardiff Castle, St Fagans or Pen-y-Fan.

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

I am a member of the Tennis Club and Photography Society. During my first year at university, I was also part of the Model United Nations Society. Being part of a society is great because you can meet people with similar interests and can establish great friendships!

It is also interesting as some societies organise various events throughout the year, visiting areas of Cardiff or enjoying restaurants and pubs in the city centre! It creates a great balance between your academic work and social activities!

How has the University supported you during your time here?

The University’s support has been great even before arriving Cardiff! The University has trained teams in specific areas where students may need help such as financial issues, student advice, career centres etc.

The University has supported me with advice when I have needed it and the friendly staff have made any issue I’ve had very easy to overcome! The University has been great at supporting me to develop my career skills, through offering a range of employability events and even work experience!

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

My advice would be to come to Cardiff as it has got so much to offer! The University is great academically, being placed very high in the university rankings, and the city has a lot to offer. I also advise students not to stress about coming to Cardiff, as the staff and students here are happy to help with any issues.

What are your plans for the future?

My plans at the moment are to carry on with a postgraduate degree, as I think it would be valuable for career opportunities. I will be completing an internship in the summer, which I am hoping will continue into a graduate scheme after I finish my post graduate degree. Currently, I am very career focused, ensuring I make the most out of each opportunity the University gives me.