Name: David Silva Bermudez
Course: Aerospace Engineering (BEng)
Year of study: First
Country of domicile: Colombia

Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?
I was primarily looking for a relevant course I could take within 3 years, this took me to the UK. Moreover, I was hooked with the idea of studying next to the beach. Looking at the student satisfaction statistics encouraged me even more to join Swansea. Finally, Swansea’s employability focus and statistics got me more convinced of coming.

Can you tell us about your course?
My course has represented a great deal of intellectual challenge for me. If you are interested and passionate for STEM, mad for aviation and wish to push yourself forward onto personal and intellectual growth, Aerospace Engineering at Swansea is a course you should definitely consider.

What part of the course do you enjoy most?
So far, my favourite thing has been the flight simulator exercise which tends to be part of the Introduction to Aerospace Engineering Module. This module has also been one of my favourites as it has been initially aero-related yet still challenging. I am still looking forward to my flight experience...yes actually having a basic flight lesson taking off from Swansea Airport down the Gower! Mechanical analysis is also something I enjoy during lectures such as Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. Being able to visualize the practicability of what you learn is always exiting.

What are your three favourite things about Swansea?
My three favourite things are the multicultural aspect Swansea can get from its varied international community. Sometimes you feel you’re the only guy or girl of your kind, but there always turns out to be someone a little closer to what you are, which is helpful for international students. I also enjoy the beach and the calm environment you can find when you go around the city streets. Lastly, I also enjoy how Swansea has a balanced mix of nature and city life.

Have you joined any student societies or clubs?
The pandemic has made it hard to get the most out of clubs and societies. I have joined the Aerospace Society as well as the French society. But I have also considered joining the surfing club, the thing is one need to find a balance between what there is for social life here, and studies.

What support or facilities have you found particularly useful as an international student?
Throughout the pandemic, I have really benefitted from the Welfare Warden, the listening service and myunihub as these are teams which are constantly there for students in their most confusing and darkest moments. You just need to be brave to ask.

How did you find the visa application process?
I took the visa application process really calmly, which I believe helped me get through it with ease, as every process we go through usually is when we approach with confidence.

What are your plans for the future?
I came to Swansea aiming to graduate within 3 years, my plan has been to attempt bringing the most I can back to my home country and support the aeronautical and space industry in Colombia. Yet I can’t tell what the future will genuinely be.

Would you recommend Swansea to other international students?
I would recommend Swansea to other international students who believe they need an experience to boost their growth mindset. It is not easy, many times it is painful to be on your own, but as with everything in life, it’s a matter of start doing it! If you want to start living, start in Swansea!

What advice would you give to anyone coming to study at Swansea?
My most general advice would be to remember everything will be okay. I have often been overwhelmed by how much my life has changed, but it takes some time to realise how much good you’re also doing to yourself.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your time at Swansea?
I can’t wait for the pandemic to get easier, but for now, I am still learning and aiming to become a grown, skilful and independent person.


Smiling student from Colombia in the sun in a rural area