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What made you decide to study at Swansea University?

Two things.

I needed to choose three university options for the Chevening application. I wanted to study Maritime Law in the UK, for English law is the international choice of law for all the businesspersons. When I used the course finder on the application portal, not many options arose. Swansea University was one of those few options.

So, I did my own research and found out that Swansea University was very prestigious in this particular area of study, i.e. maritime and commercial law. Furthermore, I saw Swansea put a lot of value on the diversity of the students. This was the first reason why I chose to apply to Swansea as one of my three options.

Nevertheless, Swansea was actually my second option. I chose another University as my first.

Then it came the time for applying to the Universities. From the first contact, communication with Swansea University was fluent and warm. I can say I felt welcome already. They clarified evert doubt I had with very quick responses.

On the other hand, communication with the other University (which will remain unnamed) was really slow and cold. They really took their time to answer questions that were vital to me.

Thus, that was the second reason that made me chose Swansea. The day of my interview at the UK Embassy, I said the words “Mr. Ambassador, I want Swansea to be my first option”. A decision I do not regret, for this year Swansea University was awarded many Excellency awards and in particular, my course has been top of many rankings.

What did you like about your course? 

I am fully satisfied. I admire my professors and I made friends with my classmates. The teaching is excellent.

What are your three favourite things about Swansea? *

That’s not an easy question to answer since I like so many things, but I will try to summarize:

  1. The networking opportunities. Here you have the chance of being with people from all over the world. In big cities, there is a high probability that you end up hanging around with people from your own country all the time, barely paying attention to your classmates from other cultures. The good thing about Swansea is that everyone is out of their comfort zones (especially if you are from a small country like me) so there is a great chance to bond with your classmates and build a global network of contacts.

  2. The astonishing natural beauty. Wales is a beautiful country. You can enjoy it in Swansea, going for a trip in Gower Peninsula or to the National Parks nearby, like the Brecon Beacons. It is a wonderful place to explore, especially if you are an outdoors fanatic. Plus, Three Cliffs Bay and Rhossili are amazing beaches. And let’s not forget about the castles.

  3. Living in Swansea is comfortable and cheap. The people are warm and friendly. Everything is on a walking distance and travelling is easy. You have a beach, a cool waterfront, amazing parks, great pubs and of course, Dylan Thomas.

Were you a member of any student societies? Did you take advantage of any other opportunities?

I joined the SUMC, Swansea University’s Mountaineering Club. It was a great experience. I took advantage of the outdoors activities and trips they organized. 


What do you have planned in the next 12 months?

I will come back to my country and look for new work opportunities in the commercial and maritime field. I am sure that my degree in Swansea will be of much help.

What do you hope to have achieved in the next five years?

I believe I can be referent of English law in my country, and I am hoping to have taken the first steps to be a referent in my continent (South America)


What advice would you give to anyone considering studying at Swansea?

That they allow themselves to live this wonderful experience. The University is very well prepared to receive people from all cultures. Wales is beautiful and welcoming, with a lot to offer. That they take the adult decision and choose to teach Excellency over mainstream elements completely unrelated to education.

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