My experience of studying Computer Science at Swansea University
I had quite a few requirements and expectations when I was selecting a University for my Degree. I wanted a University that had a mix of both the countryside and the city, a rich culture and a great student life. Aside from this the most important factors for me was the quality of the course and the reputation of the university. I researched all the modules offered, the lecturers, the employment prospects and the quality of teaching. The variety of clubs and societies and extra activities was also a deciding factor in my university selection process. Looking at all of the above, Swansea fitted the bill perfectly so I chose to study there.
I enjoyed so many things about my course, that I don’t even know where to start. However, the highlight was Gregynog. If you were wondering what that is, well it’s a 2 night trip to a big stately home outside Newton. Here we demonstrate the final year project we are working on and play lots of games (including programming challenges). It's a great opportunity to network with lecturers informally and this was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Having said that, the modules were very enjoyable (I looked forward to going for lectures) and the support you are given is also great.
I would advise prospective students to carefully research your course, the modules offered and see if it’s right for you. If it’s a masters research course or similar, it would be best to contact a lecturer and talk about your course. Also, it's important that you enjoy your time here at the University and do other things apart from your course. So look out for the sports clubs, societies and the social life you will have at university before making a decision. It could be quite daunting to think about coming here at first. I was looking forward to it although I didn't know what to expect - living away from family and friends etc. It might also help if you find some friends before you arrive here. You can always visit the facebook page or twitter page and get in touch with other students who will be coming to Swansea.
I loved living and studying in Swansea and I still do visit at least once a year when I have the time. The UK is great, there is so much to do here, you meet so many different people from all backgrounds and it's a great experience altogether. Wales is a beautiful country, lovely beaches, and if you love nature, you will love it here. The Welsh people are extremely friendly and welcoming.
I am now a graduate technologist at LBi, and I primarily work in software development. My time at Swansea has definitely helped me take the next step towards reaching my ambitions.