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Student Profile: Laurent Ahishakiye

Course:LA

MA TESOL

How did you find out about Warwick?

Through Hornby Trust scholarship: When I was applying for this scholarship, They directed me to this University website to apply for admission.

Did you consider applying anywhere else? What made you choose Warwick?

I had applied to Aberdeen University and I was planning to submit my application to Manchester University. One of my colleagues attended the latter and he is now doing his PhD. When I visited the website of the University and did some other research, I noticed that the University of Warwick ranks among the top UK universities. I felt very encouraged to proceed with my application.

Did you contact the University or the department prior to application?

Yes. I wrote to Applied linguistics Department and Izzy responded to my queries immediately.

How did you find the application process?

I actually did not have any difficulties because I was in contact with the department of the Applied Linguistics. Besides, the Country Director of British Council in Rwanda gave me all the necessary assistance until I got my visa.

Are you currently receiving any funding?

The Hornby Trust Scholarship.

How was your arrival? What were your first impressions of the University?

The British Council took care of my arrival fees which helped me a lot. The orientation was wonderful. The department provided all the necessary information, colleagues who had attended the Student Union meetings gave more information and I felt at home so quickly. My first impressions were that my new home was going to be alright. The staff, especially teaching staff were very friendly. I was surprised to hear Professors and Doctors encouraging us to call them by their first name. It initially made me very uncomfortable but I quickly got used to it.

What is the best thing about studying at Warwick?

The people are very friendly: Staff, students, all respect each other. I liked the technological equipment that facilitate the teaching and learning process. It is a good place for international students.

What is the worst thing?

It is far away from my wife and two daughters.

How have you found your accommodation?

I live in an off campus accommodation. It was my first time to live in a shared flat, and with people I had met for the first time. I wondered how it was going to be.

Have you joined any clubs/societies?

With Catholic Christians, we visited Newman's home and the Oxford University in a pilgrimage organised by the Parish.

*Find more information about the faith societies based in the Chaplaincy here.

What makes you the happiest about being a student at Warwick?

Students are treated with respect everywhere.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I will go back home, back to my teaching job to apply what I will have learnt.

What advice would you give to someone considering studying at Warwick?

He /she should be ready to work hard and always ask for support. There are people who are ready to help every time and everywhere.