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Student Profile: Jonas Kienberger

...the best thing about Warwick is the fact that there is always something to do around campus. The sports facilities are also amazing.

Discover Jonas' journey at Warwick and what led them to apply for the BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

How did you find out about Warwick?

I found out about Warwick though word of mouth, mostly.

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

The possibility of getting a scholarship was certainly one of the most important factors in my decision to choose Warwick.

How did you feel to be awarded a scholarship?

It was a great feeling, a feeling of relief. Realizing that I would move to another country in less than a month to study at one of the best universities in the UK was overwhelming.

The scholarship has enabled me to start this chapter with a great deal of confidence. Getting it was not only a great success for me but also a sign of trust on the part of the university, which also meant a lot to me.

Who was the first person you told when you received the news about your scholarship and how did they react?

I told my parents first. They were very proud and happy for me, but also themselves. After all, it saves them a lot of money.

How did you apply and did anyone help you with your application form and visa application?

I applied for the scholarship all on my own. Unfortunately, I had some problems with my visa process. In my opinion, the process was unnecessarily complicated. Nonetheless, I managed to arrive in the UK before Welcome Week.

What was your first impression of Warwick when you first walked around campus?

I remember thinking that the campus is much bigger and much more beautiful than I expected.

What is the best thing about Warwick?

The English weather & food. Jokes aside, I'd say the best thing about Warwick is the fact that there is always something to do around campus. The sports facilities are also amazing.

What is the worst thing?

The walk to Tesco and back. Also, the selection of beer in the bars on campus. Especially when the only option is Carling...

How is your accommodation?

I stay at Cryfield Standard. It is relatively cheap, close to central campus and my flatmates are amazing. On the other side, my room is very small and the walls are extremely thin.

Are you a member of any societies?

I am a member of the men's football team. They organize amazing socials every week. This has been one of the best parts of my university experience so far.

What are your plans when you graduate?

I don't know, and that's a good thing. I don't want to commit to too many things in my life.

What would you say to someone considering applying for an Undergraduate Global Excellence scholarship at Warwick, what would it be?

Write about the things that interest you and the experiences you have had. Explain how these things have influenced you and your ambitions. Link this to your course choice and what you hope to get out of studying at Warwick.

Of course, it is important to write about the things you're the best at, especially when you are competing with other students for a scholarship. Nevertheless, it's important not to exaggerate, because authenticity is sometimes the most impressive quality.

Jonas' course:

BA/BSc Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Warwick is a very successful and well-established degree programme. Philosophy, Politics, and Economics may be studied separately but, when you study PPE at Warwick, you do not study them independently. All students have formal and informal opportunities to combine insights from the different disciplines. In contrast to the traditional study of PPE, based on a "pillar" model with three independent elements, Warwick follows a "bridge" model that seeks to cross the gaps between them. PPE scholars are encouraged to look at current key issues from each of these disciplines, but also to understand how they all interact.

Find out more about the BA/BSc Philosophy, Politics and Economics course at Warwick