How did you find out about Warwick?
I am very fortunate that the university at which I completed my undergraduate degree - Monash University in Australia - has an ongoing alliance with Warwick.
It was a bit of creative Googling that directed me to discovering the double degree offered by the two universities, and I fell in love with the course structure. I had always wanted to study overseas and the more I looked in to Warwick's reputation as a leading international research university, the more impressed and excited I was to have the opportunity to complete my degree here.
Did you consider applying anywhere else?
The Monash-Warwick double degree was the first Masters that I seriously looked in to. I really wanted the opportunity to study internationally at a reputable
university doing a degree that I am interested in, so I was very lucky to find something so easily. Most of my family studied at universities in Australia, however my older brother did complete a year of his law degree at the University of Manchester.
Did you contact the University prior to application?
Initially I was able to speak to people at Monash to find out more about the double degree, which made the process easier.
How did you find the application process?
I applied as a domestic Australian student into the Monash-Warwick double degree and received a conditional offer at Warwick. Upon completing a year of
my masters in Australia I then had to apply online and submit my grades to confirm my position at Warwick. Although it was a time consuming process it was not complicated and the admin staff at Warwick were incredibly helpful. Aside from the information already available on the Warwick website and the UK immigration website, I did not require any further assistance with the visa application process. It was fairly straightforward coming from Australia.
Have you received any funding?
I was fortunate enough to receive the PAIS Double Degree Scholarship, which made a significant difference. Without the scholarship it would have been very
difficult to complete the degree, so I am really grateful to the PAIS faculty and the university. I paid the remainder of the fees from my own savings.
How was your arrival? What were your first impressions of campus?
I found Warwick to be fantastic during the orientation period. I particularly enjoyed the orientation week preceding the first week of semester as it gave me an opportunity to learn about clubs and societies and to acquaint myself with the campus.
What is the best thing about studying at Warwick?
I have been extremely impressed with the quality of teaching throughout the taught component of my masters. Most of my tutors have been quite explicit about what they expect in essays and assignments which makes the process less daunting and means that I can feel more confident about my submitted work.
How is your accommodation?
I am living off-campus in a share-house in Earlsdon. It is perfectly acceptable and I am happy with my accommodation.
Have you joined any clubs or societies?
I am a member of the Warwick Ice Skating society and take weekly lessons with the club. It is a new skill that I have picked up since coming to the UK and I adore
Have you managed to travel at all during your studies?
I visit Birmingham fairly often as it is not very far away, and have spent a weekend down in Bournemouth which was beautiful. I have only been back to
London once since starting at Warwick and I have not yet had the opportunity to travel more of the UK. Over the winter break I travelled around Germany, Belgium and Spain and had the opportunity to visit family.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
After graduation I will be returning to Australia to finish my medical studies. After that I will be looking at combining my valuable skills in politics and international studies to pursue a career in global health.
What one thing makes you happy about being a student at Warwick?
Rolf the Campus Cat! I am a huge cat-lover and I miss my cat who lives back home in Australia. I love following the antics of Rolf on his various social media platforms and often go out of my way to visit his haunts in the hope of having another encounter with Warwick's feline celebrity!
What advice would you give to someone considering studying at Warwick?
Get organised with your readings!