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France - Kanto Fiaferana

Course:Kanto

BA Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods

How did you find out about Warwick?

When I was looking for a degree in Politics in the UK, I was going through Unistats to compare degrees, and I saw this one degree from Warwick, with a very interesting name, that no other university was offering at the time. This is how I first heard about Warwick.

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

I applied to UCL, LSE, Durham, Exeter and Warwick in the UK; the Université de Cergy-Pontoise in France for a Bachelor in Anglo-american Law; the Université de Genève in Switzerland for a Bachelor in International Relations.

My friends all stayed in France or Switzerland.

Again, because of the unique degree I went for Warwick, but I also chose the UK because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, I wanted to not be in close proximity to my parents, I wanted some independence. I also passed the CAE and I didn't want it to go to waste!

Did you contact the University prior to application?

I did not contact the University, they contacted me by phone to give me details about the University and to answer any questions I might have.

How did you find the application process?

After I spent the summer looking at degrees, I applied by myself via UCAS, with the help of family members to spell-check. I had a lot of troubles getting a teacher to write me a reference letter, as I was not in the English section of my lycée. I asked my history teacher from Première to write it for me, very close to the January deadline. I then applied a few hours before the deadline.

How was your arrival?

When I started, there wasn't a Welcome Week/Week 0 for all students, but rather a Welcome Week for EU and International Students. Unfortunately, I only heard about it after I bought my plane tickets to get there, so I did not do the Welcome Week. However I don't think it hurt my arrival, everyone was pleasant, indications were given clearly by all the helpers, and it gave me the impression that Warwick was well organised. Plus, the piazza and the SU were buzzing with people, with lots of freebies being given, so I was happy.

What is the best thing about studying at Warwick?

All the opportunities for extracurricular activities.

Have you joined any clubs or societies?

Warwick Student Cinema (the best society to watch current movies for an affordable price), Sexpression, Warwick Congress, as a member.

What makes you happiest about being a student at Warwick?

Making a lot of friends and randomly seeing them around campus.

Have you managed to travel at all during your studies?

Yep, I travelled in France, Switzerland and the UK by default, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

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

Remember to give your books back to to the library on time!

What are you hoping to do when you graduate?

I am going into postgraduate studies (Master) back in France. I then hope to become a data analyst, before retraining in another field.