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Russia - Aleksandr Khmelevskoi

Course:Aleksandr

MBA

How did you find out about Warwick?

When I worked in the educational charity foundation, providing scholarships to talented students, I got familiar with the world's best universities. I found out that Warwick Business School is very strong in business and finance, my target specialisation.

What are the main reasons you chose Warwick?

I considered Spain-based business schools, but I chose Warwick because of its excellent reputation in Europe and its location in the UK. It is based close to London, which allows tapping on numerous job opportunities in the European financial capital.

When you found out about Warwick, did you contact the University to find out more?

I did not contact the University before starting the application process. Instead, I contacted some alumni who helped me to get familiar with the programme.

Did you receive any help with your application form? Did you experience any difficulties?

I did not, but I applied through the WBS website, which is very user-friendly. The application process is straightforward, so I did not experience any difficulties.

What were your first impressions of Warwick? Was the arrival and orientation okay?

The arrival and orientation were excellent, thanks to very helpful programme staff. I was pretty impressed by the campus and the quality of the facilities. Besides, I was excited by my classmates, their broad professional and personal experience.

What is the best thing about the university?

The best thing is the campus experience. I found it very convenient to have everything required for study clustered at one location. At the same time, it is just a pretty and peaceful place to reside in.

What is the worst thing about Warwick?

I did not find any significant drawbacks about Warwick. Some students may consider a disadvantage the location of the campus outside London. But for me, this disadvantage turned out into advantage since it helps to avoid distractions of a big city and keep the focus on studies.

What is the accommodation like?

I live off-campus, in Coventry. My accommodation is a good value for money, located in a walking distance to the train station and the city centre.

Are you a member of any societies?

I have not joined any society yet, but am thinking about joining the German-Speaking Society to have an opportunity to practice German.

Have you travelled in the UK/Europe?

Before joining Warwick, I travelled a lot in the UK and even lived in London for several months. This experience also contributed to my decision to choose the UK-based programme.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I hope to find my dream job in London or other large financial centres.

What one thing makes you happy about Warwick?

While studying in Warwick, I was lucky to find new friends, outstanding personalities, from different parts of the world, with different lifepaths and professional background. I am happy to think that we can stay in touch with them after graduation.

If you were giving advice to a student considering study at Warwick, what advice would you give them?

The university provides a multitude of options for development, with many societies, clubs, workshops and extra-curriculum activities. But, with a busy study schedule, it is simple to miss a lot. Not to regret the missed opportunities, explore your desired options before coming on campus and stay focussed.