Year graduated: 2012
I liked it a lot. I learned a lot of new things. The lecturers were approachable. They were willing to explain things I didn't understand.
They were knowledgeable and I always received email responses from them within 24 hours. I found the course relevant to life in general.
I made friends in the group from all sorts of nationalities. I helped many students whose first language is not English.
What attracted me in particular to Newcastle was that the programme fitted with what I wanted to do. I wanted to work in international education.
Being from southern California, I wanted to study somewhere completely different. In Newcastle I definitely had that.
I found the Language Resource Centre helpful. I used their Tandem Learning project to meet partners for Spanish and Italian. It's a great way of making friends and improving my languages.
The Robinson Library is also great. I go all the time. The private study rooms are nice and they have most of the materials I need. If they don't, you can order them in.
I lived in Leazes Terrace. I loved it. I felt safe and the staff were accommodating. I had my own room with an en-suite bathroom and there was a large shared kitchen next door.
The kitchen was a sociable space and I met with friends there every Wednesday to cook a 'family dinner'. The location was incredible and definitely worth paying a little extra for.
I've never lived in a city where you can walk everywhere as I am used to driving everywhere back home. The people here are friendly.
There is great nightlife with some nice pubs and some great shopping facilities too.
Advice for international students
I am glad I chose Newcastle. For me, it was the programme that made it. If students were thinking of coming to study here, I advise them to be flexible and have an open mind.
Don't compare things to back home and take advantage of every opportunity you have. I've met so many amazing people here.