Meet Daniel, who studied the International Foundation in Humanities and Social Sciences at INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester. He is now studying BSc International Business, Finance and Economics at The University of Manchester.
What was appealing to you about The University of Manchester and your course?
I heard about The University of Manchester whilst I was finishing my high school studies. It is a well-known university and the Ecuadorian government consider it as one of the world’s top 50 universities.
How did you feel when you found out you had progressed to study at The University of Manchester?
I thought, "Now I am going to belong to the educational elite in the UK". I was really happy and had feelings of relief. I had been offered a scholarship from the Ecuadorian Government which required me to progress to The University of Manchester. So there was no pressure anymore and I felt really good.
Can you describe the University campus and its facilities?
The University of Manchester has really good facilities with many computer clusters available for all students located in diverse areas of the campus. There is a building called the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons [study facility] that is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It recently received an award from The Guardian [UK newspaper] as the best study facility in the UK.
Do you believe that INTO Manchester played a part in your progression to The University of Manchester?
I received help from the INTO Manchester staff in many ways; from psychological approaches and not giving up to advising me how I should write my essays and university application. The preparation and advice that I received from INTO Manchester were fundamental and the main reason why I received an unconditional offer from The University of Manchester. The way I was taught economics at INTO was important because it showed me the real meaning of economics and its direct relationship with business and management.
Did you take advantage of having your very own University Link Tutor?
Yes, I got to know the University Link Tutor very well and I’m still in touch with her now I’ve progressed. She helped me a lot, especially with my university application. She helped me to build my personal statement. I sent her draft of it and she returned it to me with clear advice and sometimes past examples that I should follow.
Do you think you would have progressed to The University of Manchester without studying at INTO Manchester first?
I would not be performing the same way I am currently performing on this university course. I managed to get to know about the British culture while I was at INTO Manchester. I also learned their study and teaching methods which have allowed me to do other activities. I am part of two important student societies; I am the President International Business, Finance and Economics Society and an event organiser for Bright Futures Manchester.
If a future student were to ask you about your INTO Manchester experience, what would you say?
For all the reasons mentioned above I would definitely recommend INTO Manchester and I do! I have recommended this programme to many and I am aware lots of them are coming to INTO Manchester, or hope to. INTO Manchester treats its members as family; this from my personal point of view is really important because it helps us to support each other, get to know new cultures, and break mental barriers that we may have had before.