Roch is a third year BA (Hons) International Business student from Poland. He started his journey through a Foundation year in International Business at UCLan, before going on to study his BA, complete a placement year in Sydney and ultimately, strive to continue postgraduate study in Australia.
He expressed that choosing to study at UCLan was mainly due to the wide variety of options available. The University works with Erasmus and has great International connections and opportunities, which helped with his final decision as he had already decided he wanted to study his placement year at the partner university in Sydney.
Explaining that a very important factor was the support provided, as a mature student with qualifications from Poland he was unsure how to progress with further study in the UK. He was advised by UCLan that there is sufficient support to help (be it, financial or academic based), this is when the option to study at Foundation entry was mentioned and therefore, lay the groundwork for his university journey.
He is now in his final year after completing his placement year in Sydney, he is hoping to relocate to Australia after graduating and progressing into a Project Management Masters, whilst gaining work experience within a Technology discipline, the sector he is most passionate about.
Upon reflection, he stated that his lasting memories of UCLan would be the friends that he has made, the opportunity to engage in trips to Cyprus and Wales and the clubs/societies available; such as ‘Entrepreneurship’. He was one of only 4 students picked for the exchange programme with the partner university in Sydney and therefore, aired this as his proudest moment.
Roch expressed that his advice to potential international students wishing to study at UCLan is:
“Even if you are a mature student and have children, there is always support and options available to you. There is room for flexibility if you have commitments outside of university with timetabling. There is also routes you can take for further study such as entering at a Foundation degree level like I did, the university will more than likely offer foundation courses for almost any degree you wish to study.”