Iranian student talks about his MBBS studies

It was the attractive course structure and the welcoming community that made Amirreza choose UCLan.

Although MBBS is a challenging course with a high volume of content, there is great support from the staff and a good amount of patient contact. Something that UCLan offers to medical students that some other universities don’t is placements in Year 1 and Year 2.

You will find that British education overall promotes student-led and independent learning more. I have been very impressed with how holistically the course is designed. I have multiple modules that train me from different perspectives. Something that stood out to me were the Anatomy Labs.

The Wellbeing, Careers and Student’s Union services were all supportive and professional, and the private accommodation that I stay in is comfortable and close to campus. 

Amirreza Nanaei, MBBS student
Amirreza Nanaei, MBBS student

My advice to you if you are considering UCLan is to bring warm clothing! Also, use the University services and facilities as much as possible – take advantage of the events that are available throughout the year. And most of all, have fun!

My first impressions of Preston were that it is small and quiet. Everything is within a 10- to-15-minute walking distance and despite the city being smaller than others it has everything that you need, especially around Friargate and the city centre. As someone who has lived in London, I can say that Preston is definitely a safe place to live. During my spare time I like to walk around town, use the gym or go swimming, and even go hiking.

If you are looking to explore some more of the UK during your time here, I recommend going to the Lake District for hiking and nature. Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, which are bigger cities and good for nightlife and exploring, are worth visiting as well. Edinburgh and Lancaster, meanwhile, are particularly good for sightseeing and their cultural and historical heritage.

Information for students from Iran