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International student Jasper Jaja tells us about his experience

When he was choosing a university for his postgraduate studies, Jaja was looking for an institution with a good reputation for its teaching staff and curriculum.

“This was particularly important to me because of the course I wanted to study. I also considered the affordability of the university and the cost of living in the city within which it is located because I am a self-funded international student. Lastly, I sought to know the racial and cultural diversity of the university and city, the experience of current and past students, and the support available for international students. Out of the four offers I received, I decided to study at the University of Central Lancashire because it ticked all boxes.”

MSc Mental Health Nursing student Jasper Jaja
MSc Mental Health Nursing student Jasper Jaja

"I find the staff at UCLan quite knowledgeable about their subjects and supportive. This was put to the test during the COVID-19 pandemic which impacted teaching and learning, and put many students in vulnerable situations requiring support. The structure and content of my course meet my learning needs and I feel like I am getting good value for the fees I pay."

Jaja reflecting on the support available at UCLan

“Besides being multi-cultural, Preston is also relatively cheap to live in. While it is a small city and cannot be compared to bigger ones in terms of activities and entertainment, it is in close proximity to Manchester and Liverpool where more activities and entertainment can be accessed.

In general, my experience at UCLan and Preston has been good and I would totally recommend both to anyone looking for a good place to study at a more pocket-friendly cost. “