Student Testimonials

Find out how our International Students adjusted to life in Preston and their experiences here at the University of Central Lancashire.

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Machi Taifour

Machi joined UCLan in 2016 at our campus in her native Cyprus to study Law.

Machi joined UCLan in 2016 at our campus in her native Cyprus to study Law.

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Manoochehr Teimoorifar

Iranian Interior Design student Manoochehr originally joined UCLan for a foundation year that he believes equipped him with the required skillset before progressing to study a bachelor’s degree. 

Iranian Interior Design student Manoochehr originally joined UCLan for a foundation year that he believes equipped him with the required skillset before progressing to study a bachelor’s degree. 

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News and events

Read more about the international news and events happening at the University of Central Lancashire.

Read more about the international news and events happening at the University of Central Lancashire.

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Sylvia Sampong

My Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Journey at UCLan.

My Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Journey at UCLan.

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Tanishka Jain

Tanishka joined UCLan in September 2018 on the British Council GREAT Scholarship and left her native Rajasthan, India to study Business Management here in Preston.

Tanishka joined UCLan in September 2018 on the British Council GREAT Scholarship and left her native Rajasthan, India to study Business Management here in Preston.

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Salim Al Habsi

Originally from Oman, Salim has immersed himself into life in Preston so much that he and his family are considering keeping a property here for summer visits once his studies have concluded.

Originally from Oman, Salim has immersed himself into life in Preston so much that he and his family are considering keeping a property here for summer visits once his studies have concluded.

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Nyanar Jasmine Deng

Travelling from her native Kenya to the UK for the first time in September 2016, Jasmine was embarking on a journey to UCLan to study Economics.

Travelling from her native Kenya to the UK for the first time in September 2016, Jasmine was embarking on a journey to UCLan to study Economics.

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Saima Manzoor

Hailing from Pakistan, Saima began her studies at the University of Central Lancashire in September 2016 originally enrolling on the LLM Law postgraduate course.

Hailing from Pakistan, Saima began her studies at the University of Central Lancashire in September 2016 originally enrolling on the LLM Law postgraduate course.

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Abdullah Aljuraiban

Abdullah enrolled on a Master’s programme at UCLan to study Industrial Pharmaceutics and describes his time in Preston as a beautiful year he will never forget.

Abdullah enrolled on a Master’s programme at UCLan to study Industrial Pharmaceutics and describes his time in Preston as a beautiful year he will never forget.

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Elizabeth Pare

In school, it was my dream to study at masters level. To travel the world and see new places, experience new cultures, was part of this. The only way this dream could become a reality was through a scholarship.

In school, it was my dream to study at masters level. To travel the world and see new places, experience new cultures, was part of this. The only way this dream could become a reality was through a scholarship.

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Abha Gautam

Alongside the size of the campus and its proximity to Preston City Centre, it was the opportunity to complete a Professional Placement as a part of her course that attracted Abha to study at UCLan. 

Alongside the size of the campus and its proximity to Preston City Centre, it was the opportunity to complete a Professional Placement as a part of her course that attracted Abha to study at UCLan. 

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Vincent Ogutu

With Lancashire being the fourth largest aerospace cluster in the world, Aerospace Engineering students like Vincent benefit from a huge amount of practical experience and industry contact. 

With Lancashire being the fourth largest aerospace cluster in the world, Aerospace Engineering students like Vincent benefit from a huge amount of practical experience and industry contact. 

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Paul Cyriac

Paul studied Petroleum Engineering in India before being attracted to UCLan because it was one of the only places in the UK that he could find an MSc Oil and Gas Engineering course with a Professional Placement. 

Paul studied Petroleum Engineering in India before being attracted to UCLan because it was one of the only places in the UK that he could find an MSc Oil and Gas Engineering course with a Professional Placement. 

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Venkata Naga Varalakshmi Gundarapu

The fully-funded scholarship by the British Council has been an unanticipated surprise which has made my dream of studying Computer Science at the UCLan come true.

The fully-funded scholarship by the British Council has been an unanticipated surprise which has made my dream of studying Computer Science at the UCLan come true.

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Sanad Bashir

Before joining UCLan, I studied in Aberdeen. This gave me an advantage as I understand the UK and am comfortable here. Preston is a similar city – everything is an easy distance and convenient.

Before joining UCLan, I studied in Aberdeen. This gave me an advantage as I understand the UK and am comfortable here. Preston is a similar city – everything is an easy distance and convenient.

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Apoorva Dudani

Like most people who have visited the UK before, Apoorva had only experienced London before his arrival in Preston to study Medicine at UCLan.

Like most people who have visited the UK before, Apoorva had only experienced London before his arrival in Preston to study Medicine at UCLan.

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Sylvia Sampong

I read about Preston being peaceful with purple flag status, which is really very important me and my family, to know that I would be studying and living in a safe location.

I read about Preston being peaceful with purple flag status, which is really very important me and my family, to know that I would be studying and living in a safe location.

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Drahoslava Machova

Moving from her native Czech Republic to Preston in order to study History at UCLan, Drahoslava has enjoyed her time here so much that she has decided to stay and study a Masters course too.

Moving from her native Czech Republic to Preston in order to study History at UCLan, Drahoslava has enjoyed her time here so much that she has decided to stay and study a Masters course too.

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Saleem Mohammed Ghazwi

Originally from Jordan, Saleem has maximized his time in the UK by combining studying Law at the University of Central Lancashire with exploring different areas of the country.

Originally from Jordan, Saleem has maximized his time in the UK by combining studying Law at the University of Central Lancashire with exploring different areas of the country.

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IYALLA JUMBO

Family ties attracted Iyalla from Port Harcourt in Nigeria to the University of Central Lancashire, with both his brother and sister studying at UCLan in the past, he says the decision to come to Preston was easy. 

Family ties attracted Iyalla from Port Harcourt in Nigeria to the University of Central Lancashire, with both his brother and sister studying at UCLan in the past, he says the decision to come to Preston was easy. 

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Youssef Kaldas

After initially studying Architecture at home in Egypt, Youssef has flourished since enrolling at UCLan academically, personally and socially. 

After initially studying Architecture at home in Egypt, Youssef has flourished since enrolling at UCLan academically, personally and socially. 

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Giordana Failla

Since enrolling at UCLan in 2015, Giordana Failla has certainly made the most of her time as a student from spending a year abroad in Jordan as part of her course and learning Arabic to finding a new passion for teaching.

Since enrolling at UCLan in 2015, Giordana Failla has certainly made the most of her time as a student from spending a year abroad in Jordan as part of her course and learning Arabic to finding a new passion for teaching.

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Bhakti Patel

Bhakti’s relationship with Preston began in 2011 when she was visiting family. After being impressed with the size of the campus she told herself that UCLan was where she wanted to study one day.

Bhakti’s relationship with Preston began in 2011 when she was visiting family. After being impressed with the size of the campus she told herself that UCLan was where she wanted to study one day.

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Serena Patel

Whilst studying Medicine (MBBS) at UCLan Serena from Boston, Massachusetts has been so impressed with how much the staff care for their students.

Whilst studying Medicine (MBBS) at UCLan Serena from Boston, Massachusetts has been so impressed with how much the staff care for their students.

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Anirudha Singh Bhadoria

Alongside the challenge of studying Medical Sciences, Ani has immersed himself in university life by becoming Course Rep and meeting numerous friends from across the globe.

Alongside the challenge of studying Medical Sciences, Ani has immersed himself in university life by becoming Course Rep and meeting numerous friends from across the globe.

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Brian Aine

Brian believes studying at UCLan will contribute in making him a better person and Doctor, not only because of the education but also the opportunities afforded to him, living in Preston and being away from home. 

Brian believes studying at UCLan will contribute in making him a better person and Doctor, not only because of the education but also the opportunities afforded to him, living in Preston and being away from home. 

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Michelle Yanou

Before coming to UCLan from her native Cameroon, Michelle Yanou didn’t know what to expect and hadn’t heard much about the university or the city of Preston.

Before coming to UCLan from her native Cameroon, Michelle Yanou didn’t know what to expect and hadn’t heard much about the university or the city of Preston.

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Asawari Savant

As someone who complained when the temperature dropped below 10 degrees at home in India, Asawari has grown to love the weather in Preston.

As someone who complained when the temperature dropped below 10 degrees at home in India, Asawari has grown to love the weather in Preston.

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Adhil Nazer

Adhil had never ventured out of India until he arrived in the UK to study at UCLan, but he had heard that Preston was ‘a small city with a big heart’ and he has discovered that it is true.

Adhil had never ventured out of India until he arrived in the UK to study at UCLan, but he had heard that Preston was ‘a small city with a big heart’ and he has discovered that it is true.

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Razan Algharbeh

Born in Jordan but educated in Saudi Arabia, Razan cites the difference in education styles between the Middle East and the UK as “massive” and commends UCLan for helping her to feel more empowered.

Born in Jordan but educated in Saudi Arabia, Razan cites the difference in education styles between the Middle East and the UK as “massive” and commends UCLan for helping her to feel more empowered.