Dung Ngoc Nguyen
MA Educational Management (graduated 2011)
It has been my dream since I was a child to study in the UK. I wanted to know more about the country, the educational system, the culture, the people and the language.
I heard about University of Bolton (UoB) through Vietduong International Education Development Company in Vietnam, where I was working. I chose UoB for a few reasons. Bolton is well known for being peaceful, safe and friendly. Moreover, the living cost is quite reasonable. The most important reason was that the University of Bolton offered me a course which was not available at any other universities.
The facilities here are very good. UoB provides Room 365 for students to access computers 24 hours a day / 7 days a week / 365 days a year. Besides this, the library, with thousands of books in all fields students are interested in, is very helpful in providing academic information supporting the teaching, learning and research needs of the student community. The library staff are always on hand with a smile and a professional manner if there are any queries.
The support services are very helpful. If I have needed anything I ask for help from the Student Advisors and Student Union. They listen to me attentively and try to solve the problems as soon as possible. And it works.
I am really enjoying my course. The timetable is good, the class sizes are small and I can communicate with my tutors any time by email or in person during office time. My tutors are very professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly.
I currently live in a privately rented house but before I used to live in Halls of Residence. Each type has advantages and disadvantages. If you love sharing the kitchen and bathroom and having no bills, I suggest that the University Halls of Residence are ideal for you. However, if you prefer only 2 or 3 people living in one house and you can choose the ones you'd love to live with, private houses are an option. Sometimes private houses are cheaper but keep in mind, you must do everything such as cleaning, rubbish clearing, contacting gas, electricity, water and internet supplier by yourself.
In my spare time I have joined the gym at the University. It only costs only £25 a year, so it is really good value for money compared with private gyms. I would also suggest that newcomers should join the International Society which provides free coffee evenings, trips across the UK and cultural exchange parties. One of the highlights of my time at UoB has been working as a Student Ambassador.
Around Bolton, the parks are my favourite place for relaxing, getting fresh air with friends, enjoying quite moments, watching birds and sometimes enjoying horse race. There are also hundreds of take away shops and restaurants in Bolton serving Asian foods, so I don't miss my traditional cuisine at home too much.
I would say to students thinking about studying here, if you love a friendly, helpful, equipped and professional teaching and learning environment then come to the University of Bolton.
Find out more about living and studying in Bolton from two of our current Vietnamese students, Bui Thi Thu Huyen and Nguyen Ngoc Dung. Vietnamese language version is available on our university YouTube channel.