Diego was part of a foreign exchange programme between our university and Universidad Santo Tomás in Chile.

Why University of Cumbria?

My university here in Chile (UST) has an agreement with the University of Cumbria, so I applied for a scholarship, provided by the Chilean government. Fortunately, I was one of 36 students selected and able to travel abroad to improve my English skills. Since I started my career in Chile, I always wanted to go to the UK, and the University of Cumbria was the best option.

From the outset, teachers, assessors and staff at the Lancaster campus were aware of me, particularly through VISA applications and organising accommodation. That awareness continued during the semester I spent there. I never felt alone - despite the fact I was so far from home.

 

Why did you choose your particular course?

I was studying to become an English as a foreign language teacher, so TESOL and ICT were my obvious choices and they helped me immeasurably. Now I’m doing research at my university in Chile on ICT and EFL.

 

What did you like best about your course?

Teachers were definitely the best part, they were always there to answer your questions and deal with any doubts. Even if they were not on campus, they walked with me during the whole course.

Studying at University of Cumbria gave me the chance to have a wider view of the world and society. It made me a mature person, aware of other cultures, which is great in the teaching job I have here in Chile.

Your favourite university experience?

Sharing things with students from all over the world and living with English people in the same flat, all learning from each other. The university and UCSU provided great events and opportunities to meet people. It was the best experience in my life.

 

Did it change your life?

Studying at University of Cumbria gave me the chance to have a wider view of the world and society. It made me a mature person, aware of other cultures, which is great in the teaching job I have here in Chile.

 

Did you make any lifelong friendships?

Of course. I’m still in contact with the international students I met, but mostly with my flatmates, Luke, John, Al, Jo and Jenny, some of whom graduated in 2013. We talk via Skype and Facebook and I am looking forward to going back to Lancaster to visit them.

 

Did you achieve your career ambitions?

When I started studying I wanted to become an English teacher. I’m now working in one of the best schools in my town, but the most important thing is that I have achieved my goal, to provide and give knowledge to children in my country.

 

Current career ambitions, now and in the future?

I want to go back to the UK and study a master’s degree or PhD. If University of Cumbria offers something useful for my career, without any doubt, I will apply to it, because I already know the quality of the educational services.

 

What are you most proud of?

My academic achievements so far and that my family is proud of me.