Richard is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Development Economics and International Co-operation at University of Rome Tor Vergata. He found the programme and enrolled via StudyPortals. We asked Richard about his experience of searching and applying to a university abroad.
I am Ayo Richard Olutola, Nigerian by birth and nationality. Also, I am 22 years old.I am currently a Master’s student at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata. Rome. Italy. It is an M.A in Development Economics and International Cooperation, The programme is for about 15 months and comprises of one academic year for studies and three months for internship opportunities for students to apply for an international organization. The major reasons why I wanted to study abroad were to have the opportunity to broaden my horizons, to learn from international experts and also have an international experience if I get an internship or job opportunity.
The priorities considered before my search for a university were majorly a chance for employment after the studies, the university services and then cost and upkeep fee. I didn’t know that I was going to study at Italy at first. My first choice was to study in the UK, but I had a change of heart because I wanted something different because everyone I know always go the United Kingdom for further studies then, I moved my search to Italy, Germany etc.
I chose Rome, Italy because it was totally different from what I wanted at first. Culture wise, language, structural wise also. And besides, it is Rome!!! I found my study programme on StudyPortals; the website helped with my search and filtering schools based on all the criteria I considered for school selection. I didn’t take an IELTS test because I am from an English speaking country and have always been taught in English throughout my life.
My advice to Nigerians that want to study abroad is that it’s a new experience and also gives one the opportunity to meet people from other nations to learn and exchange knowledge. I was lucky and blessed to have my parents. So, they financed my accommodation, tuition and upkeep. I don’t know if I can give any financial advice other than it would be better to apply for scholarships for people who mainly do not have the means to sponsor.
I would rate my experience 6/10.