Incha is currently pursuing her PhD degree at University of Wroclaw. She found the programme and enrolled via Studyportals. We asked Incha about her experience of searching and applying to a university abroad.
Tell us a bit about yourself. What is your name? How old are you? Where are you from?
My name is Incha Aliyeva,I am 26 and I am from Azerbaijan. I did my BA and MA degrees in Azerbaijan Literature and Language. Since the beginning, I always wanted to study abroad but due to some obstacles, I couldn’t realise my dream until now.
Where are/were you studying and what programme? What degree and how long is your programme?
I studied at Baku State University and even started my PhD in 2013. However, as I got an acceptance from the University of Wroclaw, I had to take a little pause from my PhD.
Why did you want to study abroad?
Apart from the education, it is very appealing for me to experience new cultures, new environment.
What were your main priorities when choosing your university and your programme (e.g. academics, accommodation, university services & facilities, personal & professional development, city & culture, cost & funding, practicalities, social life)?
For me first of all (probably for most of us), the cost of living and funding, but the quality of education is also important. After careful review, I went after UWr.
Was this your first study choice? What other universities did you consider? What was the main reason for your final choice?
I applied for several universities in Europe and from most of them, I got an offer. I made a decision after careful review and according to the feedback of people who studied (or are studying) at universities from which I got an offer.
Did you know from the start that you wanted to study in that particular country and city? Why did you choose this particular location?
I wanted to study in Germany; however, due to finishing deadlines and some financial issues I couldn’t go there, but my current city Wroclaw is close to Germany from geographical and cultural point.
Did you find your study programme on StudyPortals? How did StudyPortals help you in your decision process?
StudyPortals did a lot for me on this matter. By choosing given preferences, I could easily find the respective study programmes in different universities.
Did you take a language test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) when applying for the programme? If yes, which one did you choose, why and how was your experience with it?
I got a 6.5 IELTS score. I took it two years ago and since then, I started to apply to the universities, however due to financial difficulties, I could realize my dream only this year. My IELTS experience was quite good from the point of examiners, exam environment. If a person does his/her best, he/she can achieve everything.
What would be your advice for students from your country that consider studying abroad?
Chase your dreams and never give up.
How did you finance your stay abroad and what financial advice would you give to future students?
I worked around two years to fund myself before starting my education; however I will look for scholarship opportunities for the next year to fund my second year.
Why would you (not) recommend this particular city / university? How would you rate your experience on a scale from zero to ten (0 – It was a total disaster, 10 – I had the time of my life)?
My city, Wroclaw, is a cozy, calm, and cheap student city. So that is why I highly recommend this particular city. I can put it on 7 out of 10.
Is there anything that you would do differently if you could do it over again?
I just started my education and will do all my best to broaden my horizons.
What was the biggest surprise in your study abroad adventure?
Not experienced yet :)
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