The University of Birmingham was my first choice because it offers a robust international relations course. The Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) department as a whole is very competitive, and I believe that the education acquired at this institution will be instrumental in equipping me with the much needed skills of robust solutions for economic development and sustainable international relations in Kenya and world over. The University of Birmingham was voted the “Sunday Times and the Times University of the Year 2013-2014” and I wanted to be affiliated with such a place.
One facility that I truly appreciate is the personal tutor scheme which gives postgraduate students the opportunity to have one on one discussions with a personal tutor assigned to them at the beginning of the course. Students can talk over academics, their social life, and other important issues with professors. This scheme allows one to: discuss essay writing requirements at the University of Birmingham; chat about essay and presentation topics; and share dissertation topic ideas and receive guidance on this.
The cultural diversity in everyday life is impressive. In my course, almost all continents are represented; I find this fascinating and it validates my reasons for travelling across the globe to attain postgraduate education.
In my spare time, I also attend weekly salsa classes at the university, which is the most exciting society ever!