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Alina Marcu

BSc Media Technology and Production

Alina Marcu
  • From Bucharest, Romania

Alina, 20, says she came to Bradford for a "quality education" and says she's finding it "easy and natural" to adapt to life in the UK.

"I chose to study in the UK because media courses in my country are not taught at the same level as they are here and I wanted to get a quality education.

"Applying through UCAS was easy because there are private institutions like ‘Study Abroad’ and ‘Mirunette International’ that help students in Romania (and I’m sure in other countries as well) apply to study abroad in a number of countries including the UK, Denmark, France and even the United States of America.

"They guided all their applicants throughout the whole process, sending appropriate paperwork and explaining every step, as such a system (similar to UCAS) does not exist in my country.

"Had I not had their help, I would have had no idea where to start from applying, what I needed to provide and who I had to send them to, as well as I would have had no idea which universities best suited my application."

Industry-level equipment

"I did not consider going to any country other than the UK, despite the financial benefit of a Denmark University (which are free tuition-wise to my knowledge).

"I already had friends in this country so I wanted to move somewhere closer to them.

"I personally find living in the UK easy and natural, people are very nice and I have a made a nice group of friends through joining different clubs and societies within the University.

"I particularly enjoy the practical side of studying a media course with access to industry-level equipment."

When she graduates, Alina hopes to work in the television or radio industries, "from companies like BBC, ITV or Channel 4" and she hopes Bradford will help her get there:

"The practical skills and experience that qualify me for a job in the industry in a way that I wouldn’t have in my country because of the lack of opportunities and technology."