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Former INTO City students share their experience of life at University

A recent event saw City students and staff offering advice for INTO City students who hope to one day study at the University

by Nicola

INTO City University London courses help International students to prepare for study at the University. At a recent event held at the INTO City Centre, former INTO City students, now at Cass Business School, shared their experiences of the University and offered advice to around 100 hopeful INTO City students.

The event gave them the chance to hear first-hand from former INTO City students and gain an insight into life at University. Associate Dean and Director of the Cass Business School Undergraduate Degree Programme, Dr Russell Gerrard delivered a presentation on undergraduate study at the School. This was followed by an interactive Q&A session with Cass Admissions and Recruitment Officer Nicole Appleyard and six former INTO City students.

Omer Tariq is currently studying Management at Cass Business School. He previously took an International Foundation course in Business, Economics and Accounting at INTO City, which he says helped him to progress to Cass successfully. Omer said:

The support I received at INTO City and the relationships I made with my teachers made me the student I am today.

Omer said he wanted to attend City due to its reputation and positive stories he heard from friends who studied here. “The course I am enrolled on at City is one of the best in the UK. Plus my friends studying at City told me about the friendly atmosphere and made me want to study here even more.” Since joining City, Omer says he has been impressed with the teaching faculty and the interesting modules he has been able to study.

Omer felt the INTO course helped him “immensely” in preparing for City. “The course introduced the core subjects in depth, which has been a great help in my first year and a great introduction to my degree at City.”

Neyl Nejjai was also a former INTO City student and is now studying Investment and Financial Risk Management at Cass. Before joining City, Neyl took the INTO City International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting. During the Q&A session, Neyl told students:

INTO teaches us many things that make it a lot easier to succeed when you progress to Cass. INTO sets the foundation that you need to be a university student and is a great platform on which to prove that you are capable of studying there.

Current INTO City student Muhammed Zaid, who is taking the International Foundation with Business, Economics with Accounting programme, asked the panel what advice they have for students who are planning to take a placement.

Recent Cass graduate and former INTO City student Sean Foo is now doing his Masters at London School of Economics. Sean said: “City has an excellent careers centre that you have access to as soon as you are an INTO student. This centre helped me to create my first CV and prepare for my first interview. They will be able to conduct mock interviews with you and help you to find summer work experience.

City gives you a great amount of help and support to find a work placement; they hold regular careers fairs where you will be able to meet with employers that one day could be your boss. Since graduating from Cass I have received four job offers.

INTO City University London offers a wide-range of pre-university courses in everything from Business to Computer Science. The courses are aimed at international students, helping them to progress to undergraduate study at City. Visit the INTO website for more details.

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