I’m Natalia and I’m a Public Policy MA student. I’d like to tell you a bit about support services available at King’s.
In addition to the great academic experience, the University will provide you with a network of support and services that will allow you to maximize your potential and make the most of this opportunity after you have left. Welcome Week which is held before the first week of classes is very helpful because it will provide advice on visas, the academic and grading system in the UK (which is helpful for international students), money management and accommodation, health services, among many others. Although this week is not compulsory, it is very informative about what to expect in academic terms and about living in London.
Regarding the academic aspect, you will be assigned a personal tutor who makes part of your Department and will guide you throughout the academic year. This person is your contact point from academic inquiries to personal issues and general advice. Additionally, professors in the University are truly there for students, are available during office hours or are willing to arrange a meeting, and making use of this time, their knowledge and expertise is extremely valuable.
Another great advantage is the Career Services that assists students in determining their career path, helping them in the application process for internships and jobs by reviewing their CVs, cover letters, arranging mock interviews, among many others. Numerous events are held throughout the year and range from conferences with employers in different areas to networking events with alumni, job fairs, visa information sessions for international students who want to stay longer in the UK, among many others. In short, you can have countless meetings with the careers team in order to make the most out of your degree and your future opportunities.
Additionally, the University also has a King’s Talent Bank of part time jobs for students and alumni, which facilitates the process of finding a job for students who need some extra earnings during their studies. Another area of student support are health services that are offered at the on-campus NHS Clinic at Bush House, as well as counselling services. Furthermore, the Student Union also holds wellbeing activities and yoga and sports sessions that help students relax and enjoy their time at KCL.
Finally, one of the greatest advantages of King’s is that it gives you access to one of the most vibrant cities in the world. London adds so much to your experience because of the endless conferences, events, and networking opportunities that you can access. This is worth mentioning because the University provides access to many conferences and events that are generally closed to the public. In short, student support and services at King’s College London are comprehensive, they enrich your University experience, and will help you further your career after graduating.
I hope you enjoy your time at King’s as much as I have.