5 reasons why I chose King’s- by Alana

Hi everyone, Alana here! Choosing university can be a really difficult decision. There’s so much to consider. That’s why I’ve decided to highlight my five main reasons for choosing to study here at King’s!

1)The course

The main reason for me choosing to come to King’s was my course. European Studies seemed to be such a unique and versatile programme that would allow me to shape my degree to what most interested me. The European Studies department is very reputable and I knew that would mean a high quality and interesting degree course. Studying something you truly love is key, it gives you so much motivation to work hard and you get real satisfaction from attending classes every day! King’s offers so many highly reputable degree programmes taught by the very best academics in the field.

2) Quality of teaching

I knew when choosing King’s that not only would I be able to study a subject I loved, but that I would be taught by those who are experts in their fields of study. King’s has high quality research, and the European and International studies department is a Jean Monnet centre of excellence. Having a good teacher can really make a difference, and if you are engaged, I find you enjoy classes much more and have more drive to succeed at what you’re studying!

3) International Reputation

 Another reason I was attracted to King’s was because of its international reputation. It’s one of the very best universities in the world, and consistently does well on international league tables. I knew that this international reputation would ensure a high quality degree for me, but also would enable me to be successful in the future, as going to a world class university opens so many doors for you when trying to build a career! Also, with King’s having such an international focus, I knew I would be able to meet and make connections with people from all over the world

4) Opportunities

With King’s being a top university, I knew that this would give me lots of opportunities throughout my degree. For example, its partnerships with universities all over the world means such a wide array of study abroad opportunities. This was a big factor in my decision for choosing King’s, as choosing the European Studies course meant that I could study at not only one, but two internationally-recognised universities!  There are also different awards you can get involved with at King’s, for instance I completed the King’s Leadership and Professional Skills award in my second year. I knew that these opportunities would allow me to develop my skills and confidence, it will also look great on my CV when I graduate.

5) London!

The final factor, of course, was having the chance to study in London! Not only did I want to study in this incredible city for academic and career opportunities,  I wanted to attend events, network and undertake work experience opportunities. I also liked the idea of living in London for my social life too! I knew that having the chance to live in the city for a few years was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse, it would make me more independent. I also knew I would be able to meet so many people and experience so many things; whether that’s visiting a museum, going to a new restaurant or bar or revising in the sun in Hyde Park in the summer!

I hope telling you my main reasons for choosing King’s helps you make your decision. I’m so glad I chose to come here, it has been such a great experience for me so far!

Best wishes,

Alana- BA European Studies (French Pathway)

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Life at King’s, by Gloria

Hi, Gloria here!

This month’s theme is Life at King’s and as my first year in King’s is briskly coming
to an end I thought I’d share my experiences with you, as they might be helpful when you’re making your decision to study at this lovely university.

Before I arrived at King’s I was quite nervous as it was a new experience, but once I arrived the King’s community quickly made me feel at ease, as I found myself among some of the most hospitable people I have ever met! Everyone at King’s is friendly and it’s easy to start up a conversation! There are tons of extracurricular societies to choose from – from video games to fencing to even societies based on nationality if you are feeling homesick! King’s allows you to fully expand on your interests and hobbies.

On the more academic side, my lecturers are truly inspiring as they are really passionate about their subject and about teaching, which definitely makes a difference when you have a 9am lecture! In my course in particular, War Studies, we constantly have guest lecturers visit, so seeing each one of their teaching styles and expertise has definitely helped me think about what I want to pursue in the future.

King’s also is in the best location. The Strand campus, where
most of my lectures are, is in the heart of London! It is such a lively beautiful area,
where I never tire from shopping, having lunch and catching up with with friends as there is always something new to try. Most students, including myself, spend most of their time outside of the lecture theater either in the library or in the King’s bar. Both are great, but obviously for different reasons!

The Maughan Library is just a 10 minute walk from the Strand campus (5 minute
run if you are rushing to finish a paper) and provides a healthy studying
environment suited for everybody as it is separated in different zones – if you like to
study in a group and discuss with friends there is a zone for you and if you like to
study by yourself in a quiet environment there is a zone for you as well!
The King’s bar, the Waterfront, is a favorite spot for many students as well. It is in the
Stand campus so you can rush there after your last lecture of the day. It offers food
and drinks on the cheap and it is full of King’s students. I’ve met some of my closest
friends there and I highly recommended it for first year students.

Overall, life at King’s is great and the university provides you with all the tools you
need to make your experience unforgettable. I hope you found my experiences
helpful and you make the right choice for you!
Best Wishes,
Gloria, BA War Studies

Gloria Trifonova