Student journey: from Thailand to the UK
Apisit is currently studying at the University of Gloucestershire.
He shares his experience of leaving his home country of Thailand to start his student life in the UK.
From adapting to public transport to trying new foods, Apisit shares all…
Thailand to the UK
Whilst living in Thailand, I travelled a lot, and always packed my camera for photos. I started to learn more about taking photographs, which gave me inspiration to do a Photography degree.
I chose to study in the UK because I love the friendly people and environment, and I wanted to experience British culture.
I already have a Bachelor’s degree from Thailand, so I wanted a course that would allow me to study a second degree in a shorter time. Studying an International Year One in Art, Design and Media means that I only have to study for 3 years, and then I graduate.
First Impressions of the UK
The UK is colder than Thailand! The food is also different from Thailand, and tastes different. I love how people drive in the UK – it is slower than in Thailand, and the drivers allow people to cross the road.
I arrived in London first, which was crowded. I had to look for signs to see where to go because I had never been there before, so that was quite difficult. I got on the train to Cheltenham and I felt nervous.
Even the train systems were different to Thailand!
Arriving in Cheltenham
When I arrived in Cheltenham, I knew I had made the right choice! I really love Cheltenham because it is quiet and peaceful, which is different to larger cities like London. Cheltenham is smaller, but it is perfectly small!
Meeting new friends
I met friends in class and in my accommodation. I explored the area close to the University and found a nice Café called ‘Café Boho’.
I met a new friend there – she is from Bulgaria and has been living in the UK for five years.
Life outside the classroom
I often go to the town centre, walk around and get some food in restaurants. I really love Japanese food, so I go to Yo Sushi and Kibu.
I have visited Gloucester and Bristol, which are not far away. This week I am going to Cardiff by train, which takes less than two hours.
My advice to new students is do not worry! The staff will help with everything, so enjoy the experience and you will make new friends and connections.
It can be a struggle settling in, but once you get used to it, it gets better and better.
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