Degree: 2nd Year, PhD in Hospitality
The main reason I chose Surrey is because my friend who had already completed a PHD here, recommended me to come and study here. The rankings were also important in my decision especially because the Hospitality and Tourism courses at Surrey are famous.
My course is quite challenging and difficult. It’s different from masters level because at masters level you still have group discussions and lectures to attend, but at PhD level, you have to do everything yourself. You need to have good time management skills and be independent. I’ve learnt a lot about research methods and I’ve learnt that I need to read a lot as well. I’ve also learnt how to network with other people. When you are studying a PhD you need to have good networking skills so you can use them within your university and other universities.
The University also offers workshops which have helped to develop my professional skills. For example, I did the presentation skills workshop which helped to improve my presentation skills.
I stayed in Manor Park. The accommodation there is good. The security system is brilliant and the guards are really kind. Whenever you have a problem with the internet or even a blown light bulb, a member of staff comes and helps you really quickly.
The University’s International night last year was excellent. There were lots of people from different cultures and countries which meant I was able to experience lots of different foods and cultures. The Thai society had their own stall where we offered Thai Food… it was a very good experience!
If other Thai students want to come here I would recommend it because Surrey has a very good environment. London is very crowded but Surrey has a good atmosphere for studying and the people are friendly.