"If you love travelling, you can take advantage of the perfect geographical position of Guildford. Surrey’s societies play a great role in university life, they offer a wide range of activities and new experiences."
"I decided to come to Surrey because I wanted to live abroad and improve my English skills, having studied “Cultural Mediation” in Italy for my undergraduate degree. A new experience was needed!
I did not study languages in my secondary school, I had a bad English pronunciation and I could not even speak foreign languages. Then I realised how much I loved people, the sound of languages and cultures. No other jobs could give me all these things at the same time.
Before deciding to come to the University of Surrey, I had a look at the website and the programme. I used Surrey’s virtual campus tour to have an overview of all the facilities that the University has.
The first step to improve interpreting skills is to understand what happens in the brain while translating; having a deep knowledge of translation processes is key.
"The academic staff encourage and support you, and the University facilities are always open."
The programme is well organised. Not only does it focus on practical skills, such as simultaneous and consecutive, but also on interpreting theory.
Students can practise in booths, and rooms provided with TVs, video conference and remote interpreting tools in the Library; they give you all you need.
Guildford is a nice city; it is small enough to allow you to study during the weekend but big enough to have a good social life. The campus has good looking facilities, a peaceful lake and all you need to have a lovely life. There is also a supermarket in the library. In addition, it is possible to join Sports Park activities which is a good way to enjoy your spare time.
Guildford is only 40 minutes away from London by train. I went there several times but London is not the only place to visit. I joined some university trips to various cities. It was cheap and I only took a day off from my studying! If you love travelling, you can take advantage of the perfect geographical position of Guildford. Surrey’s societies play a great role in university life, they offer a wide range of activities and new experiences. Time will fly by.
My future is uncertain but I plan to stay in England for a few more months. I will probably start looking for a job and move to London; opportunities are all I need.
Meeting new people every day is the best way to spend time here at Surrey. There is always something to see, study or do. Having an open mind is the best way to start this journey but do not worry if you don’t have it, you will get it."