My student experience
Omar El Menoufi
"The aspects of my course that I enjoy the most are the specialist modules we get to choose to tailor our education to our future career."
"My desire to study MSc International Hospitality Management stems from my interest in this field, but also from the fact that the hospitality industry is an exciting, dynamic and international industry in which to forge my future career. I have been able to travel around the world and explore new cultures which has given me an aptitude for interacting with people from different backgrounds. This makes hospitality management all the more exciting as I would be able to add more value to the customers.
In addition, speaking different languages is very useful when interacting with customers from different countries; being fluent in English and Greek and conversational in Arabic and French serve as a very useful asset in my hospitality career. This has drawn me towards a degree in International Hospitality Management.
I chose to study at the University of Surrey because it consistently ranks first in all UK university league tables. I am passionate about my subject because the hospitality industry is a dynamic and thriving industry where you get to interact with different guests daily and manage large luxury resorts/hotels around the world.
The aspects of my course that I enjoy the most are the specialist modules we get to choose to tailor our education to our future career. Also, the helpful and approachable lecturers and professors in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management which make my subject easier to understand. I am looking forward to the seven month Professional Training placement which I will spend at a top luxury hotel in London after I compete my first year – thanks to the surpassed connections that our School is known for.
"The academic staff are very helpful, approachable and knowledgeable on the hospitality subject they specialise in, making the subject all the more exciting and interesting."
The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has its own large building on campus with several computer rooms and printers for all students to access.
I live at Manor Park which is University managed accommodation. Manor Park is a small student village with a number of large building blocks. I live in an en-suite room which includes my own toilet and the flat includes a large shared kitchen.
The best things about life at Surrey is the fact that Surrey Sports Park is located only three minutes’ walking distance from my flat: a large sports complex with a big gym, Olympic-sized swimming pool, a number of football, tennis, squash and basketball courts, a Starbucks and a bar that offers delicious British food and alcoholic beverages.
In addition, the campus is 20 minutes’ walking distance form my accommodation and with the bus it is only eight minutes’. The campus has a large, modern Library that is open 24-hours a day. It also has a number of restaurants and coffee shops dotted around campus including Starbucks! Rubix – the University’s only club on campus - holds events every Wednesday and Friday making the social life at Surrey more exciting!
Furthermore, being based in Guildford has its own benefits: the town centre boasts a busy train station offering an easy commute into London, a multitude of well-known boutique shops, leisure facilities and restaurants - basically, everything a city can offer! Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and Spectrum Leisure Complex are some of my local favourites, as well as a number of wonderful eateries including the superb Thai Terrace with far reaching views over the North Downs, and Britten's, owned by the former MasterChef competitor Daniel Britten. It's also great for history - Guildford Castle is the only royal castle ever built in Surrey and the spectacular Guildford Cathedral, designed by Sir Edward Maufe, is a must-visit. But drive five minutes out of town and you'll find yourself in rural Britain at its finest! Quite simply, Guildford combines the best of both worlds, offering a fine balance of urban and rural living.
I have changed since I started at Surrey, in the sense that I am more mature now, my self-esteem has increased and I have increased my professional skill set. I started working for the University as a Student Ambassador, I am the Course Representative for my course and I also work at Holiday Inn Guildford – allowing me to develop as a young professional and increase my skill set. I interact constantly with guests, my fellow course mates and my lecturers helping me to become more confident and increasing my communication skills. Moreover, with the surpassed connections that the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management holds, I managed to receive an offer from Bulgari Hotel and Residences, London for my Professional Training placement.
Following my postgraduate course at Surrey, I plan to work at an international 5-star luxury hotel in London, where my creative initiative, ideas and genuine enthusiasm would allow me to progress further."
Explore our courses in hospitality, events, tourism and transport, including our MSc International Hospitality Management (EuroMasters).