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Student interview with Edgar Orechov, a Lithuanian student at the University of Greenwich

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Edgar moved to London in order to study for the BA International Business at the University of Greenwich. Below Edgar tells us why he chose to study in London and how he has found the experience so far.

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself and why you are studying in London.

I’m 22 years old and I’m from Lithuania. After graduating from school I applied only to British universities situated in London because I wanted both to study in England and to live in the capital.

2. What attracted you to the University of Greenwich and how did you find the application process?

I applied via UCAS, the British admission service for students applying to universities. I chose the University of Greenwich because two friends had studied there and had recommended it to me. I also chose Greenwich because the BA International Business course had interesting modules. One more important factor was that the main University campus is a world heritage site and consists of three baroque 17th century buildings. It is situated on the south bank of the Thames overlooking London’s impressive financial district Canary Wharf.

3. How are you finding your studies so far?

I’m in the fourth year of my BA International Business programme. I like the course because of the great choice of subjects. We are taught by renowned lecturers whose publications, articles and books are published all over the world.

Usually UK Bachelor degrees last for 3 years, but I chose to take a work placement year and worked for 10 months within my specialty in a gas company in Lithuania.

4. Are there any other international students on your course?

Many foreign students study on my course. European students are mostly from Germany, Spain and Scandinavian countries, there are also students from Asia and South America. I have made friends with students from Turkmenistan, the USA and China.

5. What do you do in your spare time?

I’m an active member of the Business and Economics Society where we hold debates once a fortnight on topical subjects of economics or listen to the lectures given by invited business and economics speakers. I also decided to create the Society of Russian-speaking students at the University of Greenwich and a number of teachers supported my idea. Currently the society consist of about 50 students and the number is constantly growing. It now is much easier for Russian-speaking new students to get used to this new academic environment and get acquainted with the students which are eager to share their university experience.

6. What are you going to do after graduation?

After I finish my Bachelor’s degree course I’m going to enter a masters programme. Each summer I undertake internships in the areas of business development and management consulting which helps me to develop the skills that prospective employers are looking for. The university also regularly holds career fairs where international companies tell you about the process of graduate recruitment. The university’s careers service ‘GET’ supports all students with the job search and help with CV writing, interview techniques and career opportunities.

The University of Greenwich is a leading modern university with strong links to business. Read more about the University of Greenwich, take a look at the courses on offer and contact the university directly with any questions you might have about studying there.

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