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Student spotlight: Meet Diego from France

Diego moved to London to study MSc Finance at Imperial College London and graduated in 2015. After graduating, he founded the platform Unibuddy, which allows universities to connect prospective students with current students. We spoke to Diego about his time living and studying in London.

Why did you choose to study MSc Finance at Imperial College London?

I wanted to study in an international city and realised I’d rather it was in Europe, so London was a natural choice. In fact, the hardest bit was choosing the specific course and institution (which was also the reason I created Unibuddy).

After much research, I went for Imperial College because of its location in the centre of London, as well as its reputation for mathematics, which is a passion of mine.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

Meeting people from such a huge variety of backgrounds. It really opened my mind to the world and its opportunities.

The course also completely changed my mindset about the future. Before I started, I was convinced that I needed to graduate in finance and forge a lifelong career in banking. I would never have pictured myself running a tech company in education!

Why did you choose to study in London?

As I had a specific career in mind, I wanted to be in a financial centre in Europe and somewhere well connected for travel. Besides, there’s nowhere else quite like London.

How would you describe London in three words?

Vibrant, inspiring and connected.

Can you tell us more about Unibuddy?

Unibuddy is a platform that allows universities to connect prospective students with its current students.

Applicants can directly message a student at their targeted university and ask them anything about the course, city, student life or application. This gives them reassurance and a real-life view of studying there.

Find out more about Unibuddy on Twitter or LinkedIn.

What motivated and inspired you to develop this project?

My own journey into higher education was my inspiration. There’s so much information available from universities in the form of official marketing, but what I really wanted to know was what it was like to study there from a student.

Frustrated by a lack of opportunities to connect with current students, I realised it was a good time to do something about it.

How has your university supported you with the development of your project?

Imperial College London has really supported me by connecting me with brilliant people on my degree – one became Unibuddy’s co-founder!

It also helped me to meet high-profile people from the finance industry, who later went on to become our first investors.

Of course, I have to mention that they did the most important thing any university could have done… they became one of the first partners to take on the Unibuddy platform.

Have you drawn on any wider support within London to develop your project?

Whether it’s been to raise funds or to grow the company faster, I think being introduced to people with the right connections in our industry has been invaluable.

The great thing about London is that there’s always someone who can help.

Do you have any advice for other students thinking about studying in London?

Make the most of your time, because there’s so much happening. Take advantage of the diversity and connect with as many people as you can – that student sitting next to you could be your future business or life partner.

If you would also like to study in London, take a look at the list of universities in London and search for courses.

London Tech Week 2018

Where creativity, talent and innovation come together. London is a global hub for tech innovation, entrepreneurship and creative talent. London Tech Week, which takes place from 11th – 17th June, is a festival of live events celebrating the best of London’s tech scene, while providing networking, social, learning and business opportunities. The festival brings together […]

London is home to four of the world’s 40 best universities

The latest QS World University Rankings 2019 confirm that London remains home to more top universities than any city in the world, with four London universities in the top 40. London has 18 universities represented in the rankings of 1,000 universities, of which eleven feature in the top 400. Imperial College London (in 8th place) […]

Meet Mayor of London Entrepreneur Award winner Aaron

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Aaron is a Biomedical Engineering & Innovation Design Engineering graduate of Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. Aaron is also the co-founder of WithLula, this year’s winner of the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Award. Here Aaron tells us more about his time studying in London and working full-time on WithLula since graduating. Why did […]

Mayor of London Entrepreneur Award 2018 goes to Imperial College London graduates

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The winner of this year’s Mayor of London Entrepreneur Award is WithLula, the inventors of a biodegradable sanitary product which is quick and easy to dispose of and doesn’t cause harmful waste. The Imperial College London graduates behind the product have won £20,000 investment in their start-up from the Mayor of London. WithLula beat nine other […]

London comes top in THE’s new ranking of the best university cities

Times Higher Education have today released a new ranking of cities with the highest concentration of elite universities, based on the THE World University Rankings.   London has the largest number of top 500 universities within a city and comes joint first when looking at the top 200 universities. There are 15 London universities in the top 500 and six universities in the top 200. […]

Imperial College London’s World Challenges and Innovation summer school

Take your place this summer at Imperial College London’s World Challenges and Innovation summer school. This two-week experience for undergraduate students in the final two years of study promises to fire your imagination and open your mind to the potential that can be unleashed when the world’s brightest minds work together to solve a problem. […]

Leading by example: Women at the helm of London’s universities

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#BehindEveryGreatCity With 2018 marking 100 years since British women were first granted the vote, London is celebrating! Parliament Square is to see its first statue of a woman – a life-sized model of suffragist Millicent Fawcett. There are exhibitions, open air events, talks and activities all over London, most free to take part in  – […]

London welcomes new international students with the ultimate London experience

“Welcome to London – you’re going to have a fantastic time studying here!” That was the message from Deputy Mayor of London Rajesh Agrawal, at a special international student event at London’s City Hall. At the International Student Welcome event, eleven lucky students from around the world got a whirlwind tour of some of London’s […]

Discover London: The City’s Top 10 Free Attractions

As a student at one of London’s universities, you have a wealth of sights and experiences right on your door step. The opportunities for sightseeing, shopping, visiting museums and galleries or attending events and festivals are endless. You might be surprised how much there is to do in London that’s free of charge – and […]

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