My NCUK experience – from Pakistan to the UK

Posted: 11.01.2017
Author: Murad Soomro

My higher education and journey to the UK began with the NCUK, when I applied for the NCUK International Year One at INTO Manchester. Just before my A-Level exams I had injured my shoulder and fallen ill as well which resulted in me missing an exam. That was a very difficult period for me because I felt the only option for me was to retake the exam I had missed and waste a year. However, I heard about the NCUK and the courses offered by them, I knew straight away that the IYOne was the perfect course for me.

I was offered a great deal of support during my application process, along with the visa process. After arriving in Manchester and moving into my new accommodation I was very satisfied with accommodation that INTO Manchester had arranged for me. My first day at INTO Manchester involved meeting some of the staff, my course teachers, a tour of the facilities, an overview of my course, icebreakers with my peers and presentations about how to open bank accounts, health and safety, security and police registration.

In my opinion the best thing about the NCUK course at INTO Manchester was the class size. Having a small group of students for each class along with highly qualified teachers meant that there was more contact with the teachers which aided our learning. The teachers and staff are easily approachable because you can walk into their office at any time and they will be there to offer support. I had developed a great relationship with all my teachers, I am still in touch with them and visit them whenever I get the chance to.

The NCUK provides the ideal environment for students to thrive in and with some effort and hard work any student can make the most of their time. My hard work payed off as I graduated my IYOne with a distinction, I received a prize from the NCUK and now I am a student at the University of Sheffield.

Receiving my award from NCUK

Receiving my award from NCUK

Murad is currently studying Accounting and Financial Management BA (Hons) at the University of Sheffield. He took the NCUK IFY programme at INTO Manchester.