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UCL International Pre-Master's course students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and go on to study a variety of different postgraduate degrees at UCL and other top UK universities. Here you can find views and testimonies about their experience of the course, how it helped them prepare for their Master's degree and what it's like to be an international student in London.

Testimonies


Preparation

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Interviews


Zihao Chen - UCL International Pre-Master's student

Zihao Chen

Nationality: Chinese
Previous course at UCL CLIE: International Pre-Master's (2021)
Progressed to: Culture & Society MSc at LSE

"The International Pre-Master’s does not just teach language, it also teaches the academic skills and research abilities which can provide an excellent opportunity to adapt to the learning pace of the UK."

Oliko - a former UCL International Pre-Master's student

Oliko Mamatsashvili

Nationality: Georgian
Previous course at UCL CLIE: International Pre-Master's (2020)
Progressed to: International Health Management MSc at Imperial College London

"I found group work on the IPM very helpful. I was not keen on doing assignments in groups before the IPM, but I got used to it and I’m extremely satisfied as my Master's requires 100% of coursework to be done in groups!"

Ramtin Amintafreshi UCL International Pre-Master's (IPM) student

Ramtin Amintafreshi

Nationality: Iranian
Previous course at UCL CLIE: International Pre-Master's (2020)
Progressed to: Finance (Corporate Finance) MSc at King's College London

"First of all, the IPM has given me the self-confidence to study and communicate in an English language country. Secondly, it has increased my ability to go deeply into academic papers and sources and understand them properly."

UCL International Pre-Master's student Sarah Alobaidi outside the 02 in London

Sarah Alobaidi

Nationality: Saudi
Previous course at UCL CLIE: International Pre-Master's (2020)
Progressed to: Neuroimaging MSc at UCL

"I believe the IPM was essential for refining my skills in many aspects as a postgraduate student. I experienced different perspectives of what postgraduate study would be like, such as tasks, challenges, deadlines and more."

Xuedi Sun, former UCL IPM student

Xuedi Sun

Nationality: Chinese
Previous course at UCL CLIE: International Pre-Master's (2019)
Progressed to: Philosophy of Education MA at UCL

"My tutor gave me a lot of professional support to my language learning and academic studies. It is comforting to have a tutor who is just like a wise and thoughtful friend."

International Pre-Master's Student Mina Stojanovic

Mina Stojanovic

Nationality: Serbian
Previous course at UCL CLIE: International Pre-Master's (2017)
Progressed to: Social Cognition Msc: Research and Applications at UCL

"The Pre-Master’s has greatly exceeded my expectations. I did not only improve my academic English, but also acquired a range of study skills which will be beneficial for my Master’s studies."

International Pre-Master's Student Dana Kamatay

Dana Kamatay

Nationality: Kazakh
Previous course at UCL CLIE: International Pre-Master's (2016)
Progressed to: Investment and Finance MSc at Queen Mary

"The knowledge obtained from the reading and writing classes helped me to prepare for exams and writing coursework; as a result, I got distinction marks for all coursework during my Master’s studies."

International Pre-Master's student Aliya Temirkhan

Aliya Temirkhan

Nationality: Kazakh
Previous course at UCL CLIE: International Pre-Master's (2017)
Progressed to: PhD in Chemical Engineering at The University of Aberdeen

"The course content first attracted me because there were classes on writing essays, research proposals, presentation skills and reports; all the skills I would need for a PhD."