My experience as an international student in the UK

soramsey —  4 October 2013 — Leave a comment

By ACCA student blogger Yani Shi

I came to the UK to study e-finance at the University of Liverpool in my third year. I studied for first two years of my course in China and am studying the last two years in the UK. I began to study ACCA in my first year of university.

My favourite part of studying in the UK is that I have enough extra-curricular time to make my own study plan, and to study ACCA. This is very different from studying in China.

As there is plenty of free time around lectures, time management is very important for both studying my university courses and ACCA. Sometimes, it’s hard to know how to prioritise, especially when I am facing a flood of seemingly-urgent tasks. I have had to learn to manage my time between the two.

In order to study effectively and efficiently, I adopt a common but effective time management approach. I make clear and detailed goals both in the short term (next week) and in the long term (next term). This the first step to effective time management.

The language

ACCA exams require good English reading and writing skills, which I found challenging. But I am really interested in accounting and want to acheive the ACCA Qualification because of its good international reputation, so I persevered. It’s a good opportunity for me to improve my English.

My English has already improved a lot after coming to the UK, so I can overcome any language obstacles more easily. I am able to understand ACCA knowledge in depth now and can express myself clearly in exams because my English skills have improved.        

Although studying in the UK is quite helpful for my ACCA studies, I miss some aspects of studying ACCA in China. When I was in China, I studied with an ACCA tuition provider. The papers are taught in both Chinese and English, so it was easy and quick for me to understand as it’s my first language. What’s more, as there are many Chinese students studying together, we discussed questions more conveniently.

The future of my career

In September I finished my master’s studies at Lancaster University. Before I came to the UK, I thought it would be good for my finance career to work in the UK before coming back to China. But I changed my mind after graduating. I’ve decided to come back to China to begin my career because the Chinese economy has grown quickly in recent years, so there is a great need for talent in the financial services sector. Therefore it is very good opportunity for me. I can use my professional knowledge, as well as my knowledge about both foreign and Chinese culture/markets to pursue a successful career. 

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