Over the weekend, I got to catch up with my friend Sherdon. He gushed about the practical education in Birmingham City University (BCU) where he is currently completing a PHD degree in wind energy. Let me share with you what he has to say about his experience so far.

It’s important to get to know the teaching style of your chosen university. If their ideals are not in line with yours, completing the program might be difficult.

Sherdon likes BCU’s approach in science and engineering. He said that BCU’s looks at how the research can be applied in a everyday life and aid the people. Because of this mindset, actual products are made.

As for learning, Sherdon was used to attending numerous classes in his home country. It’s the complete opposite in BCU. Sherdon spends most of his time in the lab and doing the actual research. With this approach, you’re actually challenged to go through the project.

I’m sure you’re wondering how Sherdon is funding his stay in the UK. Luckily, he was granted a scholarship by the British Council (BC) and department in the Philippines (Department of Science and Technology or DOST). The BC covers the university fees and a portion of the funds needed for his research. DOST, on the other hand, covers travel costs.

The cost of living in Birmingham is not too high. Sherdon has a monthly budget of 500 pounds or around 680 USD.

I asked Sherdon why the UK. He said it is one of the leading countries known for its developments and research on wind energy. In addition, it has a state of the art technology. Plus, language wouldn’t be a problem for him.

To be honest, I’m quite jealous of Sherdon. He’s having a wonderful time in BCU. He said that if given the chance, he would do it all over again.

Sherdon is not only grateful for the experience but also the opportunity to contribute. He believes that finding out sustainable ways of producing energy is the future.

Sherdon is excited to hear from you so don’t hesitate to contact him. Just register here and you’ll find all the details you need.

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love, A Friend Abroad

Over the weekend, I got to catch up with my friend Sherdon. I wanted to know how important it was for him to find a mentor while completing his application and doing research. Let me share with you his thoughts on this.

Sherdon is currently completing a PHD degree on wind energy at the Birmingham City University (BCU) in the UK.

Sherdon mentioned that applying in BCU was competitive. Before even looking for a mentor, he urges future applicants to do find research interests early. With this, you can go about the research with deep knowledge on it. From there, you can build a network and possibly collaborate.

After completing these initial steps, you can focus on the two essentials. For Sherdon, his mentors and the research proposal were vital for his application. He had to look for mentors in order to aid him in his research proposal.

His mentors were able to review his drafts and give constructive criticism.s After all comments were addressed, he confidently submitted this alongside other requirements.

Other than this, his mentor took part in deciding if BCU was the right school for him.

Without these mentors taking the time in order to help him out, Sherdon might have had a difficult time getting to the UK. Thus, it’s really important to reach out. Applications are competitive and you need all the boost you can get.

Sheldon would be happy to help you out. Kickstart your journey abroad! Just register here and you’re good to go.

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love, A Friend Abroad

Over the weekend, I got to catch up with my friend Sherdon. It was an interesting conversation on getting there and his life in the UK. Sherdon is currently completing a PHD in wind energy at Birmingham City University. According to Sherdon, he found out about the program through the International Postgraduate Service by the Newton Fund.

He has been enjoying the experience so far. Studying abroad has led him to meet so many people from different cultural backgrounds. Moreover, the country itself is amazing. He mentioned that since it’s very close to Europe, going around during your free time can be easy and convenient.

Of course, it’s not always rainbows and sunshine. Literally. Sherdon dislikes the UK weather. It’s usually cold or wet even during the summer so it can get really depressing. Nonetheless, you can always jet to neighboring countries for that much needed sunshine!

If you’re keen on going for a similar path like him, Sherdon shared that it is important to know your interests. With that, you will be able to stand out and excel.

Sherdon is excited to hear from you so don’t hesitate to contact him. Just register here and you will be able to view his mentor profile.

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, you may head on over here to register!

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love, A Friend Abroad

 

 

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Academic goals: Getting a business degree abroad

Getting an MBA or even a non-MBA business degree abroad is a personal goal for a lot of people. Here at A Friend Abroad, we want to help you reach your MBA or non-MBA business degree goals.

We have plenty of mentors for you to choose from. People usually take their business degrees in the United States or the United Kingdom. Taiwan is also a popular choice. This is something you can consider if you want to know where the best schools for business-degrees are.

In the United States, we have mentors who graduated from prestigious universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Columbia University is also a popular choice. In the United Kingdom, we also have graduates from University of Cambridge and University of London as mentors.

We have mentors who can advise you on different fields of study, from Management Information and Statistics to International Business. Take a look at some of our mentors for business and economics. If you would like to consult them for your future studies, you may book a 30-minute session for only $5.

Mentors for Business and Economics
Name University Country Field of Study
Adriana Universidad Externado de Colombia Colombia Economics
Alexander National Taiwan University of Science & Technology Taiwan Management Information Systems and Statistics
Allison University of Miami United States of America Economics
Alvin Hult International Business School United States of America Business Management and Administration
Andrea New York University United States of America Economics
Anthony Berkeley College United States of America General Business
Apple Tsinghua University China China Marketing and Marketing Research
Asad Wesleyan University Philippines Philippines Economics
Audree University of Saint Andrews Scotland, U.K. Economics
Charlene University of Sydney Australia Advertising and Public Relations
Debra University of Michigan – Ann Arbor United States of America Economics
Ee Leng University of Iowa United States of America Finance
Emmanuel INSEAD Business School France Strategy
Fridtjov Copenhagen Business School Denmark Entrepreneurship
Gabriel University of Cambridge England Business Management and Administration
Hsien-Hsiu Imperial College London England, U.K. Finance
Izabel Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States of America Finance
Jose Vito Ricardo Singapore Management University Singapore Strategy
Kanwei University of London England, U.K. Business Management and Administration
Karen University of Cambridge England, U.K. Miscellaneous Business and Medical Administration
Mariyam Northwestern University United States of America Finance
Michelle University of Pennsylvania United States of America Business Economics
Mel Boston University United States of America Finance
MJ Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Netherlands Business Management and Administration
Rodrigo Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States of America Business Management and Administration
Shih-Han (Sandy) San Diego State University United States of America Finance
Taj Columbia University United States of America Finance
Terry IESE Business School, Universidad de Navarra Spain Business Management and Administration
Tessy Barcelona Graduate School of Economics Spain Economics
Tony Ryerson Polytechnic University Canada Marketing and Marketing Research
Vanessa Columbia University United States of America Finance
Vickie National Taiwan University Taiwan Economics
Victoria Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States of America Business Management and Administration
Virgil John University of London England, U.K. Business Economics
Wan-Ling National Taiwan University Taiwan International Business
Yi-Ting University of East Anglia England, U.K. Marketing and Marketing Research
Aisa University of Pennsylvania- The Wharton School United States of America Businesss Administration
Ynna University of Chicago Booth School of Business United States of America Businesss Administration

If you want to search for more mentors, you can head on over to our website. Simply register here and use our search function to find the right mentor for you. However, if the mentors below don’t exactly suit your needs, we’re still happy to help. You may e-mail admin@afriendabroad.com to let us know, and we can custom search mentors for you.

A Friend Abroad also features interviews with fellow mentors who give advice on the daily lives of foreign students.

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love,

A Friend Abroad

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A few days ago, I was able to talk to David, a student from the University of Pennsylvania. He studies Cognitive Science and Computer Science. According to David, good way to make your application stand out is to find your niche.

Getting an outside opinion

For David, he was able to seek the help of a mentor while he was applying to different schools. Though his mentor was not from the universities he was trying to apply to, he still thinks that his mentor’s advice was still valuable.

A mentor can help you sort out what needs to be done during the application process, since it could be really overwhelming for some people to do on their own. They can also help you figure out what to write in your application, and help you adjust to university life even later on.

There are also plenty of resources available online in forums, blogs, and websites. There’s hardly any shortage of information nowadays and it’s very likely that you’re not alone in your situation.

Finding your niche

Create a story using your own experiences. For David, it was tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) from playing basketball that led him to try other things. He joined debate, did volunteer work, and started to write for a newspaper. He capitalized on those experiences to set himself apart in his application.

David says it’s good to find one or two things that make you different from the rest and use this to your advantage. You’re not the only one trying to get into your universities or colleges of choice, so you have to leave an impression on the admissions board. This is especially true when it comes to super competitive schools.

David thinks that your grades, test scores, and activities are the stuff that help you get your foot in the door. Your essay, however, is what will really help you get in the school. It is through the essay they see your dedication, passion, and uniqueness from other applicants.

If you want to speak to David more, register here and visit his mentor profile page: https://afriendabroad.com/profile/davidong

Good luck and may all of your dreams come true!

Love,

A Friend Abroad