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Why international students love Bournemouth

Our international students travel from far and wide to study at BU – and they love everything that Bournemouth and Dorset have to offer.

Ana DinizI always wanted to have an experience of living abroad, where I could challenge myself, live in a different culture, develop my English skills and get outside of my comfort zone. As I live in Rio de Janeiro, I decided to live in a smaller city. Bournemouth is a town known for its international community where I could meet people from all over the world. It also has more days of sun compared to other places in the UK and I could enjoy all of them on its beautiful beach - what more could I want?”Ana Diniz, LLM International Tax Law, from Brazil

Bournemouth is one of the most attractive places for students, as you can enjoy the beautiful seaside and nature of a small town while studying. Only 26 miles away is my favourite landscape, a place called Durdle Door - one of the local UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And people in the UK are adorable, always ready to help when you need it.”Maria Zlatareva, BSc (Hons) Multimedia Journalism, from Bulgaria

Kevin NapandaBournemouth is a beautiful place to be and I consider it my second home. Having the beach extremely close to my accommodation is great - get ready for lots of early morning and late night walks.”Kevin Napanda, BSc (Hons) Sports Development & Coaching Sciences, from India

I love being able to socialise in my free time and explore what Bournemouth has to offer - particularly the beach, where I love going surfing! I’m very lucky to be where I am. I think Bournemouth and its university have been, so far, the highlight of my life.”Philippos Tsalas, BSc (Hons) Events Management, from Greece

Malvika NighojkarBournemouth’s location was an important factor when I was shortlisting universities. The cost of living is lower compared to the UK’s bigger cities and its beautiful surroundings and quaint charm invite exploration, fuelling my interest in photography. A large student population makes it a vibrant place, yet friendly and safe. The town centre has countless restaurants and the kebab shop around the corner has become my second home during assignment submissions.”Malvika Nighojkar, MSc International Hospitality & Tourism Management, from India

One thing immediately noticeable about the university is how friendly and warm-hearted students and staff are. Meeting people here and making new friends hardly takes any effort and perhaps that’s one reason why so many international students love studying here. Coming to Bournemouth will provide you with a unique set of memories and experiences that nowhere else in Europe will be able to give you. My home is 4,000 miles away, and yet not a day goes by where I feel like I don’t belong here.”Shiavax Postwalla, BA (Hons) Economics, from India

Azzan Al'AlawiBournemouth has a great reputation and a lovely atmosphere. As a coastal town, the summer here is amazing, especially when you can enjoy the sun on the beach. There are plenty of international shops and a variety of markets in the town centre.”Azzan Al'Alawi, LLM Law, from Oman

I love the fact that Bournemouth’s close to London and it’s a quiet, peaceful and beautiful town. Lots of people are nice as they make you feel comfortable, and meeting lots of students from different parts of the world makes it interesting as well.”Oluwakemi Ajuwape, MSc Public Health, from Nigeria

Albina GaisinaOne of the best things about living in Bournemouth is the coast, which extends for over 15 miles from Mudeford to Sandbanks. I’ve also explored many other places nearby, and would advise taking a ferry from Poole to Swanage through Old Harry Rocks, and to definitely visit Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Corfe Castle.”Albina Gaisina, MSc International Investment & Finance, from Russia

Bournemouth is the ‘college town’ I found myself dreaming about throughout my undergraduate years. I love the old British culture and the simplistic aspects of transportation, and having the rest of Europe on my doorstep.”Cecily Paldino, MSc Forensic Anthropology, from the USA