I can honestly say I have made life-long friends here during, what I would describe as, the best three years of my life! Aston University is without a doubt an inspiring place to study and thrive in student life! Kate Logan, BSc English Language
Another unique aspect of the university is its location in Birmingham city centre. It’s a big city with loads to offer.
Since the teaching is all undertaken in the target language, it can seem extremely daunting at first, but since being on placement I cannot stress enough how beneficial it has been for coming abroad.
Aston is in constant touch with its students, ensuring that we are kept up-to-date with recent news and events happening around the university and this only strengthens the community spirit felt within.
The teaching quality and variety of challenging modules on my course were excellent and allowed my German and translation skills to reach considerable heights.
To top my Erasmus year I travelled around the Europe visiting Amsterdam, Brussels and Lyon, hiked and skied in the French alps and took advantage of Sarkozy’s only one good reform - free museum passes for EU students!!
After completing my undergraduate studies I knew I wanted to stay on to do a Masters here as well. I was very pleased with my undergraduate experience – the program, the facilities the academic staff - so it was an easy decision to stay.
The French department at Aston is so close-knit; you become friends with your lecturers. There is no doubt that the lecturers are the best in their field and this is shown through their teaching and lessons.
After graduation, I returned to Daimler's Corporate Language Management department in Stuttgart and continued translating owner's manuals and highly technical computer-based training programs before being headhunted in 2011 by the Anglokom Institut.
Campus life in first year is amazing, it’s such a small community and everyone is so friendly, you can’t walk across campus without bumping into someone you know.
Since graduation I have been working in public affairs, which means I seek to influence government policy and legislation. I am currently the Public Affairs Manager for the HR professional body, the CIPD.
Both of my disciplines are integrated into the same school of study, the School of Languages and Social Sciences, and the course is taught fully in German. This so called ‘integrated approach’ has helped create both a challenging and rewarding environment for my study.
I particularly enjoyed 'German - Past and Present', a module in my first year in which the focus was on the development of the German language and its variations. During my second year I chose TESOL as a module, which prepared me for my placement year.
I really like that Aston University is on one campus and this encourages a sociable and friendly atmosphere.
The relationship with my lecturers has definitely benefited my studies and is something that makes LSS unique, the small classes enable this relationship to be developed.
The vibrant, friendly and buzzing atmosphere on campus is something you just don’t get at other universities. You are made welcome right from the start, from the famous ‘Aston Aunties’ that move you in to the amazing array of new friends that you will make.
I love my course because it opens up so many doors for my future; it isn't the same old stuff from A-level but an exciting development into linguistics and language.
When applying for English language courses one of my main priorities was to actively apply what was covered in class to real-world contexts and Aston University assured me they too had the same priority.
My placement year has been a key aspect in being able to get a job.
As a result of my placement, I was offered a graduate role with IBM on a Leadership Development Program with my first role as a Business Development Consultant in Dubai.
During my placement year I spent one year working in the HR Department of one of the biggest UK manufacturers, McVitie's.
Aston offered me a wide range of modules especially in second and final year so I was able to tailor my degree to what I was passionate about learning.
The class that prepared me most for my Placement Year was 'Security Studies' because it allowed you to theories present day security issues.
I spent a year as an exchange student in South Korea, which was by far the best year of my life! Not only was it loads of fun, I also learned great things about different cultures as there were people from all around the globe.
Its location in the centre of Birmingham is also advantageous, as it means you have all the pubs, clubs and shops a student could ever want, right on your door step.
Aston University has helped me to realise what my carrier orientation is.
I feel as though the theoretical concepts and skills I will take away from this course, matched with my placement year experience will allow me to have a successful career whether it be a self-owned business or as a part of a global organization.
What I really like about IBML is the integration between the language and the business parts of the course, it allowed me not only to learn all the right vocabulary for living and working in France, but also to learn about the culture of business in France.
Aston is a place where you really feel like home. You meet people from all around the world, with very different backgrounds. You live in an intercultural community where you are never afraid to express your personal honest opinion as people are very open-minded.
I chose to study IBML German to gain a comprehensive understanding of the functions and processes for managing organisations as well as changes in the international business environment.
What I absolutely love about Aston is the competent staff who often come from an industrial background and are able to share first hand business experience with you in the most friendly and supportive way.
For my placement year I worked full time in a homeless centre in Central London. The experience I gained during this time was invaluable and I learnt so much during my time there.
I feel that travelling to Thailand for my Placement Year really opened my eyes to what I wanted to do after university, before this I had no idea.
During my placement year I went to New York where I worked in marketing, advertising and promotions.
My placement year was spent in one of the busiest cities in the world, Central London. This gave me an incredible insight into the Consulting world and a fantastic opportunity to network across the globe.
What makes Aston unique is that it is a campus university, everything that students may require is in one space. Aston is also in the centre of everything, which makes it accessible for students to socialise after a studying.
The majority of my sociology lecturers know me personally, a rare trait in higher education, and are always happy for me to approach them to talk about theoretical concepts. It has been this guidance and personal approach to teaching that has made my course so enjoyable.
Since graduating I was offered a job in the Reputation and Employer Branding department at McDonald's headoffice as a Reputation Officer.
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