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Peer Advisers


Our Peer Advisers are students who have studied or worked abroad previously.

They are responsible for promoting study abroad opportunities and providing support to current Nottingham students considering study abroad and incoming study abroad and exchange students.

Read their stories and find out how to contact them.



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Lawrence Cate

Lawrence is a Computer Science student who spent a year at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico.

"My year abroad in Mexico City was one of the best experiences of my life. Initially I applied to study in Mexico to improve my Spanish and learn more about Latin America.  I have always wanted to travel and see new places but doing study abroad also gave me the chance to meet people from all around the world and make some lifelong friendships along the way. 

Although it was challenging to adapt at the first, the university community was really welcoming and made it really easy to settle into living a new city. Study abroad will make you a more confident, creative and independent person as you work with an unfamiliar environment and people from a different culture. I see this as invaluable for my future career in technology, and it already helped me secure a place on a summer programme at Huawei Technologies in China, where I employed all of the skills I developed whilst studying abroad.

I will never forget my time in Mexico, it never stopped surprising me with places to see, from ancient pyramids, lush jungles, arid deserts, snowy volcanoes, stunning coastline and the exciting, hectic but wonderful Mexico City to cap it all off. The people, culture, and history are impossible to sum up but I would urge you to consider Mexico if you’re thinking of studying abroad. 

I would be more than happy to answer any questions you have and tell you more about my experience."



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Natasha Qayyum

Natasha is a Biology student who spent a year at the National University of Singapore, Singapore.

"After joining the University of Nottingham, I stumbled upon a study abroad talk by accident. I was immediately sold and then next thing I knew I was studying across the world in South East Asia.

Like many others I was afraid of going somewhere with a language barrier, yet wanted to submerge myself in a vastly different lifestyle and culture. Singapore was the perfect answer to this! English is one of four official languages and a small country, which is in a perfect location for travel around Asia.

The best thing about studying in such a vibrant part of the world was the people I met! All of my friends came from across the globe and I had such an insight into the Singaporean work ethic, which will stay with me forever.

If you have any questions about my experiences or living abroad in general, please give me a shout!"



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Sythey Russell

Sythey is a Psychology student who spent a year at the University of Western Australia, Australia.

"One of the reasons I chose University of Nottingham was for the huge number of study abroad opportunities they offered, and when I was accepted to study at the University of Western Australia for a year I was over the moon.

It took me a while to really fall in love with Perth but once I did I completely understood why the locals in Western Australia love where they live so much! The west coast is incredibly beautiful, and I had the opportunity to travel in their summer break from November to March (so much time!) all over the state via road trips with friends, and even with family when my mum came and visited me. I travelled the east coast by myself, including the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney and Melbourne, and went to Bali twice! The chances to travel are endless.

I couldn't recommend studying abroad enough, it matured me as an individual, prepared me for my final year, and I am so grateful for the lifelong friends I have made.

If you have any questions about studying abroad, or specific questions about Australia, please feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to help!"



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Tania Santiapillai 

Tania is a Civil Engineering student who spent a semester at the Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Malaysia.

"Studying abroad gave me a new perspective on my degree and immersing myself in a different culture allowed me to experience things I never would have imagined doing. From trekking through rainforests and exploring ancient temples, to dining on skyscraper rooftops and sunsets on sandy beaches, I had a brilliant time studying abroad.

Malaysia is an amazing country, with friendly people and great food it really offers something for everyone. I loved travelling around Asia, which can be affordable and unforgettable, with friends from all over the world.

It might seem daunting and there were moments when I was unsure, but I have zero regrets about studying abroad. It really opens your mind and broadens your horizons. You'll change and grow as a person and make lifelong friends.

If you have any questions at all or just want to find out more don't hesitate to get in touch!"



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Natasha Stewart 

Natasha is a History student who spent a semester at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, Canada.

"I was so nervous about leaving Nottingham and my friends behind, but it was the best decision that I have ever made.

Studying abroad in Canada gave me the chance to experience new opportunities; from meeting people from all over the world, to getting the chance to travel and explore another continent. I was able to surf, hike and go on endless road trips with people I am still friends with today. Also, experiencing a new culture whilst being able to study at another university has made me more independent, personally and academically. 

Studying abroad is one of the most amazing opportunities that you are able to do whilst at the University of Nottingham and with so many different options to choose from, you could also have one of the best experiences ever!

If you have any questions about Canada or study abroad in general, please feel free to contact me."



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Alexandra Townsley 

Alexandra is a Law with American Law student who spent a year at the University of Texas at Austin, United States of America.

"If you want to have the greatest year of your life, then a year abroad is for you. I spent my third year studying Law at the University of Texas at Austin, and it was the best decision I have ever made. 

Adjusting to a different way of life can be hard, but emerging myself into American and Texan culture is what I loved most. I made many life-long friends within the Law School, they pushed me outside of my comfort zone taking me hiking, paddle boarding, as well as to inviting me into their families and homes to share their lives.  

The education system in the United States is different to anything I had experienced at home, especially because Law is postgraduate. As such, learning is much more interactive and practical in nature, and I had to grow in confidence and adaptability quickly.  

Studying abroad helps not only personal growth, through extensive travelling and culture, but also developed skills which have helped my employability going forward. It is an incredible experience, one I will never forget.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch!."





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Tianna Vara

Tianna is a Business and Economy of Contemporary China student who spent a year at the Nottingham China Campus, China.

"Studying abroad has quite honestly been the best year of my life. I have had the opportunity to meet people I never would have in the UK and make international friends for life. I have also had the opportunity to immerse myself into the incredibly vibrant culture of China and try many new things such as tobogganing down the Great Wall of China or camping on the Yellow Mountains to see the sunrise.

Living in China has given me the confidence that I can do anything if I put my mind to it, such as learning a new language or overcoming a large culture shock. Study abroad has also given me the opportunity to travel to neighbouring countries such as South Korea and Japan, which I never would have visited otherwise.

I will be around to chat about study abroad, China and any other travel related questions to feel free to get in touch!"








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