As a Muslim, Islam requires us to do Salat (prayer), to eat halal food and to fast. Being in new surroundings in a new country, a Muslim student might struggle to follow these worships without the necessary information and insights. Here, I will try to share my experience as a Muslim adapting to life as a student in Edinburgh.
Among the excitement of starting your new life in an exciting and dynamic capital city there comes a moment of realisation that smacks you across the face and says ‘wake up! It’s exam time! That tiny little element that you conveniently put to the back of your mind during the semester because ‘it’s ages away!’
So long did I dream about studying abroad that I still can’t believe it’s actually coming true right now. But, I really am here – right in the middle of a new chapter at the University of Edinburgh Business School.
Returning to higher education can be daunting, especially if you have been used to receiving a full time wage for some years! Then there is that last little detail……I’m now what is classed as a ‘mature student’.
Studying in a new country with a distance of 7,600 miles from your home can be quite challenging, especially if you are taking your family along. Here are several tips and tricks that might help you settle into Edinburgh quickly, and adapt to the differences in societies, cultures, weather and regulations.
My experience in Edinburgh so far has proved that coming here has been one of the best choices I have made. The culture in Scotland is very different from China, and, inevitably, life in the two countries can be a contrast. I would like to share my observations about the main differences I have noticed.
I still remember the day I received my offer letter from the University of Edinburgh. I was jubilant and super excited to begin my Master’s programme. Having lived in Delhi, India, for 22 years I knew it was time to explore the world.
There are numerous lists of awesome places to visit in Scotland, and they include awesome spots like Loch Ness (didn’t find Nessy… yet) and Edinburgh Castle (really fantastic views). Here are some of the other spots that I have enjoyed visiting since I arrived in Edinburgh.
For Louise Pirlot de Corbion, (MSc International Business 2015) planning and perseverance helped her to secure a rewarding career in the fast-paced IT sector, that has allowed her to progress quickly within a global organisation.
Welcome Week at the Business School is packed full of activities that will help you get to know the city of Edinburgh and your classmates better. Here are my favourite bits!