Italian Translation BA student Alessia Galeazzi discusses her decision to move to the UK to pursue both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at London Met.
Why did you decide to study at London Met?
I decided to study at London Met because I think they have one of the best interpreting courses in the UK, the best in London.
Why did you want to study in London?
My choice of moving to London wasn’t related to university actually! I decided to come here three years ago with a friend. We wanted to spend the summer in London and gain some work experience. After a couple of months, my friend went back to Italy and I decided to stay. I knew that London would offer many more opportunities for me and now I can say I did the right thing.
How did you find the experience of moving to another country?
Moving to a different country wasn’t easy at the start. I must say I was lucky as I didn’t come on my own, but with a friend. By the time she went back to Italy I had already met other people so I have never really been on my own. For me, the most difficult thing was being apart from my family but it’s just a matter of getting used to it! They come to visit or I go to Italy quite often which is good.
What has been your favourite part of the Conference Interpreting MA?
My favourite part of the Conference Interpreting MA is probably being able to work with many professionals in the industry. Also, our lecturers always made sure we got the most out of our course, even when we had to move teaching online because of COVID-19. I had the chance to meet and work with people from many different countries and learn more about their culture.
What do you hope to do after graduation?
After graduating I’d like to start working as soon as possible. I’m eager to start my dream job and I’m sure it won’t be difficult having received the best preparation ever.
What would you say to an international student considering a degree with London Met?
I did my Translation BA at London Met and I’m currently finishing my Conference Interpreting MA. Both study experiences were great! The University is very inclusive and staff and lecturers are always available and ready to help. There are also great facilities at London Met. I loved going to the library, especially during my undergraduate degree!
The Students’ Union is very active and they organise activities quite often. There are also sports teams and societies that you can join and this is the perfect way to meet new people.
I know that not knowing what is ahead of you or who your classmates are can be stressful at the beginning, but don’t worry, it is going to be an amazing experience.
"The University is very inclusive and staff and lecturers are always available and ready to help. There are also great facilities at London Met. I loved going to the library, especially during my undergraduate degree!"