Postgraduate Perspective- Eleni Kepelian

Stirling student Helen Kepellien

Our Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 27 November. Register now to secure your place.

Why Stirling?

My name is Eleni, and I studied the MLitt English Language and Linguistics as a full time student for one year. Speaking from my personal experience, finding your postgraduate course it’s truly a tricky process, as you have to take into account various factors before reaching a decision. After considerable thought, I chose the University of Stirling, as there was a chemistry between me and Stirling from the first interaction. Their informal and helpful approach towards prospective students, their willingness to solve my worries, as well as their proactiveness to inform me regarding funding and accommodation options is what ultimately made me to decide to come to Stirling. Nevertheless, from the first sight, I felt that I could fit in this place, as I was able to realize that I was going to be a part of a friendly, ambitious and inclusive international academic community!

Application process and funding

I found the application process quite simple and straightforward, as you have to fill in an online form with your personal details, upload your academic transcripts, a CV and a motivation letter. If you’re having any issue or you would like to ask something, you could always email the admissions office, who will be happy to assist you. Regarding funding options, as an EU student I was lucky to be funded from SAAS, which covered my tuition fees. There are plenty of funding opportunities for everyone out there according to your status and nationality, so, what I would recommend to any prospective student, is do an online search, starting from your university’s site!

Message to prospective Open Day attendees

Being able to form your own opinion about something before making such a big step always matters, so, I would say it’s worth taking a visit to Stirling and discover first hand what it can offer you! So, seize this opportunity, prepare a list of  questions to ask in advance, wear comfy shoes (campus is big and you’re going to spend the most of the day walking), and don’t forget to bring along your lunchbox!

On the day, check the program and attend any talks on topics that you’re interested in learning more about. Take notes, ask the academic staff regarding your course and your modules, explore the lecture rooms, and say yes to a campus tour, kindly offered by Stirling’s lovely student ambassadors. Nevertheless, you don’t want to arrive on your first day as a student, and miss the first hour of your lecture, because you cannot find the room (real life example- it happened to me).

 Last but not least, be yourself, don’t rush, find some time to relax and take big breaths in between the events, and,  above all, enjoy the day !

Thinking of studying at Stirling? Why not come along to our Postgraduate Open Day? You’ll be able to explore our stunning campus, learn more about our diverse range of Masters courses and PhD opportunities and spend invaluable time with our staff and students to get a taste of what life at Stirling is really like.

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