Adrien explains how his Postgraduate Taught Scholarship has allowed him to focus on studying for his LLM European Legal Studies. He also praised Cardiff’s multi-cultural and student-friendly atmosphere.
Can you tell us a little bit about the programme in your own words?
“The program I follow this year is mainly theoretically orientated, in the sense that we have to do lots of library researches and thus to read lots of theoretical stuffs. During the year we have to achieve four theoretical essays (one in each module) and one theoretical dissertation. Nonetheless, in each module the lecturers also try to provide some problematic and explanations which referred to vocational issues.
“In Competition Law (one of my modules), I have had the opportunity to attend three interesting guest lectures during the second semester. Each of them concerned one specific point of the program and provided detailed explanation on it.
“The classes are composed of international students from all round the world. It is an opportunity to learn about others cultures and also to exchange with them about the different system of law all around the world.”
What did the Postgraduate Taught Scholarship mean to you?
“From my point of view, a Postgraduate Taught Scholarship is a chance that put the student in the best position to succeed his postgraduate year. It encourages the student to continue to work hard and to do his best. It is also a commitment to be an ambassador and to effectively represent Cardiff University during this year and after.”
Have you been able to secure funding from other places, how else are you supporting your studies?
“In addition, of the Postgraduate Taught Scholarship, I received a grand from the French government. I also worked during the last summer to secure some funds. I chose to not have a job during the year to be more focused on my studies.”
What were your motivations for undertaking a postgraduate degree?
“My mais motivations for undertaking a postgraduate degree were to learn in depth some specific field of the law (especially Intellectual Property Law and International Sales Law), but also to have the opportunity to discover another study system.”
Why did you decide to do your postgraduate degree at Cardiff?
“My French university (Nantes University) has an agreement with Cardiff University. Each year at least ten students from Nantes Law University come to study at Cardiff Law School, also I was well-informed on the postgraduate degree and the life in Cardiff. I only heard good things from previous students. I was interested in Cardiff because of the reputation of its’ courses and because the city is very student-friendly.”
Is there anything about your postgraduate course that has stood out in your experience?
“The availability and the kindness of the University staff. They do their best to facilitate our integration and put us in the optimal conditions to study.”
What do you think of Cardiff as a place to live as a postgraduate?
“Cardiff is an excellent place to live as a postgraduate student. Due to the large community of students with lots of international students, Cardiff is a lively city and is the best place to meet students from different backgrounds.
“Concerning the accommodation, there is a wide range of University residences. Moreover, there are lots of sport facilities and cultural activities for those students who wish to be engaged in activity during their spare-time.
“The most convenient thing about Cardiff is that you can get anywhere by walking. Finally, I would like to underline the kindness of the Welsh people who have helped to make this year so pleasant.”
How do you think your postgraduate course will contribute to your future career plans?
“During my postgraduate course I have improved my knowledge in European law and my skills in English. Thus, the LLM completes my law formation (French undergraduate and master degree) and provides an international dimension to my skills. In the future, I would like to become a lawyer and the LLM will give me the opportunity to deal with European cases.”
Has studying for a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University lived up to your expectations?
“Studying for a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University has lived up all my expectations. I had competent and interesting lecturers who helped me to improve my skills in European Law. I met lots of students from different field of study and from different countries and many of them have become some of my very good friends. I learned a lot about them and about their culture.
“The Graduate Centre day-trips have allowed me to visit many places of interest around the UK, including Bath, Birmingham, London and Oxford. During this year I also discovered lots of interesting things about Welsh culture, including Cardiff Castle and watching a rugby match in the Millennium Stadium.”
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