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Nikolett Ofella

Hi! I'm Niki, a second-year undergraduate studying Sustainability with French in Exeter. Having said goodbye to my beloved country, Hungary, I moved to the UK in September 2016. By this time, I proudly call Exeter my new home. I met the loveliest people here and did my best to discover as much as possible in Devon, because there's plenty to do here. I'll do my best to give you guidance on how to survive your first years and make the most of your time in Exeter. :)

5 things you need to know about studying in the UK

As an international offer-holder without any experience in British higher education, I’m sure you have been wondering what classes are like at universities in the UK. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more about the different types of teaching you might be involved during your undergraduate course. This blog post is a follow-up to my ‘5 things you need to know exams in the UK’ article – be sure to check it out if you haven’t done so already! (more…)

   June 11th, 2018    Higher Education, International, Lectures and Seminars, Life on Campus, Preparing for University, Studying, Undergraduate


What is it like to work for the University?

Last week’s theme on our @exeterunilife Instagram account was WORKING FOR THE UNI. I asked students who work for the University or the Guild to talk about their experiences and shared their stories on Instagram. In case you missed it, here are the highlights of the week along with some general information about working on campus. (more…)

   April 5th, 2018    Careers, Higher Education, International, Life on Campus, Postgraduate, Undergraduate


Don’t worry, be HAPPY! :)

“Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you…”

It’s that time of term… assignments piling up, deadlines approaching, exams on the corner. Days in the library seem long and daunting and you can’t even think about Spring break at the moment. Right now, take a short break (at least to read this blogpost) and allow yourself some time to relax, smile and be happy.

On the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS, we gathered our ideas of happiness and answered the question ‘what makes you happy during this period of term’.

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   March 20th, 2018    Higher Education, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Undergraduate


My first year in catered halls at Exeter

Choosing an accommodation can be a difficult process, especially if you can’t visit the University to check out the rooms for yourself. You are left with the accommodation websiteFlickr photos and YouTube videos, which are indeed a great help to make your choice – check out this video which gives you a detailed insight into what it is like to live in Holland Hall (catered).

I opted for a catered accommodation (Mardon Hall) because I didn’t want to worry about preparing my own meals and buying all the cookware in my first year, even though I absolutely love cooking and it can be a great way of socialising as well. I did miss it but living in a catered accommodation meant that I had more time for my societies and part-time work.

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   February 27th, 2018    accommodation, International, Life on Campus, Undergraduate


5 things you need to know about exams in the UK

You might have an offer already or you might be a lucky first-year student who doesn’t have January exams. In both cases, you might be interested to learn more about what exams are like in the UK, and at Exeter in particular. This blogpost is the first of a series of three ‘5 things you need to know…’ articles so stay tuned if you want to find out more about lectures and seminars in the UK and the mysterious Flexible Combined Honours course at Exeter.

How many exams do you have? How long do they last? What is the format of the exam? When do they take place? What do you have to bring to the exam? When do you get the results?

These are the most general questions I get from new students so I thought it might be useful to address them in a blogpost. I’ve gathered some useful information below so that you have an idea of what to expect during the exam period. However, these points tend to be more general and you might find that the requirements for your course differ in some aspects.

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   February 27th, 2018    Exams and Assessment, Higher Education, Studying, Undergraduate


Merry #Exemas!

When the notorious Christmas adverts of John Lewis and all the major British retailers start appearing on TV, you know that CHRISTMAS IS COMING. End of term is approaching, Christmas decorations are being set up and you’re drowning in deadlines and exams. Such a magical time… Or is it? Well, even though you might feel overwhelmed, there are things to be thankful for, including Costa’s Gingerbread Latte and Pret’s Mince Pies. (more…)

   December 23rd, 2017    International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Undergraduate


Thinking about doing a work placement?

Studying a four-year degree with Work Abroad or Industrial Placement? Planning to move onto this programme? Keep reading, this post may be your lifebelt.

Work placements are a great way to kick-start your career, realise your potential and find the path that is right for you. I’m currently on a ‘Sustainability with French with Work Abroad’ programme, though I’ve recently become more interested in work placements in the UK simply because I think it’s quicker and easier to find opportunities in my field in the UK. (more…)

   December 4th, 2017    Careers, Undergraduate


A day in the life of an international student

It’s International Students’ Day, so I thought it would be fun to show you what one of my typical days is like so you can get a sense of what to expect as an international student in Exeter.

About me

In case you haven’t read my profile, let me dedicate a few lines to introduce myself. I’m Niki, 21, from Hungary, a second-year undergraduate at the beautiful Streatham Campus. After having changed my course 1… 2… 3 times (that’s right!), I’m now on track to get a degree title of something like ’Sustainability with French with Work Experience Abroad’. I feel that I really did find my passion in this course and I absolutely love my modules. I’m the Social Secretary of the Hungarian Society and I was part of the International Welcome Team this year, so you might have bumped into me in my bright pink T-shirt throughout Freshers’ Week. I’ve recently got the role of International Social Media Assistant at the University, which I’m incredibly excited about. (more…)

   November 17th, 2017    International, Life on Campus, Studying, Undergraduate


My Freshers’ Week

If you’re a Fresher, you’re probably taking part in a taster session, doing some shopping in the city or getting stopped in the Forum by every other person that wants you to join their societies. You’ve already been to loads of socials and taster sessions but can’t decide which ones to join, though the Activities Fair is around the corner? Wilko has run out of everything and you still don’t have forks and knives? You think you bought all the essentials and then realise you don’t have a peeler when you’re about to make some sweet potato fries? Even though you might think you’re the only one having concerns or struggling with eating a proper meal that doesn’t cost you a fortune, believe me, YOU ARE NOT!

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   September 25th, 2017    Freshers Week, International, Life on Campus, Undergraduate


It’s never too early to think about your career

Many of you may consider working alongside your studies. Whether you aim to get a part-time job during term time or look for a summer internship, the University is there to support you in your career goals. At Exeter, The Career Zone is located in the Forum and the staff is always happy to help you find employment, advise you on how to improve your CV or give you guidance on how to nail an interview.

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   July 5th, 2017    Careers, Undergraduate


Stunning landscape, flaming barrels, scones to die for – what makes Devon a must-visit destination?

When I applied for university last year, I couldn’t make it to an Open Day in Exeter. quay I tried to ask around and get as much information as I could about the campus and the area. One thing I was constantly said by friends and that was emphasised on all the websites I looked at was how beautiful the South West was and how great the weather could be here compared to other parts of the UK. As I arrived on a rather sunny weekend in September, I faced the greenest campus I could have imagined and the most amazing view I could wake up to. Even though I was yet to explore all the beauties and treasures the area had to offer, I knew instantly that I chose the right place. One year was hardly enough to discover everything I wanted and there are still dozens of places I long to go to. For now, here are some of the locations I visited and things I did during my first year, all of which I would highly recommend to anyone coming to Devon.

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   June 20th, 2017    Exploring Devon and Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Postgraduate, Undergraduate


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