Naiya Patel / BSc Economics & Management - Pursuing MSE (Economics) in UCL , London
Thinking about three years at Russell Square International College reminds of myriad of memories that made 365×3 days just fly. As most people say my Undergraduate Experience was one which has Ingrained my personality with qualities like determination and perseverance.
The feeling one has of being a University of London student is one of pride and privilege. Russell Square International College being an affiliated centre further enhances this feel by making us more exposed to the international nature of the course. The Fact that delegates like Dr. Keith Sharp, the Director of University of London International Programmes at LSE, visited Russell Square International College on 4th Sept 2013. itself allowed us to directly contribute our views about the course and the problems we as international students face.
At Russell Square International College, I have been able to learn under the guidance of some of the best teachers I ever had and have made friends for life. It won’t be a hyperbole if I say I have cherished each and every moment at Russell Square International College; from the first time I visited the college to the time we flew our graduation caps on the Final day of being Russell Square International College students. My experience here was truly been life Changing, allowing me to be a balanced and Thoughtful individual.
Ahmad Khan / BSc Business
Putting pen to paper on three of the most crucial years of my academic life isn’t the easiest thing to do. After having done two years of IB, I was already familiar with the international education system and was headed to either the UK or USA to pursue my further education. However, not being the most serious and decisive student, I didn’t make the score I needed to get into a few universities I had planned on going to. So with time lapsing and me indecisive on what I wanted to do, I heard of RSIC from a friend. Well, at first it was my last resort, an option that I would only consider if everything else didn’t work in my favour. However, when I did visit the college for counseling and my interview, I learnt a lot more about the institution. I realized that there was a lot more being offered that what I fathomed. An international education, a well-recognized global degree from the University of London International Programme and decent faculty, without leaving my city is quite dreamy. To be honest, I joined this institution with a very casual approach, all of eighteen, carefree and quite immature. One of my major problems was being punctual, which was one of the reasons I missed what was going on in class. However, as time passed, I realized the importance of being more decisive and adopting a relatively serious approach towards things. Having cleared only 3 out of 5 units in the first academic year, I put a lot of pressure on myself for the second year. Shiver me timbers! Things were that much harder. However, there were a few members of the faculty that understood me as a person and student and molded the student in me into a more attentive and confident person. Their role stretched way beyond the classroom and became guardians of my best interests. Gradually, my attitude towards work adopted a more serious, confident and decisive character and my performance improved. Three years passed like a gush of wind and the tides of time molded me into a better learner. From being a carefree, indecisive and less focused student, I now have a different way of doing things. I am much more confident, more focused and have learned the importance of time management. This institution not only offers students an opportunity to gain international education but also helps develop students in the best way possible and get them a step closer to their dreams.
I would highly recommend this course to students willing to take the challenge and plunge into the world of international education. I consider the UOL as one of the most challenging and beneficial academic environments.
Palakh Dharnidharka / Bsc Banking & Finance
Currently working at Indusind bank as an executive in the solution delivery group which is a part of the corporate and global market operations. My experience in RSIC has been the best experience. I have truly enjoyed and cherished the last 3 years and have made a set of friends who are no less than gems. The faculty is very warm and friendly and are always there to help you whenever you are in need. The TT room was like a stress buster in between lectures. It gives me immense pleasure that i am a part of such an honorable college.
Saloni Shah / BSc Economics -Pursuing MA Economics and MBA from University of Illinois
Its indeed very hard to put into words what RSIC meant to me. I was looking forward to RSIC to give me back my lost identity, my purpose and my academic intuition. The extremely challenging subjects coupled with dealing with intellectually hemorrhaging economists and statisticians and juggling 5 courses was no mean feat. But the atmosphere at RSIC was endearing to anyone who was willing to learn. I can assure anyone who walks into RSIC, will walk out a changed person, for the better of course.
Generally, I am a person who doesn’t ask for help frequently, as I attempt to be as independent as possible. However, whenever I needed that help from the faculties and the admin staff I was surprised by their willingness to assist me and support me at every step of my academic life. I would definitely recommend the future students to take the initiative and come to RSIC for the undergraduate courses offered by University of London.
Rishi Dinodiya / About Bsc Banking and Finance – Joined Family Business
On the back of two years at a junior college near my home, my attitude towards education had turned into one of indifference. The casual don’t care a damn outlook slowly grew on me and changed me for the worse. But in due course the challenging syllabuses at Russell Square reignited my thirst for knowledge and drive to ride the tides of challenge. Russell Square though a little family by Indian standards, was never lacking in terms of quality. Studying with me I found like-minded people, whether in terms of maturity or musical preferences. The smallness in numbers meant that interaction with each person was in multiple times as compared to any other institution. The teachers who guided me during my tenure at the college were more than just teachers; there were also guardians of our best interests. Their role most often stretched beyond the classroom, as they became advisors to us showing us right from wrong.
Three years at Russell Square to an outsider may seem like a small deal. But for me, it was three crucial years in which I learned more than I did in all my years at school combined, three years that shaped me into the person that I have become. The values that I gathered and experiences that I lived at the college will always remain with me. I won’t be seen around the friendly reception of Russell Square International much often but I will forever wish the best for Russell Square and hope that it grows beyond everyone’s expectations.
Apeksha Vora / Bsc Economics and Management – Diploma for Graduates in development from Uol
When I first attended the RSIC information seminar, I thought it was just another international school. Having spent three years in RSIC I realize how wrong my first impression was. RSIC is anything but “Just another international school”. Among all the things about RSIC that I admire the most, the two most important things, that set it apart and definitely better off than most other school are its infrastructure and its team of teaching and non teaching staff.
RSIC’s infrastructure, right from the classrooms to the library is excellent. They make for a very conducive environment not only for classroom teaching and tutorials but also for individual and group study. There are always empty classrooms available for student to brainstorm together and solve a particular problem or sit alone and study without the distraction of other people. The library is very well stocked with enough copies of most essential readings as well as ample number of further reading/research titles. The college also subscribes to journals and magazines that we have benefited from.
Most importantly, RSIC is home to some of the best teaching and administrative faculty in the country. I believe that the course requires teachers who not only understand the course well but are also able to facilitate students to learn and understand the course as opposed to just give classroom lectures. Most of our faculty has gone beyond what was expected of them to help us. We have spent numerous hours in their office trying to understand a concept or structure an answer and they have always been there for us. The administrative staff is also efficient and hence we have never had any issues with admissions/registrations/fees or exam schedules.
Overall I would seriously recommend RSIC to anyone who is interested in learning a course as challenging as the UOL International Programmes in the most beneficial academic environment.
Mr. Kushal Doshi / Bsc Banking and Finance – Msc. In international business from Aston Business School
Experience at RSIC cannot be penned down. I had dreamt of studying abroad after my higher secondary education but because of family pressures I was unable to do so and just then RSIC happened. And I am glad it did, and I don’t regret my decision of staying back here in India and studying further at that point of time.
This college has given me a good international based education. The intense program has provided me the knowledge and skills required to work as a professional with the ability to match the best protocols of the world. This program has strengthened my educational base. Moreover it has given me the global perspective which has been an integral part of my overall development which I would not get from any Indian degree.
Not only this beside education we have received many opportunities for overall development through enormous extra curricular activities. I will never forget the football matches. Also I need to mention our participation in various inter college fests and various dance shows. All this has been a wonderful experience.
Devanshi Sheth / Pursuing Bsc. Banking and Finance
Although it has been only one year since I entered this institution, I can see the change towards academics and life have become more open, this course is not easy, but if taken as challenge , one can easily sail through the years. When I entered this college, I wondered how I would adjust with such few students who were all strangers to me. But as the year passed by, I realized how strong my bonds with the faculty, admin staff and of course my peers had become. This college offers one of the best degrees for those who want an international experience and at the same time not go abroad. It’s not about quantity but about the quality of the education this college offer.
Sejal Shah / Mother of Saloni Shah (Testimonial of Parent)
Russell Square International College has a winning edge – its course content is fabulous. You are sure to emerge as a clear winner.
Ever since my daughter decided to pursue her bachelors in economics, I was on the look out for a college which allowed her to focus on this subject at the same time allows her time to take part in other activities. This is when we found Russell Square International College and it was a perfect match. Since day one Saloni came back home impressed with the efforts taken by the faculty to prepare orientation hand books and past papers. I remember the times she used to make excuses to bunk a day of her junior college but was pleasantly surprised to see her enthusiasm in looking forward to every day at RSIC. The parent teacher meetings were also helpful for me to understand my daughter’s progress and a great way to meet her faculty who she talks about so much. From the admin staff, to the registrar and finally the faculty, I found a genuine group of people who knew what they were doing and took a sincere effort into Saloni’s stay at RSIC. I want to thank them all for being her back bone of support all through her application procedures and for helping her get through a seemingly challenging course. A special mention goes out to Ms Rosemary Gosling who made us feel so warm and welcome into the large family of University of London International Programmes. Kudos to the management and staff at RSIC for putting up a great college and a greater learning environment.