For current IMFSE students half a semester passed and now we begin to prepare for the exams. Yes, the ‘hot’ season is near!
But for new applicants, another one ‘hot’ season starts. During the last 3 weeks, several people contacted me via Facebook to ask questions about our program and this is very pleasing to know that IMFSE program is getting more and more popular!
To answer the most frequently asked questions, I decided to conduct a survey among my groupmates in Edinburgh, to visualize data I made some graphs. I also added some possible questions that applicants may have during application process or later.
- Who are we, the IMFSE students in Edinburgh?
IMFSE is a worldwide program and students come from different countries. But it is interesting , that can be mentioned from the graph above, that most of my classmates came from Asia (as also me).
2. What is a gender concentration of IMFSE?
Many people think that there are not so many girls in Engineering. And they are right. There are only 3 IMFSE girls in Edinburgh and I think that in Ghent the number of girls also not prevail the number of boys.
- English – is not my native language. Will I be able to study?
For the overwhelming majority of us, English is not native language. However, it is not a problem! We are developing our communicative and language skills along with our studying.
- I have never studied anything concerning IMFSE, am I eligible to apply? / I am working in this field for 7 years, am I eligible to apply?
We all came not only from different parts of the world, but also from different study backgrounds.
Even if you don’t have any Fire Safety Engineering Experience, you are welcome anyway! Even if you have big experience in this field – you are also welcome! During this program you will definitely find things you didn’t even know about Fire Safety Engineering.
The purpose of this blog is to show for future applicants, who probably reads IMFSE blogs, that we are the same as you! Don’t worry to fail, or not to succeed whether in the application process (you can read about it in Gerard’s blog) or in the future study (about our study adventures you can read in the blog of Farah).
So after getting a positive answer from selection committee, new challenges open to you – visa, moving from home, financial affairs, finding accommodation and etc.
The latter, finding the accommodation, in Edinburgh seems to be harder than Finding Nemo.
But our Edinburgh team succeeded, and students before us also did it! So no worries! Everything will be fine.
According the survey the most of us found the accommodation due to their social skills. Some had acquaintances, some had friend here, some just talked to people in the streets and asked them about free room to rent (two of my peers found their rooms near the University exactly by this way). But if you are not very talkative or if you don’t have a Singaporian friend in Edinburgh – don’t worry! In 21st century Internet will help you (as it helped me).
Here are links from various Facebook groups for those, who will search for accommodation later.
And, to conclude, some statistics about banks, transport and service providers preferences.
Most of us preferred to use the services of Three provider. 5GB of data is around 15 pounds per month. Other providers have about the same prices, the difference is only n the amount of data you need.
Santander is a leader of banking services among us. May be that is because the office is located near the Potterrow (student centre of Edinburgh).
7 of us use the bus to get the University. About prices for transport, and also about other interesting things of Edinburgh, you can read in Kunsulu’s Edinburgh practical information blog
We all wish you a good luck ! And may the force be with you!