During my time at London Gates, i didn’t just fell in love with learning again, but also i made a lot of friends, with whom i’m still in touch. This is no ordinary education centre – teachers really put their heart and soul in their subject and fascinating classes flew by quickly. What i’ve learned here helped me in my school, but most importantly i was able to achieve my goal and got a place on a course for my desired specialty in university in Great Britain.

It has not always been easy, but at London Gates there were people who always supported me and helped along the way, and every minute i spent in London Gates is dear to my heart and memory.

What London Gates means to you?
London Gates gifted me with an opportunity to meet new people and being able to see certain things from their perspective, when i was trying to perceive what was going around me. To not be afraid of being different, at the same time respecting existing traditions. To find your own personal opinion and know my take on things, therefore becoming more active contributor to my own life. An opportunity to be heard and to listen. To ask questions, discuss and think. London Gates became something much bigger than i imagined at first and London Gates allowed me to become something more myself. And still does.
What advice can you give to our students?
Don’t be afraid. And at the same time explore your own discomfort zone.

London Gates has many great teachers that make learning easier and are interesting to talk to. Their lessons were always fascinating and useful. I understood, that A-level programme is pretty standard, with repeating given methods over and over again. But exactly at London Gates teachers can make it better and more useful, extend its boundaries and share personal experience.

In 3 years at London Gates, i fell in love with this place, it became home. I met a lot of interesting people here, with whom i still communicate, that’s why London Gates not only gave me an opportunity to get in one of the best universities in England, but also has enriched me morally. I will definitely recommend  our centre to my frineds, who are interested to study abroad.

Tell us please what course have you finished at London Gates?

First, one year of Prep-course, then two years of A-level programme. I studied economics, russian language, mathematics and took exams on all of those.

Where are you learning right now?

At Durham University in Great Britain. I study Accounting and Finance.

Why did you choose this University and that programme?

I have always been interested in economics, and at first i planned to work in this area. Later when i started to attend Open Days at universities, i talked to the professors, learned more about each programme and understood that it’s much more interesting for me to study Finance, because this speciality is in great demand.

Were you always planning on getting in british universities or were you considering studying in Russia as well other countries?

I was considering getting in one of Russia’s universities, because i was not completely confident. I took SATs and even enrolled in different universities but then i got an acceptance letter from Durham and decided to go there.

And in Britain were you enrolling only in Durham?

No, also in Surrey, Exeter, Lancaster, Bristol.

What’s your favorite subject?

That’s a hard question. Mainly it depends on the professor and what he does to make his subject interesting. I like everything that i study, but more than anything – Management Accounting and Finance.

Что тебя больше всего удивило, когда ты переехала в Британию? Может быть, не удивило, но порадовало или расстроило? What surprised you the most when you’ve arrived in Britain? 

Frankly it was a bit different from what i expected. I thought that all the guys would be from different countries and it would be harder for me to make friends. But everything turned out to be simple: we all live together in our dorm almost as a family. Speaking of education i was pleased that first quarter of the programme was basically what i have learned in London Gates A-level course, so that really helped me to adapt and socialize.

How was your first day in Durham?

First day was pretty hard. I came into an empty room, where i was supposed to live and i had to go on the run to different stores buying everything from frying pans to bedsheets. And in afternoon our College organised Quiznight for international students.

What things you had to learn in Britain?

Firstly – cooking! And to be more tolerant, because i meet people of different nationalities, cultures, and everyone has his habits and characteristics, that may be alien to us and i learn to accept them. Speaking of education i had to keep up with the new rhythm – my schedule consists of 2-3 hours of classes a day, so at first that’s a bit underwhelming but then i came to the conlcusion that i can put my free time to use.

What’s your favorite place in Durham?

Franky speaking i don’t live in Durham, our University has 2 campuses, one that i study in is located in small town one hour away from Durham. Durham itself is a beautiful old town with a Cathedral chruch in which we had our inititation. Durham is a typical british university city.

With whom do you hang out and study?

There are several russian students in my campus, but mostly i’m friends with foreigners from different countries: India, Italy, Kazakhstan and Britain. I really like our multinational collective, because we are all different and everyone brings something to our group, but at the same time we are alike in many things. Almost all of my buddies are in my class, so we practically spend all the time together.

What do you miss the most?

Of course my friends and family. Also i miss my old way of living a little bit, when i knew what’s happening and i had less resposibility on my shoulders.

Can you give a piece of advice to A-level students?

Study! It is much easier to study subjects in University when you have been preparing for A-level exams on said subjects before. When you prepare for A-level exams you’ve got much more time for each topic, you are able to get additional consultations. Also do your homework, you can be really sorry when you’re just 2 points away from achieving your dream. Studying at London Gates helped me a lot: constant communication in English helped me with socializing in new environment. Also i found out the characteristics of British Education, learned how to write essays, which are assigned at almost every subject.

What are you studying?

Biomedical sciences.

Which other universities did you apply to?

King’s College London, University of Sussex and Queen Mary University of London. I received conditional offers from all of them.

And what led you to make this choice?

Here there is the opportunity to switch to the faculty of medicine. I would like to get in there, but I have to study really hard to have a chance.

How did you choose the universities to apply to?

I read up a lot on the universities and listened to the advice of friends.

Do you have friends in London?

Yes, Lena, a London Gates graduate, who is currently studying at King’s College London.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

If I study biomedicine, I will stay in Great Britain; if I can switch to medicine, I will return home to work.

Are you worried?

I have learned my results, so the main worry has past. There are a just a few domestic issues to resolve, get the documents together and get something sorted with the student accommodation. That said, the most difficult thing, the exams, are already behind me.

What advice would you give to those who are sitting their A-Levels now?

Don’t skive! You cannot sit back and relax; you have to try and pass everything well the first time round. It is important to do your homework and listen to your teachers; they really are superb.

Is there anything else you would like to say?

Yes, I would like to say a big thank you to London Gates Education Group for their assistance in compiling my personal statement. Your personal statement really is a key element. Universities don’t always take on students with the highest grades if they see there is high motivation on the part of the applicant. I advise you to devote particular attention to your personal statement!

What are you studying?

A BSc in biomedicine (Biomedicine Faculty)

And what led you to make this choice?

I had little time to make a choice, but I did manage to read loads of reviews by students and I looked at a number of ratings. What I liked most was that there are many hospitals near to King’s College and the university is famous for so many discoveries in natural sciences, the most famous of which is the discovery of DNA.

Do you have a favourite subject?

I enjoy all my subjects and not one stands out as a particular favourite for me. The professors are always there to help and the way they teach means you can’t help but fall in love with the subject.

What surprised you most in Britain?

The weather. Everyone says that London is a city in the fog and that it is always raining here. I think they say that because they’re jealous! The weather here is simply wonderful! It is sunny most of the time and the temperature remains above ten degrees in the winter. Of course it does rain, but nowhere near every day and it usually passes in about 5 minutes. Perhaps I have just been lucky here.

How did you spend your first day at university?

To be honest, I felt pretty down on my first day and it didn’t go without tears. Perhaps I was also a little terrified. “All alone in a strange town” doesn’t sound all that great. Others say, “It is so great: you have your freedom, no more parents; it’s like a new life”. However, the thought that you are now independent, that your parents can’t help you out just like that and everything you have grown used to is all in the past all make you stop and think. That said, you get used to things quickly and by the second day I was already settled in my student digs and with an positive outlook on the future.

What did you have to learn that was new?

The first thing was to organise my time and I had to be really good at it, too, to ensure I could manage everything and not miss anything out: lectures, homework, additional work, entertainment and sport. Second, I had to write various kinds of scientific articles. This was something particularly new for me.

And what is your favourite place in the city?

I like to walk along the South Bank in the evening; it is beautifully illuminated at this time. There are many buskers and great little cafés there. If you want to get to know the city, you have to do as much walking as you can. And London really is a beautiful place.

Who do you spend time with and study?

I spend time with my friends from London Gates and with friends from other countries, including from China, Italy, India and even Ukraine.

And what do you miss the most?

I miss home-cooked food the most. Soup, in particular.

What would you advise students who are currently sitting their A-Levels?

When you send off your application to universities, never undersell yourself; you really must apply to at least one of the top universities. You have to believe in yourself! It is difficult to understand why such universities as UCL and Imperial College sometimes take students with ABB, but reject others who have AAA. You should not underestimate the role your Personal Statement plays either. You should devote particular attention to it. And when you do get to university, don’t get hung up on only having to study: university opens up so may new opportunities for you. You can join all manner of clubs and societies. Get out and socialise! Oh yes, and good luck with your exams!

 What are you studying at UBC?

Economics and Computer Science.

And what led you to make this choice?

Vancouver always appealed to me. I knew it was a great city, with an ocean nearby and squirrels everywhere. And all of that was true! And it’s really pleasing to breathe here. When it comes to my speciality choice i chose economics long ago: it’s a family business, my aunt and my dad are also economists. When i was choosing my second programme i proceeded from a starting point that i like mathematics and logic. Finally at the University i  was drawn to active student life: there are lots of hobby clubs, students volunteer. At UBC there is no distance between students and professors; we meet at lunch time, and they find an individual approach to every student.

Do you have a favourite subject?

I would say Computer Science. It’s being taught in the second semester, also Advanced Physics. All these subjects are being taught by talented pedagouges, curricula is really interesting, but i would not say it’s easy. Within the course of Computer Science students conduct seminars as volunteers for other groups, and that’s an incredible experience!

What surprised you most in Canada?

Canadians like to walk barefoot and are completely fine with sitting on the floor. Also Canada is a very diverse country when it comes to nationalities.

How did you spend your first day at university?

Welcome day was pretty busy. At first University president and teachers gave their commencement speeches, that made me feel lika a part of the University. And then there was an Ice Bucket Challenge right on the stage! After that student clubs took the stage and introduced themselves – turns out we have a lot of similarities when it comes to spending free time with great use.

What did you have to learn in Canada?

Cooking! My biggest accomplishment – i learned how to cook borsch and introduced this dish to my friends. Also because of the economy crysis i had to get a job, and learn how to do it all – pay for everything except my education

And what is your favourite place in the city?

I’d say campus. It’s really pretty there. Everything is green, fountains, flowers.

Who do you spend time with and study?

I have friends from Iran, they come from a family of programmers. One of them is an engineer – hard-working, smart but really shy guy. He was able to solve a problem that scientists for many years could not!

And what do you miss the most?

Of course family, i really want to be close to them. But it usually comes when you feel down or have nothing to do. I am always busy and that’s good for me.

What would you advise students who are currently sitting their A-Levels?

Mathematics exam is not that hard, you can pass it even without training; same comes to Statistics. You must be focused when it comes to taking exams and keep you eye on the clock – that’s the only way to answer all questions in time. And finally don’t be afraid to change something: it is never too late to star something new if you really want this and believe!

What are you studying?

A BSc in biochemistry (Biochemistry Faculty).

And what led you to make this choice?

Before I began applying for university, I made a list of all universities in the UK in descending order of grade requirements for entry, meaning starting from AAA for UCL and ending with ABB for Nottingham. When the results came out, I realised I had got a place at UCL, so I was delighted.

Do you have a favourite subject?

Chemistry for biologists and geneticists. I love chemistry because of the fascinating laboratory work and the high quality of the teaching. I love genetics because of the lecturer, who clearly loves his subject and speaks about it beautifully.

What surprised you most in Britain?

I would tell you about the huge number of oddballs on the streets but you would just edit that out. There were lots of little things that took getting used to, such as the high prices for public transport, the odd arrangement of the sinks, with separate taps for hot and cold water and other things.

How did you spend your first day at university?

Well, there were the usual chores of running around, buying pillows, bedding, crockery, cutlery, kettles, exercise books, pens and the like. Nothing interesting to speak of, really.

What did you have to learn that was new?

NOT TO BE LAZY. You can’t imagine how tired I am of not being lazy. There was also learning how to plan my time and prioritise tasks.

And what is your favourite place in the city?

My bed. I also recommend everyone to visit Regent’s Park.

Who do you spend time with and study?

I spend time with my friends and with other students on my course, who come from various countries.

And what do you miss the most?

We all really miss the soups, especially borscht. Sometimes I miss the snow, too 🙂

What would you advise students who are currently sitting their A-Levels?

DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!! If I hadn’t done all my homework, there would have been no chance of getting a place at UCL.