Claire's student experience

A French student talks about her studies at Edinburgh Napier.

Claire Vaillant, MSc Interculutral Business Communication

"Edinburgh Napier provides students with the tools to succeed not only academically but also in the workplace."

The library is a great place to study and the facilities are excellent. The library has a vast variety of hard-copy books and students have accessibility to the online LibrarySearch, which is really useful too. The computer pods and the chairs on the first floor of the Craiglockhart campus are perfect for students to relax and have a coffee during a study break, meeting or when socialising with friends. Edinburgh Napier provides students with the tools to succeed not only academically but also in the workplace. The on-campus career adviser workshops have developed my confidence for interviews and provided valuable feedback so I can tailor my CV for future employers.

I found that in comparison to other institutions, there is more student support available and it is evident that academic support and student's well being is important to Edinburgh Napier.

"One piece of advice I can give to students thinking about coming to Edinburgh is to not leave finding accommodation too late"

I always wanted to study in Scotland. I was born and grew up in France but I am half Scottish, so it was a bit like coming home for me. I have discovered a whole new Edinburgh as a student. It’s a fantastic city with loads to offer. I found I settled in more quickly than I expected, particularly as I had a room at Edinburgh Napier's Bainfield accommodation which gave me the opportunity to make friends quickly. One piece of advice I can give to students thinking about coming to Edinburgh is to not leave finding accommodation too late as there is a lot of competition for rooms.

"At Edinburgh Napier, there are lots of different clubs and societies available for students to join."

At Edinburgh Napier, there are lots of different clubs and societies available for students to join. At Fresher’s week, you can get a lot of information about what’s on offer and make new friends at the same time. I am part of Eurotalk, a language society which I joined when I first started at Edinburgh Napier. Through the society, I have met so many different people and had the chance to practice or learn a new language in a friendly environment. They even offer free tea and coffee! I joined the Universities Latin American Society – ENLAS - where I ended up as the Secretary of the society. The skills I gained with ENLAS helped me improve my CV and get a placement with a government tourism body in Spain. I am also a part of the Edinburgh Napier  Sub-Aqua society. I can't recommend it enough. It's a great way to learn a new sport, gain a diving qualification and learn about the ocean. 

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"I enjoyed my time at Edinburgh Napier so much that I decided to come back!" 

I completed my undergraduate degree in Language with Tourism at Edinburgh Napier. I started Spanish from scratch at Edinburgh Napier and managed to get to a level at the end of my four years which enabled me to move to Spain to do a masters in Tourism Planning and Management. The Spanish classes at Edinburgh Napier were great. I enjoyed my time at the University so much that I decided to come back!

I wanted to maintain my level of Spanish whilst gaining more knowledge in business communication in a more general context rather than specific to tourism. That's why I decided to study an MSc in Intercultural Business Communication. The course modules are helping me to understand cultural differences when doing international business and what strategies to use to avoid any misunderstandings. One of the modules this semester is looking at language and how it is used to convey a message in the corporate world. 

"The teaching staff have been very supportive all the way through my degree."

The teaching staff have been very supportive all the way through my degree. I was impressed by their course specefic knowledge and how their personal backgrounds have helped them teach. When I was looking to apply, one of the things that attracted me to Edinburgh Napier was how the courses all seemed skills and professional orientated rather than only based on academic theory.

"The knowledge I have gained during my time at Napier will help me to get a job in Spain where I would like to live and work."

After I finish my course I would like to work as a tourism consultant. I believe my time at Edinburgh Napier will be help me to find a job that will combine my passion for travelling and working an international environment. The knowledge I have gained during my degree will definately help me to get a job in Spain where I would like to live and work. I also want to have a job that will enable me to travel so I can work with clients from aboard. 

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