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Hear from students who have completed the International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme. They share their experiences of living and learning at Queen Mary and tell us what they did next.

Naresh, United Arab Emirates

Progression: MEng Communications Engineering at Queen Mary University London

After obtaining my IGCSEs in Dubai, I enrolled onto the International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme at Queen Mary, University of London. Queen Mary is the only campus-based university in central London and you get to meet different people from different parts of the world. The ISEFP is taught on the main campus so you are part of the university student life. 

My worries and anxiety prior to the course were soon eased as I made a lot of friends and found the lectures to be  detailed and clear. The staff were very helpful with provision for academic guidance, counseling and support. I thoroughly enjoyed the ISEFP and was admitted to the MEng programme. Social life and studies at Queen Mary are well balanced. It is a great opportunity to study at Queen Mary and I am sure that your time here will be as interesting and enjoyable as mine.

Mohsin, Iran

Progression: MEng in Mechanical Engineering at Queen Mary University London

I completed my high school in Iran and did my IELTS in a language school in London before studying on the ISEFP in 2006. The ISEFP at Queen Mary was a great chance for me to become more familiar with university life. Being on campus and attending lectures in the main buildings made me feel like a real student. The support that we received both for our academic studies and with our UCAS applications makes the ISEFP the best foundation course that I know of. I passed with an overall A average.

Getting an A grade is not easy but it is possible if you work hard and focus on your studies. I am currently enrolled on MEng in Mechanical Engineering at Queen Mary. I decided to study the ISEFP because the Iranian Pre-University qualification is not sufficient to get into most of the good universities across UK. I believe the foundation course is the best way to get ready for any degree, especially for international students. I stayed in campus accommodation which is the best, cheapest and easiest place to live if you are new in London. After finishing my degree I would like to work for a company for 1 or 2 years before starting my own business.

Chinwe, Nigeria

Progression: BSc Biochemistry at University College London,
Medicine Bachelor, Bachelor in Surgery (MBBS) at Queen Mary University London

I completed the International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (ISEFP) at Queen Mary, University of London in June 2006 and started a BSc Biochemistry at University College London in September of that year. I completed the BSc in June 2009 and I am currently on an accelerated 4year Graduate Entry Programme M.B.B.S. at Barts and The London Medical School. 

Prior to the ISEFP, my maximum qualification was the WASSCE. I didn’t do any A/Levels before or after the ISEFP I went straight on to study for my undergraduate degree at one of the top universities in the world. The course content of the ISEFP is intellectually challenging and highly stimulating. It keeps you very interested and compels you to study in depth helping you achieve the high levels of success required to progress. It is also constantly evolving and adapting to keep up with changes and advancements in the world of science – just like a good course should.

After the ISEFP I went on to obtain a First Class Honours in an undergraduate degree at one of the best universities in the world. Subsequently, I have a place on one of the most competitive medicine programmes in the United Kingdom. So, it is fair to say, the programme places you in a position to compete effectively with your peers from various academic backgrounds. It serves as a good springboard to launch you into a wide range of academic possibilities.

The ISEFP is run on the main university campus at Mile End which offers a friendly environment in which to study. There is a wide range of very good academic and social facilities on the campus and these are continually improving. I would definitely recommend the ISEFP at Queen Mary, University of London to students considering their options for higher education in the United Kingdom.

Jie, China

Progression: BEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London,
MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Imperial College, London),
Currently working for IBM, London

I completed the ISEFP in 2005. After completing a fantastic year of studying I enrolled at University College London (UCL) to study for a degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. I completed my MEng degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Imperial College, London. I am currently working for IBM in London. 

The ISEFP course was the most incredible course I have ever studied. It has provided me not only the excellent lectures, but also with a friendly, supportive study atmosphere. Whenever I had problems, there were always people from the department keen to offer help. The drop-in study centre was also regularly available to help students. Coming from China it was also rather exciting to study with people from all over the world. The ISEFP course was totally worth studying. My brother also studied on the ISEFP.

Rameez, India

Progression: BEng AeroSpace at Queen Mary University London

The Queen Mary ISEFP programme increased my level of confidence and made me more optimistic about my career. The services provided on the course helped me to achieve the good results that I achieved. I had regular meetings with my tutor, staff were supportive, students were given individual feedback on their progress and we received help with our UCAS applications. The course directed and fine-tuned me to achieve more in my upcoming years. The quality of teaching was so extraordinary that I decided to remain at QMUL for my undergraduate degree.

Noradila, Malaysia

Progression: BEng Computer Engineering at Queen Mary University London

I joined the  ISEFP at Queen Mary in September 2006 immediately after completing  SPM in Malaysia. In this one year of ISEFP I enhanced my knowledge in Science, Mathematics and English. Since the programme was conducted on campus, I had the opportunity to experience campus life well before I started my degree programme. I found the ISEFP very challenging and interesting. I think the course is the best foundation programme in the UK as the staff care not only about academic performance but also personal problems. I did extremely well in the exams and was offered a number of places to study for a degree programme in the UK. I chose to study BEng in Computer Engineering at Queen Mary because I believe that this University is one of the best in the UK. I enjoyed studying at Queen Mary. 

I would recommend  the ISEFP  to anyone who wishes to study in the UK but does not meet the admission requirements for direct entry to degree studies.

Sesi, Nigeria

Progression:1st Year Biomedical Science at Newcastle University Medicine Bachelor,
Bachelor in Surgery (MBBS) at Newcastle University

I’ve wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember. On completion of my A levels in Nigeria I applied to study Medicine in the UK. I didn’t get any offers from the six universities I applied to because I was 17years old (you must be 18years old). I did not want to waste a year so I went to an education agent who told me about Queen Mary’s International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme. In September 2006 I enrolled onto the ISEFP at Queen Mary. I found the course challenging yet enjoyable and made a lot of friends from different countries. 

On completion of the programme I got useful, comprehensive advice on which degree programme to pursue, as well as help with my personal statement and UCAS form. I started a BSc in  Biomedical Science at Newcastle University but after the first year I was offered a place on the MBBS programme in the Medical School of Newcastle University.  This was because I had very good A level grades, excellent grades on the ISEFP and excellent grades in my first year of biomedical sciences.
It can be done if you work hard!

Irina, Russia

Progression: Biology at University College London

My time on the International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme at Queen Mary, University of London has left me with positive, happy memories. I met great people including the teaching staff and other students. I really enjoyed our practical classes on the Biology course. As a mature student from the Former Soviet Union, it was  difficult  to start from scratch, especially as English is not my first language. At Queen Mary, I was lucky to have people who believed in me and gave me a chance to achieve what I wanted to. 

After the ISEFP I choose to study Biology at UCL. I am hoping to become a professional scientist after completing my postgraduate study

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