Mengtong found it very easy to settle into Exeter and enjoys the international feel of the campus and exploring the gardens after her lessons. She has greatly enjoyed the challenging nature of her course and the support she has received from her personal tutor throughout the programme for the CFA examinations.
Why did you pick Exeter over other Universities?
I chose the University of Exeter Business School as it is very highly ranked amongst other UK business schools and the programmes on offer would give me strong support in my academic development as I could also take CFA examinations alongside my degree. Location was also an important factor, Exeter is a lovely city. It is very peaceful which means I can really concentrate on my work without being disturbed by a very busy environment.
What were you doing before you started your postgraduate studies at Exeter?
Before coming to Exeter, I was studying my undergraduate degree in finance at the Renim University of China in Beijing.
Why did you pick this postgraduate course?
I had received job offers after graduating from my undergraduate degree, but I decided I wanted to deepen my knowledge in finance before entering a job. I have a genuine passion and am truly interested in the finance industry, as it is a subject that provides people with all the information they need to make informed decisions such as the highest return of a portfolio or the best forecasts for the future, I love this process and wanted to learn more.
How have you found the teaching, research, lecturers, course content?
This course contains some challenging modules but I love them as they encourage me to think more and really do my research. One of my favourite modules is ‘Financial Modelling’ as I have not only been learning about financial theory, but I have also had the chance to practise this theory by applying it to real world financial issues.
How have you found the support services and the facilities?
The Business School has provided me with a lot of support both academically and in terms of my future career. I’m really grateful to my personal tutor, Jane Shen, I felt really nervous about a one-to-one meeting in the first month of term but she is so warm and kind, giving me constant praise and encouragement. We have kept in contact throughout the term and it is clear she truly cares about her students’ thoughts and always asks me how I am feeling about the programme. I’m sure I’ll stay in touch with her even after graduation.
Tell us about the campus?
The campus has so many plants and flowers, I also sometimes see squirrels, rabbits and cats on the way to my classes. I love the natural scenery on campus, when you go for a walk after classes it feels just like walking in a garden.
Did you find it okay settling into Exeter / the UK?
Settling into to Exeter was very easy for me as a Chinese student. There are lots of Chinese students in The Business School as well as in the other colleges on campus so I can always find someone in a lecture or social event from my home country. There are also three Chinese supermarkets in the city centre where I can buy all I need for cooking Chinese cuisine.
Do you feel the campus has an international feel?
Yes, I have met classmates from all around the world. Every time I walk around campus I always pass people speaking a different language. During my undergraduate degree most of the students were Chinese so it has been a great experience to meet lots of different cultures.
What are your top tips for international students thinking about studying in the UK?
Don’t just make friends with people from your home country, try to make friends with people from other countries too. It is a good chance to get some inspiration from a different culture for your social and academic life.
What has been the biggest highlight of studying at Exeter?
My programme in my mind really is the best for Finance students. I have been given a lot of support for two levels of the CFA examinations. I have already passed Level I and I am working towards Level II. All the modules on the course are relevant to the CFA exams and also provide us with real world examples which has greatly enhanced my employability.
How is your accommodation at Exeter?
I applied for Birks Grange for my accommodation and I am really satisfied with my choice. It is a studio flat, so I have my own bathroom and kitchen which are new, clean and well-equipped. The staff in the reception of the accommodation are nice and friendly and they solve any problems very quickly. It is further away from my classes than other accommodation on campus but I like the walk every day.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering your course and Exeter Business School?
The MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management programme is a very intense programme. You have to work very hard and have very strong self-study abilities because there are many topics you have to cover after class by yourself. I would also recommend preparing for your CFA exam as early as possible.
What do you want to do when you graduate?
I haven’t decided for sure but I do want to look for a role in the financial industry and my first choice would be as a fund manager.
Sum up your experience at Exeter in just four words:
Busy, happy, unforgettable, shining