Alisha Pirbhai

International Foundation Programme

The lecturers were extremely helpful and always motivated me to do my best.

Why did you choose to come to Kent to take the International Foundation Programme?

I applied to the International Foundation Programme to help me bridge the gap between my high school qualifications and the qualifications needed to pursue an undergraduate degree.

Did you enjoy studying on the IFP? What were the highlights?

I liked that I made many friends during my IFP and the fact that we were all from different countries and different backgrounds. The IFP was very diverse which made settling into university a little less challenging.

The highlight of the IFP for me was when I won the progression scholarship, which gave me the confidence that I can succeed if I put in the work.

How would you describe your lecturers? What do you think about the level of support in your studies?

The lecturers were extremely helpful and always motivated me to do my best.

Which IFP modules have you enjoyed the most, and why?

I enjoyed all my modules, but I think my favourite module was the foundation project. The reason I enjoyed this module was that it allowed me to put all the skills I had learned into practice.

How would you describe your fellow students?

We were a small group, so it was easy to get to know all the students quite well. I made friends with most of the students from my IFP and they were incredibly friendly.

Now that you have moved on to your degree programme, how do you think the IFP has helped you in your current studies?

I gained valuable hard skills such as how to write academic essays as well as vital presentation and seminar skills. The IFP also improved some of my soft skills, such as teamwork, time management, and communication skills. These are vital skills needed for any degree programme.

What are the facilities like on campus?

I was impressed by the library and the sports centre. The staff at the facilities are also incredibly friendly and always ready to help if you need any assistance.

Did you live in University accommodation? What was that like?

During my IFP I lived in Keynes Flats. I liked that it was an en-suite accommodation, and it was centrally located to all my classes. In addition, if I wanted to go into town, the bus stop was only two minutes away from my accommodation.

What kind of career do you hope to follow when you leave, and why?

After my undergraduate degree at Kent, I would like to pursue a master’s degree in Physiotherapy as I would like to work as a physiotherapist in the future.

Any advice to somebody thinking of enrolling on the IFP?

The IFP gives you a chance to experience university life and gives you time to adapt to a new environment. I would advise people who don’t have the required qualifications to apply for the IFP as it helps to bridge the gap and also gives you valuable skills that will help you throughout university.

Describe Kent in three words.

Diverse. Supportive. Beautiful.