"I arrived here not knowing a single person..."
My Experience as a New International Student
I’m Albert, a Hungarian student at the University of South Wales. I lived 19 years of my life in my home country and then decided to try something new. Now I live in Pontypridd and study International Wildlife Biology.
I arrived here not knowing a single person, which was a truly refreshing experience. I soon found out that the Welsh accent is difficult to understand and that it was going to take me some time to get used to. I also noticed that the towns here in the valleys are pleasantly nature-filled. The permanent rain doesn’t bother me too much.
The first month was tough: I had never lived on my own so I had to get independent quickly. I started learning to cook, devising shopping routes and so on. I often felt very stressed, but at the same time it was a joy to be part of this entirely new culture, place and to speak the language.
"These people became my family and assured me that my future here in Wales is in the right hands."
The campuses here are filled with internationals, so it wasn’t long until I started meeting all kinds of different people from all over the world. By the end of the first month I had already made many friends and learnt much about being independent, so the stress started to disappear.
I had never really been religious before, yet most of the friends I’ve made are Christians, since I felt strangely comfortable among them. I was eventually invited to Bethany Baptist Church, where I witnessed greater kindness than I had ever seen. These people became my family and assured me that my future here in Wales is in the right hands.
There have been a few challenges, but nonetheless living in Wales has been absolutely amazing. I know it was the right decision to take that huge step out into the world, and I hope I can stay much longer!
— Albert Kovács