It is a really big university with a lot of international students from all over the world. Therefore, the diversity you find is huge not only in people's nationalities but also in their interests and skills. Furthermore, They have great support departments such as the Academic skills hub and Careers hub where they help students with the student and professional challenges they face. I personally have used both departments' services and I am very satisfied with the results I got from that. They have a lot of resources in the library as well which are really helpful to study, learn new things and write assignments. In addition, there are many internships and volunteering opportunities to get involved and contribute to the university, student community, or Southampton city while earning some money and/or valuable work experience.
I think the university can improve its communication with the student community. At the beginning of my studies, I felt extremely overwhelmed by the amount of information I was receiving. There are many things to know about the university, student life, rules, procedures, etc. It would be good to have all that information presented in an easier way and accessible at all times.
Also, the grading system for MSc programs is not clear, and no one explains to you from the beginning how it works. There is still a lot to do to make the grading process more transparent because not all professors provide a detailed grade descriptor of the exams and assignments and antidiscrimination measures are good for off-line exams but the online exams do not have the same measures as off-line.
In conclusion, my experience as a postgraduate student at the University of Southampton has been great. I have grown professionally and personally. However, there are still some improvements to be done in the communication of the university with the students and the grading system.
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My overall experience is that do not try this university, I did my Ph.D. in here and I am extremely annoyed and unhappy with them. Also, the local people are not welcoming to the international, both at the university and also the city.
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