London South Bank University (LSBU) is a public university located in London, England. The school was founded 125 years ago with the intent to focus on vocational education, and this purpose continues to the present day. With almost 15,000 students enrolled, LSBU offers students personalized learning and academic and career support.

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SchoolApply interviewed Adel Abbes, an international student currently enrolled in LSBU, to find out what makes the college a great place to study, grow and learn.


Location: London, England (UK)

Student Name: Adel Abbes

Age: 21

From: Algeria

Graduated: October 2019

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Favorite class:  My favorite class is marketing, which is what I will be specializing in during my third year at LSBU. I have a passion for marketing because of how it allows companies of any size to sell their products and services in different ways.  

Favorite school event:  The skills swap event that allowed students and business owners from the Clarence Centre (Enterprise and Innovation at LSBU) to network and share what skills are needed and which ones can be offered.

Three words to describe London South Bank UniversityIntegrity, Equality, Creativity

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Tell us a little about yourself. What were your school experiences like before London South Bank University?

I am an international student from Algiers, Algeria. I have visited many countries around the world, including Malaysia, the UAE, Oman, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, France, Spain, Turkey and Morocco. So far, I have only studied in the UK for intensive English courses and for my Business course. I obtained my Baccalaureate Degree in 2013 in Algeria after undergoing the French curriculum for college and high school.

Why did you decide to pursue your higher education in the UK?

I decided to study in the UK because their degrees are recognized all around the world and they have a great reputation amongst employers. I joined LSBU after undergoing the International Year One program with CEG OnCampus.

What degree are you pursuing? What made you decide on studying this?

I am actually doing the Business Studies BA course. I have always been interested in finding out more about the business world in order to potentially start one or more companies for myself in different sectors.

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Did you have any problems adjusting to life in a new city or college? If so, how did you overcome these?

I have not really had any problems moving to London as I visited the city a couple of times before moving. On top of this, I have travelled around the world and visited many countries, so I am open to change and managed to adapt quickly to my new environment.

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What has your experience been like as an international student at London South Bank University?

My experience had been good so far. I have received considerable help from the International Office, which made my transfer very smooth by assisting me throughout the process. There are many international students at LSBU which makes it a bit easier when it comes to interacting with others students, whether it’s for academic or social purposes.

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What were your first few days at London South Bank University like?

I am not living in the university residence halls, however, in my first few days, I did not feel any different than any other student and the integration was very smooth.

Do your current studies support your interests and talents?  

Yes, my current studies allow me to gain a deeper understanding of the business world in different industries from the perspective of both employers and employees.

Have you held a job while studying?

Yes, I worked for the university as a Student Ambassador.

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What are your plans after you graduate?

I have not concretely decided what I will be doing after graduation. However, I am happy that I have far more options now compared to if I had graduated in my home country.

What would you say to international students who are considering studying at London South Bank University?

The location is definitely something very important as it allows students to benefit from what central London has to offer on different levels, whether if it is for work, business, or social and networking events.

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