Chelsea Independent College (CIC) is located in central London and is a day and boarding college for students between the ages of 14 and 19. The school population is very diverse, with students from over 30 different nationalities attending the college. The school offers small class sizes, a close-knit campus community, experienced teachers and an excellent overall education.

CIC is a great place for international students to study. It fosters a friendly and informal learning environment, allowing them to adjust to a new culture, improve their English level and achieve their potential through small class sizes, weekly exam practice, exciting social and sports activities, and support from dedicated staff. CIC is also located in the heart of one of the most multicultural and vibrant cities in the world, offering a wealth of opportunities for young people. It is not surprising that London has been voted the world’s best student city in the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2018.

- Ksenia Drobysheva, Regional Recruitment & Marketing Director, Chelsea Independent College

SchoolApply interviewed Mustafa Celik, an international student from Turkey who will soon be graduating from Chelsea Independent College.

Chelsea Independent College

Location: London, England (UK)

Student Name: Mustafa Celik

Age: 18

From: Istanbul, Turkey

Graduation: 2018

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In a few words, how would you describe Chelsea Independent College?

Confident, Family, Good experience

What made you decide to study in London and at Chelsea Independent College?

I had the choice to study in Switzerland, France, Germany, the UK, and the United States. I chose London because I wanted to study English in England and learn it in depth. I knew that the UK is well known for its excellence in university and college education. I also wanted to study in a city rather than the countryside and CIC was the best school for my chosen course and it is located in a central city area.

Did you have any problems adjusting to life in a new country and university?

Before coming to the UK, I was studying in Dubai as that is where my family was at the time. When I first came to London, it was a bit hard for me because it was my first experience staying in school boarding. But my boarding house staff helped me a lot and after getting to know other students, I got used to my new environment.

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What are you studying at CIC and what are your plans after you graduate?

I joined the college when I was 15 years old and I will now complete my Foundation Year program at CIC in three weeks. Next, I hope to study law at City University of London as I want to be a solicitor. After earning my law degree, I plan to gain some work experience, then complete a Master’s Degree program and then maybe work in international companies.  

What were your first impressions of Chelsea Independent College?

I arrived in the UK with my dad and the first night I slept in the residence hall, I felt a little bit lonely. But after meeting other students, I quickly adjusted, because I realized I was not alone in my experience.

My first class at the college felt a bit strange to me as I had never studied in an English school on my own. It was difficult for me at first, but with the support of my teachers, I settled in quickly. The faculty and staff at CIC are very helpful with studies and coursework and also give good advice on how to improve grades and get into our first-choice universities.

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How does Foundation differ from other programs you have studied?

The NCUK Foundation program allows you to learn specific subjects over a short period of time. It is more focused. For example, I only study humanities, which means I don’t have to take other subjects. My favorite class is politics, which is what initially sparked my interest in studying law.

Tell us about London and the things to do around town.

I like going out with my friends. I have always lived in a city center – Istanbul, Dubai and now London. I love to see people bustling around and I like having easy access to shops, malls, restaurants and nightlife.  

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Do you take part in any extracurricular activities at CIC?

I take part in the Debate Club, which will be useful for my law degree. I also joined the school’s Football Club.

How has Chelsea Independent College prepared you for life after college?

I believe it has helped me become more mature and prepared me to handle real life on my own. When I came to CIC, I was only 15 years old and now I am 18. I grew up a lot and my way of thinking has changed during my time here. My knowledge has expanded, not just in academic subjects, but my general knowledge too. We discuss everything at college – not only politics and the Parliament, but the society, current affairs, global issues and more.

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What would you say to international students who are considering studying at Chelsea Independent College? Would you recommend this experience?

Having knowledge is key. My dad couldn’t go to university due to financial constraints, but he always says, “Get as much knowledge as you can, it will help you for life, even if you are getting it from just talking to a friend.”

I would tell any student to come to CIC. I was hesitant at first about coming to London, as I thought adjusting to the life was going to be hard. But nothing is easy in life and if you want to have a good future and education, then you should definitely join this school. At Chelsea Independent College, you receive a lot of support and guidance because here you are really treated like family, with students and teachers working together to help you achieve your goals and ambitions.

If you are interested in applying to Chelsea Independent College, click on its SchoolApply profile page to get more information and submit your application.