Edinburgh Napier University is a public university located in Edinburgh, Scotland in the United Kingdom. With a student population of over 20,000 students, there are 3,500 international students from over 140 different countries creating a rich and diverse campus community.

If you looking for a modern, innovative, culturally diverse and picture perfect university, Edinburgh Napier University is the perfect fit. With over 3,500 international students, we are proud to be one of the UK’s leading institutions for international students. We work closely with our students offering them any support they may need before, during and after their studies. We believe this support, our course industry links and our beautiful location makes our university experience unforgettable.

Claire Hope, International Partnership Manager, Edinburgh Napier University

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SchoolApply interviewed AJ Alromaithi, an Emirati student in her final year at Edinburgh Napier University, to learn more about Edinburgh Napier and what international students can expect from the university.

EDINBURGH NAPIER UNIVERSITY  

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

Student Name: AJ Alromaithi

Age: 21

From: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Graduation: 2019

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Favorite school event:

My favorite school events are when there are stands set up at the university for a bake sale or for information because who doesn't love cakes and free stuff?

Favorite class:

I took an architectural technology class and I loved it because I got to experience a different subject. Another class I really enjoyed was parallel programming because the teacher made it fun and interactive. He really cared about the students, their experience and if they were learning and how much.

Five words to describe Edinburgh Napier University: Technology, Innovation, Hands-on, Industrious, Open

Tell us a little about yourself…

My name is AJ Alromaithi and I'm from Abu Dhabi, UAE. I am 21 years old and in my last year at Edinburgh Napier University completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Cyber Security and Forensics.

When I was younger, my family traveled to many places around the world but I have not lived anywhere else except Abu Dhabi. When I was in my first year at my other university, I did travel to Washington, DC to intern at Children's National and build a mobile app for doctors.

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What were your school experiences like before university?

I went to a private school in Abu Dhabi called International School of Choueifat – Khalifa City. It was a very difficult school. My parents and I were not on the same page when I graduated from high school as I wanted to study abroad but they wanted me to stay in the UAE. I ended up studying at a university in Abu Dhabi for two years, after which I transferred to Edinburgh Napier University for my sophomore year.

How did you hear about Edinburgh Napier University and what made you decide to study in the UK?

The main reason I chose Edinburgh Napier was because they had the major I was interested in studying and it recently received a new accreditation. I learned about the university after a lot of online research.

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

It was hard at first to adjust to a new city and a new university. Academically, it was challenging but I like a good challenge. I enjoy learning both theory and practical skills in my classes. Socially, it took me longer to adapt and make friends and it was challenging to find things to do that I enjoy. However, I eventually found a good group of friends and they made it easy for me to have fun and enjoy my time at university.

What were your first few days at Edinburgh Napier University like?

I was very nervous before my first class – I calmed myself down by having some tea before my lecture. Initially, I was very focused on studying and did not experience much of the community life in my first few days. However, there were people all around me that helped me when I was stuck in my classes or labs. I like the campus very much because it has John Napier's house incorporated into it – in fact, it is one of the reasons I chose this university!

What has your academic and social experience been like as an international student at Edinburgh Napier University?

Edinburgh is an old town with beautiful architecture and cold weather. It has many parks around the city center where students can hang out with friends or study. There are many opportunities for international students to get together or get a taste of home through events occurring around the city or on campus.

Edinburgh Napier University highly encourages work placements. The lecturers have a lot of industry experience, they are not just academics. This helps students truly understand what they will be facing in the real, professional world. Edinburgh Napier University also has a Careers Office that helps students find work placements and also organizes employer events and helpful workshops.

Do you have a job while studying?

I started working as an International Student Ambassador at the university. It has been a very nice experience and I have met a lot of new people and have made many new friends.

Do you take part in any extracurricular activities?

During my time at Edinburgh Napier University, I have done some volunteer work and helped raise money for charity. I have learned different languages and have attended ENUSEC events – ENUSEC is a cyber security student society. I also enjoy creative activities such as art, drawing and painting, sculpting, dancing, pottery and Kung Fu. I also host dinner parties to meet new people and have intellectual conversations.

What would you say to international students who are considering studying at Edinburgh Napier University?

Come to Edinburgh Napier University if you are looking for a welcoming community of hard-working students, engaged staff and interesting studies. It is a place where you will gain hands-on experience and practical skills to attain your dream job.

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