Being an international student and applying for universities through Clearing can feel overwhelming, but the experience was fast and easy for current BU student, Douglas Tham.
Bournemouth University is open for Clearing and accepts students from all over the world to study.
An international BA (Hons) Politics and Media student, Douglas Tham, explains how he made the most of his university experience once he’d been accepted through Clearing.
Hawaiian-born Doug had secured a place at a different university to study a different degree: he then decided this wasn’t for him and applied to BU through Clearing.
Doug wasn’t aware of the Clearing process until he decided it was an option he wanted to consider. He says, “The process was easy and not as stressful as I thought it would be. The programme coordinator at Bournemouth University helped me collect the documents I needed, and directed me to the relevant people that I needed to speak to for the application to run through smoothly.
“After sending off my documents, the response was quick and I was notified of my acceptance within a week.”
Doug has achieved more than most in the course of his studies. He’s served as President of the Politics Society (twice) and the Raising and Giving (RAG) committee, been an elected Student Representative for his course, worked as a Student Ambassador, mentored children at a local school to combat truancy and raise aspirations. He also spent time on work placement with Bob Ainsworth MP, secured funding for a trip to the European Parliament for 35 students, and still found time to work as part of the Salzburg Academy on a campaign to end educational corruption in Serbia.
Doug believes that his time at BU has helped prepare him for a future career as a diplomat, where he hopes to prevent conflicts across the world escalating into war. “After studying for three years at Bournemouth University, I can say it’s one of the best decisions I have made”
You can read more about Doug’s story on his blog.