Naveen from Australia: finding a new home in England

20 August 2019
International students in Durham University library

My time at the International Study Centre over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year provided me with countless memories, new experiences and an exposure to an abundance of new people. Walking into Infinity House upon my arrival, my mind was rattled with nervous thoughts and emotions of anxiety – unsure as to whether or not I would fit into such a new environment. However, as the following weeks rolled on, these emotions subsided as friendship groups developed and a routine of 9am classes and ready meals became the norm.

Durham University International Study Centre student Naveen

Without a doubt, my time in Stockton-on-Tees was a rollercoaster of emotions but was a journey that I am proud to have undertaken and is a piece of my life that I will cherish for years to come. There seemed to be room for everyone to succeed, and even more room for everyone to be challenged in at least one point throughout their academic time at the centre.

My exposure to new cultures, beliefs, values and languages is yet another facet that I associate with my time at the centre – enabling me to develop a greater understanding for a world outside what I know. Expanding my horizons beyond my Australian upbringing to learning bits and pieces of Urdu, the native language of Pakistan, to entering into significant debate regarding the socio-political climate of the city Hong Kong, I can easily say that the perception of the world I knew previously to my time at the ISC was vastly different to what it is now.

And finally, the accommodation. Infinity House, Rialto Court and Endeavour Central will always have a distinct place in my memory through providing me with a place to relax and remove myself from the stressful environment of studying. Through meeting so many new people by virtue of my proximity to them, these accommodation blocks will be remembered for vibrant parties, random hallway chats and a place of peace and tranquillity in a bustling student life.

Find out more about studying the International Foundation Year at the International Study Centre.