Hi, my name is Bryan Theo Mfhaladi from Botswana in Southern Africa and I am your African Students Ambassador.
I am a Fourth and final year student doing a BSc in Actuarial Science with a year in industry. Actuarial Science is an applied mathematical and statistical course which uses the two to access and advice on risk in insurance, finance, and other industries. Traditionally, actuaries were found in insurance accessing insurance risks for insurance companies, helping them calculate premiums customers needed to pay for them to receive cover such as life insurance or general insurance such as car and home insurance. Nowadays, actuaries access risks such as environmental risks, stock volatility, cyber risks and more, and have diversified into different industries such as finance, computing, and analyst roles.
I chose numerous reasons but the main one being their Actuarial Science course. It is one of the few in the UK with the highest number of Actuarial exemptions given to students after completion of the degree. Along with that, it is an internationally recognised course by the Institute of Actuaries, IFoA, with great ties with Aviva in Norwich and other big firms in the UK. Along with the academic reason, I chose UEA because of its city, Norwich. Norwich is one of the most student friendly cities in the UK, being highly affordable, friendly and with numerous entertainment available throughout and in nearby cities.
A great thing about Norwich is its accessibility to neighbouring cities and countries. With an international airport, with flights to Amsterdam being 45 minutes away, and East Anglian trains going to and from London (through Cambridge) with a trip to the capital taking only 1 hour 45 minutes. This means one can go anywhere whenever they need to in the UK or internationally. Along with the accessibility, Norwich has numerous attractions, from castles to medieval churches to the famous Prince of Wales street with several entertainment places, there are endless places to explore.
For my application, I used UCAS, which was very student friendly and navigating through the system was a breeze. Where I had any questions, UEA’s admissions office was more than happy to help. They went the extra mile in making sure I made it to Norwich safely, including through hosting Pre-Departure seminars and proving shuttles for pick up at Heathrow and Norwich international airport.
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