Zeinab Kassem

BEng in Civil Engineering

Zeinab250I graduated from the International School of Choueifat, Lebanon in 2013, were I completed the Lebanese Baccalaureate in the Life Sciences. I then completed a year of Civil Engineering at the American University of Beirut (AUB), before transferring to the University of Sheffield.

I chose to study at the University of Sheffield because it has a great reputation especially when it comes to its civil engineering programme. It is a center of excellence and has dedicated a plethora of resources to constantly innovate and improve. Also, the services offered outside my course were interesting, especially when I read about Languages for all programme, which allows engineering students with restricted module choices to take language courses for free, this shows that the university tries to graduate students who were well rounded. In addition to world-class staff and faculty who are all experts in their fields, and are at the epicenter of innovation, all these were defining factors for me.

The Civil Engineering Department has excellent facilities, including labs, equipment, and the resources that are offered. Also, our professors are beyond experienced, and they are truly passionate about what they teach and that has an impact on me as a student learning that subject.

The most valuable aspects of the course would have to be all the practical experience, apart from the labs which are directly related to the modules, at the end of first year we had a project which related most of the modules we had taken, and required an on site survey lot in order to design a water slide.

There is a good variety between lectures, labs, and solving sessions. Also, you get contact hours appropriate to each module, and some modules are dependent on watching videos studying the material on your own, and then attending solving sessions. Overall, it’s great because the teaching and study methods are tailored for each module.

Other than getting an accreted degree, from a top ranking university, you also get a well-rounded education. The university offers many ways for student involvement so what ever your interest is you have a chance to work on building your skills. This is apart from the projects that are required for your course which also help you think outside the box.

The thing I love most about the University of Sheffield, other than the great education it provides, and all the extracurricular activities it offers to students; from volunteering, to societies, and language classes. All these activities make you more likely to find a job and give you the necessary skills for it. However, what truly sets it apart from anywhere else is how quickly it grows on you and starts to feel like home. The university staff is very friendly and helpful,

After I graduate I plan on studying to attain an MSc in civil engineering. After that I would like to stay in the UK for a while before eventually going back to Lebanon, because some of the world best engineering firms are here and that would offer me the best opportunity to learn and work on groundbreaking projects.

My advice to prospective students it to do your research and make sure that you are prepared for what to expect at university, and from being in a new country. It’s not easy leaving home, but the university has orientation week for international students and offers campus and city tours, all which help you feel more like home. Also, get involved with things you like, and don’t be afraid to try new things, it’s a great way to meet new people.