Student Testimonials

St Mary's has a lively and diverse student community, with students from over 100 countries outside the UK, representing approximately 10% of its 6,000 students. Take a look at what some of these students have to say about studying at St Mary's.

Emma Piffner (BA Tourism Management)

Emma Piffner"Studying at St Mary's has been an amazing opportunity of a lifetime. There is a lot of support throughout the university and within all of the individual programmes.

"St Mary's allows for the perfect balance between a tight-knit community and having the benefits of living in a big city. The campus is small but offers so much. You are guaranteed to always say 'Hello' to someone you know anytime you are on campus. As an international student, it has been easy to make friends and immerse myself into everything that St Mary's has to offer. There are a variety of events that guarantees a smooth transition into university life.

"Choosing Tourism Management has been a great decision because there are so many opportunities to be had from living in London. St Mary's is a university full of life with a lot of memories to be made."

Hailey Karroum (BSc Nutrition)

Hailey Karroum "Throughout my three wonderful years at St Mary's I have expanded my knowledge in so much more than nutrition. I have learned how to be a better learner, how to research areas of work that interest me and how to work as part of a team.

"The Nutrition program is one that I have fallen in love with, so much so that I will even be doing my MSc here.

"Without the support I've received through the small lecture sizes and helpful staff members, I would not be where I am today."

Saki Shibuya (BA Primary Education)

Saki Shibuya"I like St Mary's because it has a cosy/intimate feeling to it - people are all friends or are linked in one way or another. I joined the basketball team in my 1st year and it has been brilliant; the people I have met are some of my closest friends and I have really enjoyed joining in on the university experience with them.

"I have truly enjoyed living in the Twickenham area, because it is homely and picturesque; we are so lucky to be located next to the Gothic castle and be near such beautiful green sceneries. But we are also close to London which I find incredible, because anytime you want to explore the city you simply take one train!

"I really enjoy my course; the lectures are enjoyable and the placement is a rewarding challenge. Working in the UK education system has been an invaluable experience."

Angel Leung (BSc Nutrition and Sport Science)

Angel Leung "I study Nutrition and Sport Science at St Mary's. I wanted to be in London and I was also looking for somewhere with a good sports profile.

"I play hockey for the university and I'm also part of the swimming team. In fact, I am writing my dissertation on the biomechanics of diving and swimming. Doing a joint honours degree helps me pick and choose subjects that I really enjoy.

"St Mary's is great, I like the compact campus and that it is not dotted around all over the city. This is what I think real university life is like. I worked as a student ambassador in my first year, doing campus tours, talking to parents of new students. It was a good way to make some extra money.

"After my degree from St Mary's, I want to study at postgraduate level to become a physiotherapist."

Carmen Cheng (BA Physical and Sport Education)

Carmen Cheng "I went to boarding school in the UK. I was considering architecture or archaeology as a career choice but in the end I went for what I have almost enjoyed most: sports and working with little children.

"My mother was not sure first but she had a complete change of mind. She is now very happy that I am studying Physical Education at St Mary's because she recognises the importance of sport and education and she says that I will never be out of a job.

"I'm really glad I came to St Mary's. The sports facilities are great and we have so many opportunities to do volunteering with local sports teams. I like the friendly size of the campus, the halls and the fact the London is neither too close, nor too far. Staff are very helpful here, and the tutorials are very useful."

Mitulkumar Patel (BSc Physics (Applied))

Mitulkumar Patel"Applied Physics at St Mary's also allowed me to study additional branches of physics which are not part of the normal physics degrees at other universities.

"As a student ambassador, I also got a chance to get involved in all the outreach activities in physics. This is very important to inspire new generations to study physics, and I feel proud to be part of it.

"The Applied Physics staff have high standards of professionalism and enthusiasm, are very supportive and always ready to help, and have an informal open door policy which helped greatly. The lectures are interactive so it's easy to grasp much of the knowledge in class."

Anna Westin (Doctoral Student in Philosophy)

Anna Westin"I felt like I gained a thorough exposure to historical and contemporary issues within the field of bioethics and medical law, and was introduced to the research of world-class lecturers. 

"I was very pleased with my course which helped me in understanding more of the why of my Christian beliefs, in a supportive and loving environment. It has enriched me academically, insofar as it has challenged me to formulate and articulate myself according to a high academic standard, and has provided a richness of resources to draw upon. 

"The lecturers have been extremely supportive, prompt with responding and marking, and available for help when necessarily."

Chun Wah Wong (LLB Law)

Chun Wah Wong"I am studying Law St Mary's. I like the relationship we have here with lecturers. We work in small groups and it is very easy to ask questions.

"One of my favourite subjects was European law. We actually travelled to Brussels to learn about it. You could not do that in Australia, for example. It is good to be based in London and to be able to travel in Europe.

"I decided to do a course in the summer to improve my legal writing skills because I really want to get in to a law firm."

Amalie Skjelvand (BA Creative and Professional Writing)

Amalie Skjelvand"As we know the university experience is not just about the university itself. That is what makes St Mary’s so great. It is located right by the Thames with beautiful parks all around. Twickenham is a quiet and peaceful town with all the shops you need as well as Kingston which has lively nightlife nearby and busy central London is just half an hour away by train.

"The scariest thing about studying abroad, or studying anywhere I suppose, is the terrorizing thought of not making friends. Before I came to St Mary’s I was very shy, I didn’t talk at all. Coming here forced me out of my comfort zone without me even realizing it. I made new friends who were just as scared as I was, I came out of my shell which made me talk more in class and to others in general. A larger university can often be very overwhelming, but because of St Mary’s small size it is much easier for the staff to take care of you as an individual. You get more attention in class and maybe less, but much closer friends.

"Studying Creative and Professional Writing at St Mary’s has been very beneficial for my writing. As I said, because of its size the teachers can focus on each student much easier. They also encourage a lot of self-studying like reading and writing in your free time. The classes are easy to follow even for us who have a different first language. I feel relaxed and comfortable in all of my lectures and all the teachers are very nice and patient. If I ever feel stressed about an assignment, I always schedule an appointment with them because they are more than willing to help. I feel like I have grown as a person and as a student in only a year and I am proud to call myself a Simmie. "