Parvin is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration degree at Corvinus University of Budapest. He found this programme and enrolled via Studyportals. We asked Parvin about his experience of searching and applying to a university abroad.
Tell us a bit about yourself. What is your name? How old are you? Where are you from?
I am Parvin Fatullayev from Baku, Azerbaijan. I am 27 years old.
Where are/were you studying and what programme? What degree and how long is your programme?
I study at the Corvinus University of Budapest. I have started my courses on September 14 this year. This is a two years Master of Business Administration programme.
Why did you want to study abroad?
I have a Bachelor's and Master's degree in “Computer science and computing techniques” from my previous education in my home country. I have worked for a local telecommunication company in Azerbaijan for 5 years as an Engineer.
I realized that 5 years were enough in one position and it was time to expand my knowledge and to rise to the next level. So I chose a MBA degree for my future career in management. As it is better to study a MBA in an international environment, I have chosen to study abroad.
What were your main priorities when choosing your university and your programme (e.g. academics, accommodation, university services & facilities, personal & professional development, city & culture, cost & funding, practicalities, social life)?
When I was looking for the scholarships I found out on Studyportals that there is a MBA degree programme at Corvinus University which does not require the GMAT. In comparison with the western European universities, this one is cheaper.
On the other hand, Corvinus School of Management is ranked among the top European business schools and in 2014/2015, the full-time MBA programme at Corvinus University ranks #4 in Eastern Europe.
Was this your first study choice? What other universities did you consider? What was the main reason of your final choice?
My first choice was the “Master of Information systems management” at the University of Muenster in Germany.
It was clear that this is management mainly in the information technology field. But I wanted to gain broader knowledge in the different fields of management which would help me in the future career. That’s why a MBA degree was the best choice.
Did you know from the start that you wanted to study in that particular country and city? Why did you choose for this particular location?
Actually, I did not know. But the fact that I have been to Budapest twice before as a tourist and fell in love with this beautiful city from the first day on definitely affected my decision. Also, it is obvious that living cost is fairly cheap here.
How did Studyportals help you in your decision process?
Studyportals offers a lot of choice of universities, degrees and scholarship programmes. With the help of Studyportals I found out about the programme that I have chosen.
Did you take a language test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) when applying for the programme? If yes, which one did you choose, why and how was your experience with it?
I took an IELTS exam last year. My result is 6.5, which was enough for the acceptance to the university. I prepared for the exam three months. But before taking the test I already knew English language.
What would be your advice for students from your country that consider to study abroad?
Definitely that studying and living abroad is worth it. You will enjoy your life during and after your studying.
How did you finance your stay abroad and what financial advice would you give to future students?
Unfortunately, I couldn't get any scholarship. I am a self-funded student, but only for the first year. For the second year I need financial support.
My advice for the future students is that they should try to do their best to get a scholarship. It definitely will give them a lot of benefits.
Why would you (not) recommend this particular city / university? How would you rate your experience on a scale from zero to ten (0 – It was a total disaster, 10 – I had the time of my life)?
I think it would be senseless to say something about Budapest and the Corvinus University. They speak all for themselves. And even though I have just started studying recently, I think that I am having the time of my life. I am really happy with my choice.
Is there anything that you would do differently if you could do it over again?
I would do my best to get any scholarship.
What was the biggest surprise in your study abroad adventure?
No matter how self-confident I feel, I am always surprised by the opportunities that I have in my life. Having this kind of adventure is a big surprise for me.
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