Simon is an international student studying Aeronautical & Mechanical Engineering and is a participant on the summer school programme at Wrexham Glyndŵr University. 

Why did you choose to study at WGU?

It was the ideal opportunity to improve my English skills and deepen my engineering knowledge on an academic level. After my apprenticeship and my higher technical education diploma, based on Mechanical Engineering and Management, the bachelor’s degree started to become a real option for me. Due to agreements between the HFTM in Switzerland and Wrexham Glyndŵr University, I had the opportunity to complete the summer school and join the University afterwards. In my home country, it would have taken three years more to complete the same degree. But at Glyndŵr, I’ve been able to discover a new environment, another teaching culture and develop different learning skills. Finally, because I have been a big fan of the Welsh Rugby team since childhood, it is an honour for me to learn in this local culture.

What elements of the course have you enjoyed the most?

I enjoyed the theoretical approaches during the aerodynamics lectures. Afterwards, these approaches were proven in several lab sessions which covered the practical elements. Finally, the results were compared and analysed through computer software, so I understood these aerodynamics topics even better.

What would you say to other students who are thinking of coming to study here?

I would say, “just do it”. This is such a good opportunity to achieve more knowledge and to confirm it with a bachelor’s degree. In addition, the improvement of the English language is a clear advantage for the Swiss industry as a Mechanical Engineer. It always opens people’s mind to go away, learn new things and meet other individuals. Moreover, I have gained a rounded education due to my apprenticeship, my higher technical education degree and finally the academic bachelors at university level.