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Kelwim Nogueira

BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management

After finishing school, Kel dreamt of being able to pursue his higher education in the UK. He chose the University of Sunderland based on affordability, and the high reputation and rankings of the BSc International Tourism and Hospitality course.

I have always wanted to study in England, but I knew that my parents wouldn't be able to pay for my studies. With student loans, I was able to pursue my dream of studying in the UK. I chose to study at Sunderland University because I would be able to pay for my accommodation and study without being a burden on my parents and I was impressed with the positive reviews that the course had in comparison to other universities in the UK.

My favourite part of the course was the diversity of modules on offer. I was able to study topics such as marketing, dark tourism and cultural tourism all within one course. Also, the engagement and connection that the lectures develop with students help to make the course even more interesting and you can feel the passion that the lecturers have for teaching.

If I could offer prospective students some advice it would be that engagement in class leads to better grades. Also, try to go to clubs that you’re interested in, the University offers a variety of clubs and societies that will make your student life unforgettable.

Since graduating, my career has progressed really well. I have been working at an art gallery called the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, and I have also been studying for an MA in History. The next step in my career is to become a curator of art/contemporary art gallery. I found that the Cultural Tourism, Festivals and Events and the Tourism and Heritage Management modules in particular helped me better understand the heritage and art world.

Overall, I would say my experience studying at the University of Sunderland has been unforgettable. The city is very accommodating and friendly, and the University cares about students as opposed to seeing them only as numbers. Studying in Sunderland has broadened my horizons for what I could do with my career in the tourism field."

Published 2 November 2022

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