The Experience of Three International Students from BUiD

Apr 25, 2010

Three international students from the British University in Dubai were brought to share their experiences from their recent trip to the UK. All three are working and doing their masters in project management part-lime, "As international students, they will be able to give a fresh perspective to things which to us seem very natural because we are British," said Stephanie Evans.

Abdul Ghaffar A. Haq, civil engineer with Halcrow
"Always verify your information from two or three sources. For example, if you are checking the internet,
go to two-three sites."

Ahmad Salem Al Hammadi, construction engineer for the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO)
"I was halted for 50 minutes. But then it was routine procedure and those going for the first time must
be prepared for it, particularly in the current state of heightened security. "I have experienced the American system of education and also the British and I like the latter."

Samir AI Amri, training manager with Oman Air
"Keep basic information, such as the address where you will be staying, with you on the flight because
you will be asked to fill some forms.

"A different country, different people and different society. I was worried, about what would be their perceptions about me and mine about them ... the clash of cultures. But it wasn't a problem. The people were very friendly.

"Remember communication is very important. Having the correct handshake, keeping eye contact .... Over here you don't have to maintain eye contact. That's because of our culture and particularly if you are talking to a lady. But it's a completely different story over there. If you don't keep eye contact, they might get offended. It is essential to build trust.

"The British are also very polite people, not as direct as Americans, They find it more comfortable to use words like 'thank you', 'please', and 'excuse me' for even the smallest of things. So get used to these words.

"If you are planning to visit an English home, remember to call in advance.

"Culture shock is natural. So realise it as normal. Learn to minimise its effects by staying in touch with your home, family and friends and by keeping tangible things to remind you of them.

"However, don't stick to just people of your community. To get the most out of the experience, interact with people of all nationalities."