Giota Hadjilouka

My name is Giota and I am 20 years old. I’m a Cypriot student who moved to Greece two years ago. I have been studying with the University of London for one year. I am doing a BSc in Economics and Management. I live in Thessaloniki.

Why I chose to study with the University of London

My first degree was at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, but I wanted to go deeper into economics and management. I searched on the internet and I found that I could do the degree with the University of London. I had already heard of the London School of Economics (LSE), so I thought it was a good opportunity for me to do that. It’s a very good university, which will help me in the future with a career. I am also still studying at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. So I am doing two degrees at the same time!

How I balance my studies with my other commitments

On average I spend about ten hours in lessons per week – I take three subjects. On top of this I do an extra 15–20 hours each week studying at home. I would be lying if I said it’s not a lot of work. I want to make the most of my degree so that I can become really skilled for the future.

I don’t stop at reading the study guides and main textbooks – I choose to read other books as well to broaden my knowledge. It’s a hard degree, but it’s very interesting. But you certainly have to work hard and give it your full attention.

My experience of the University of London

The way we are taught by our professors is very helpful. They guide us well. The VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and the whole system for the International Programme is very encouraging and helpful. I never feel alone. Whenever I find it difficult I can find a new resource or a new book, or ask my professors.

My experience of taking my exams with the British Council

The examinations for LSE that I take are organised by the British Council in Thessaloniki. They are always very well organised. They hold the exams at a suitable quiet venue and always provide us with very helpful and friendly invigilators.

What the future holds for me

I would like to continue my studies in economics and management. In the future I believe I will do some sort of economics work for my career, so I’ve been thinking about doing a Master’s at LSE as well, once I finish my first degree.