Santiago's story of being a Chevening Scholar at Swansea University

What made you decide to study at Swansea University?

I did my own research and found out that Swansea University was renowned in maritime and commercial law. Furthermore, I saw Swansea put a lot of value on the diversity of the students. 

From the first contact, communication with Swansea University was fluent and warm. I can say I felt welcome straight away. They clarified every doubt I had with very quick responses.

What did you like about your course? 

I am fully satisfied. I admire my professors and I made friends with my classmates. The teaching is excellent.

What are your three favourite things about Swansea?

That’s not an easy question to answer since I like so many things, but I will try to summarise:

  1. The networking opportunities. Here you have the chance to be with people from all over the world. In big cities, there is a high probability that you end up hanging around with people from your own country all the time, barely paying attention to your classmates from other cultures. The good thing about Swansea is that everyone is out of their comfort zones (especially if you are from a small country like me) so there is a great chance to bond with your classmates and build a global network of contacts.

  2. The astonishing natural beauty. Wales is a beautiful country. You can take a trip to the Gower Peninsula or to the National Parks nearby, like the Brecon Beacons. It is a wonderful place to explore, especially if you are an outdoors fanatic. Plus, Three Cliffs Bay and Rhossili are amazing beaches. And let’s not forget about the castles.

  3. Living in Swansea is comfortable and cheap. The people are warm and friendly. Everything is in walking distance and travelling is easy. You have a beach, a cool waterfront, amazing parks and great pubs.

Were you a member of any student societies? Did you take advantage of any other opportunities?

I joined the SUMC, Swansea University’s Mountaineering Club. It was a great experience. I took advantage of the outdoor activities and trips they organized. 


What do you have planned in the next 12 months?

I will come back to my country and look for new work opportunities in the commercial and maritime field. I am sure that my degree in Swansea will be of much help.


What advice would you give to anyone considering studying at Swansea?

That they allow themselves to live this wonderful experience. The University is very well prepared to receive people from all cultures. Wales is beautiful and welcoming, with a lot to offer. 

Photo of Santiago Gimenez Gil