Hiba Khaled

"I spent the better part of my first year at Queen’s answering the questions: Why Belfast? Why Queen’s?

Studying Medicine at Queen’s is not something I would have imagined doing 5 years ago. Studying abroad alone was something I had not even considered doing after finishing my undergraduate degree at home. Initially, the medicine course at Queen’s appealed to me because of the early patient interaction offered in the first semester. However, after finishing my first year I realise there is so much more that Queen’s offers. Teaching staff not only facilitate learning, but they also ensure that students are supported along the way. Help is available throughout the semesters and learning is reinforced through tutorials, practicals and clinical skills workshops.

I really enjoyed the clinical placement where we were able to exercise our clinical skills with real patients. Staff value student feedback highly and do respond with changes to help improve the course.

The nature of the course encourages the forging of friendships with your classmates. Over the course of the year, I have grown close with many people in my class and have gotten to know more people than I anticipated. This has made living away from home much more bearable.

As an international student, I am grateful for the support I have received over the year from the International Student Office. Any anxiety I had about moving to Belfast and starting my career as a Queen’s student subsided as soon as I landed in Belfast International Airport with the warm welcome I received from Queen’s staff. They are there when you need them and they are good at informing international students of upcoming events at the university.

Last year, I could not have imagined my life in Belfast as a medical student. A year gone by, I could not imagine being anywhere else!"

Hiba Khaled – International Graduate First Year Medical Student, Calgary Canada