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  • 10/08/2015

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    One thing I regret is not getting involved in activities on campus, but I felt it wasn't worth it considering I was only there for a few months. There were so many activities to choose from though.

    Great for these types of students

    People with an agricultural background or looking to explore this field.

    What to do for fun

    I wasn't expecting it, but Harper Adams was quite the party school. People often went out almost every night during the week which I definitely wasn't used to. There are bars in town and one on campus and a club in town (Central Square) that students often went to. The international office also holds trips for a very small fee to different cities.

    Food and Dining

    I cooked for myself as it was of course cheaper.

    Dorm Life

    The best part of my day was probably hanging out with my flat mates at night. We were all international students and still keep in contact and visit each other to this day. The rooms in the dorms were very nice as well (ensuite), cleaned daily and my laundry was handled for me too! The housekeeping staff were also very kind and great to talk to.

    Academic Rigor

    Though the coursework was not as rigorous as my university in the U.S., I feel I learned a lot more at Harper due to the vast amount of independent reading. I was accustomed to only being encouraged to read specific chapters of books/textbooks for a course which would provide me with all the information necessary to do well in that course. At Harper, I felt a greater responsibility to fill the gaps in my knowledge, ultimately causing me to go beyond what I needed to know.

    Tips for prospective students

    Though there was not a bus route near the campus to get around, there was a shuttle provided by the university at set times. As an international student at Harper, I took advantage of the convenience of being able to order groceries online which ultimately saved me time and money.

    In three sentences

    Harper Adams is a small university full of kind, welcoming and supportive students and staff. Almost everyone will know your name and class sizes are relatively small allowing for more engaging lectures than most universities. There is never a dull moment at Harper as the student union hosts a variety of activities and Newport is only a short taxi ride away!

  • 10/02/2015

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 2 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    In my whole time there, I never once felt I wasn't safe. All buildings are locked and have alarm systems. Also, the people at Harper really look out for one another and always made me feel comfortable.

    Clubs and Activities

    Whether it is going to the Welly or watching a sport match, there is almost always something to do! The weekends do die down a little bit as some people go home but that is a great time to go travel!

    Great for these types of students

    Harper is great for students who really care and love what they do. Being so hands on really improves skills and also gives experiences some students may not have ever done before. I also feel it is for students who know when it is time to be serious and know when it is okay to let loose and enjoy life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Going to the bar on Wednesday nights was always a blast. Even if you do not like to partake in drinking, it was always fun just to go and dance with friends. A lot of the nights have themes, some get a little crazier than others, but it is all in good fun. Also, watching Six Nations rugby in the Welly was a great cultural experience.

    Bang for the buck

    My time at Harper was worth every penny. I learned a lot and had the time of my life. If I could, I would go back to Harper in a heart beat. The staff was first class. When I got to the UK, my luggage had been lost by the airlines. The staff in Student Services did everything in their power to make sure my luggage was returned to me quickly, which it was, as I did not have a phone or any way of tracking it down. The teaching staff was also outstanding in their fields.

    What to do for fun

    It is safe to say there are plenty of things to do for fun at Harper. Like I said, do not let the rural setting fool you as there is plenty going on throughout the week. Also, the International Office does trips some weekends for minimal cost. If I remember right, we went to Liverpool for only 5 or 10 pounds and once we were there we were free to see whatever we wanted to see. I also decided to get a gym membership while I was over there and the staff and facilities are wonderful.

    Food and Dining

    This one is hard to review on because I was not on the dining plan and I made all my own food. However, the cafe in the library was one of my favorite places to stop quick before or after class. They have delicious drinks and snacks! I also really liked the store in the Faccenda building and wish I found it earlier during my time there.

    Dorm Life

    As I said before, my flat mates became my family. The rooms are cleaned daily by the outstanding house keeping staff who also became part of my family as I was there. Each room has its own restroom, including a shower, which really made it feel like you had your own space in a country thousand miles away from home. The floor shared a kitchen which allowed for positive social gathering spots. Many nights, we stayed up talking until 2 in the morning. The dorm life at Harper may be my favorite part of my time there.

    Academic Rigor

    Coming from a rigorous school in the United States, I have to admit the rigor at Harper Adams was not as high as what I was use to. However, that does not mean I was not challenged. I took it upon myself to take classes that I normally would not take back at home within Animal Science. As a dairy person, I made sure I did my projects on anything but dairy cows. The projects there are flexible and let you explore new topics you may know nothing about.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not feel that Harper's rural location means you do not have opportunities to travel or have a good time socially. Getting around using either campus provided transportation or taxis makes things easy. Also, a lot of flat mates are willing to take you with them when you are in need of going somewhere. In my four months at Harper, my flat mates became my family and were more than willing to help out when I was in need.

    In three sentences

    Going to Harper was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only was I immersed in the culture of the school, but I truly got a feel for rural life in the UK. There was never a day where I didn't learn something or meet someone new.

  • 10/02/2015

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 3 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone with agricultural interests, self-starters, people who like hands-on work.

    Bang for the buck

    Harper is so much more than classrooms and academics, and you can get a lot of out it if you are committed to doing so!

    What to do for fun

    While it may seem daunting that Harper is so rural, the social scene is incredible. There are bars and central, parties on campus every week, and many socials for clubs. Beyond that, there are clubs that will satisfy nearly any interest one might have. Weekend trips to friends' farms or to Manchester or Birmingham are always a nice time, too.

    Food and Dining

    I was not on a meal plan, as I cooked all my food, but I certainly miss stopping at the cafes on campus for a coffee and a snack. Whether you want sweet or savory, there are always good options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are spacious, clean, and a nice environment. A lot of my greatest friends from study abroad were from my floor, and cooking with them in our kitchen was a great experience. The housekeeping staff were such a pleasure to chat with every week, too!

    Academic Rigor

    Harper's academic atmosphere will give you exactly what you put into it. While I felt that some of the coursework was not as rigorous as my home university, the projects that are assigned to students give a great deal of flexibility, and students who are seeking to aggressively learn throughout the university will undoubtedly have the opportunity to do so.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for as many clubs and shifts on the campus farms as possible, because you will make connections and learn hard skills that go far beyond what any classroom experience can give a student.

    In three sentences

    Harper Adams University is a tight-knit community of extremely kind and passionate people. In my experience studying abroad at Harper, a great deal of my learning about agriculture came from discussions with my peers from agricultural backgrounds. Beyond that, Harper lends the opportunity to get real, hands-on, experience through working on the campus livestock units.