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From Bell to Cass Business School: Sandro’s Story

Last month, we met up with Sandro, who graduated from our University Foundation Programme in 2014, to find out how he is getting on with his university studies in London.  

Sandro

Last month, we met up with Sandro, who graduated from our University Foundation Programme in 2014, to find out how he is getting on with his university studies in London.  

Sandro, from Italy, studied on Bell’s Business Foundation course in Cambridge. He graduated with a distinction and is now in the second year of his BSc (Hons) Business Studies degree at the internationally-renowned Cass Business School, part of City University London.

Sandro is enjoying his second year at university and revealed to us the benefits of studying in London. He says: “The second year is great! I'm now specialising in Finance; it's still Business Studies, but at City in the second year you can choose to specialise in a subject such as Marketing or Finance.”

“Studying in London is interesting as you have the opportunity to attend a lot of seminars outside the university. For example, another university might be hosting a talk from a CEO, so you can attend these as well.”

“I really like life in London – you don’t feel like a student, you feel more like someone who actually lives here. You don't have the student feel you would have in a campus – here you are living in the city, by yourself, so you make friends in the university. The difference is great, because in a way you have the entire city to enjoy with your new friends and London is one of the best cities in the world.”

Sandro returning to Bell Cambridge for a visit
Sandro returning to Bell Cambridge for a visit

Sandro told us that his time at Bell has proved to be invaluable and he stills refers to his notes from his foundation year – they even helped him prepare for his final exam in his first year!

We asked Sandro what advice he would give to students preparing to start their foundation course. He told us: “First, enjoy yourself as much as you can. The foundation year is the most interesting year of your life because you’re not at university yet, but you still have independence. However, you still need to study a lot because you will use what you learn on the foundation year at university.”

Secondly, he recommends students to get to know their classmates and understand their culture, saying: “In the workplace it’s very important to know how to work with people from different cultures and nationalities. On my course around 75% of the students are international. Bell is a very international school, so you will learn how to understand different cultures.”

Sandro will be using the skills he has learnt during his studies in the industry with a work placement in his third year. He’s busy applying for different placements and has just received an offer from a leading pharmaceutical company.

Looking ahead to the future, Sandro is already making plans for after graduation and is researching how to start his own company, saying: “My dream is to create a start-up. Possibly in the UK or Italy, or maybe I’ll make it international!”

We’re sure Sandro will continue to excel in his degree and we look forward to hearing all about his placement year.

Find out more about Bell’s University Foundation Programme in Cambridge and London. Students can choose from a variety of subject pathways including Business, Accounting & Finance, Humanities, Art & Design, Law and Science.