What's it like to study English for Oil & Gas at IH Aberdeen? Who better to tell us than one of our students, Natalia Tumanova from Stavropol in Russia! Let's hear what she has to say about her Combination Course...
I work at the university in Stavropol, Russia. now I’m doing my PhD in Petroleum Geology but I also work with international students. I help them to live in a new country and conduct lab work and seminars with them in English. I love my job - lots of variety!
My job is so connected to English. I speak English every day with international students and connect with other universities around the world.
And in my PhD study, it’s important to know English. I need to read scientific work in English. So much research is done in the UK and USA and none of this is translated into my language.
Aberdeen is the energy capital of Europe. It’s famous for its oil & gas industry. That was the main reason. And, when found the course which combines General English and Oil & Gas, I had no hesitation!
I love the flexibility. In my Oil & Gas course I can choose the parts I want to study. There are so many different fields in Petroleum Geology and Engineering, so it was great that I can choose what I want to focus on.
So much! In my General English, I have learned new words and practised speaking. I speak English in my job every day with international students so it is so useful to me to hear so many accents, native speakers and other nationalities.
In the Oil & Gas course we have studied different things about geology, exploration and seismic surveying, both the practical side of and also the linguistic aspect too. It has been so useful!
A lot – the most important thing was the vocabulary. I know these expressions in Russian but I don’t know them in English and now I can understand much better when reading special articles for my academic study.
I love the staff. Everyone is so helpful. I love that you can go any time, ask anyone, ask any question. Every problem or question, you will be heard and helped.
Studying somewhere different broadens your mind. I didn’t know anything about Scotland and now I feel bad about this! I always thought the UK was all the same. But now I know Scotland is different. And so interesting – you have special expressions, culture, and clothes – I had never seen men wearing kilts before. Plus Scotland is so beautiful and has a great history.
Aberdeen is a great city to be a student. Compared to studying in London, it’s smaller. I have so much free time. There is still so much to do – movies, parks, museums – but you still have time to focus on study and not be pushed and shoved in crowds.
I love the architecture. I’m a geologist, so the granite is fascinating for me! I love that there are no traffic jams. The city’s not so big, I can walk everywhere. And the beach - the view is beautiful. I’d only seen the sea once before in my life!
Don’t be scared of what you don’t know! For me Aberdeen was unknown before I came. It’s great to try something new. Everyone has been to Oxford or London but if you have been to Aberdeen it’s something different, a unique experience. It expands your horizons.
I have so many. One big memory will be walking on the streets, seeing all the great buildings, hearing English all around me. You can hear all kinds of accents, with English everywhere. It’s been an amazing experience!
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