Welcome to a new academic year! We are thrilled to be welcoming so many students from around the world to the UDA family. We are excited to see what our students will accomplish this term and we can't wait to share those successes with you!
As students begin to delve into the semester, they might need some advice along the way. Our support staff on both sides of the pond are here to answer all questions from how to set up a phone plan to the best ways to balance academic and social life. "[We] work directly with students to learn and understand their individual needs. "We view students as people who are working to achieve their goals, and we are here to help them in doing so. The personal approach we take helps us get to know each student so that we can best provide them resources and guidance in studying and living in the UK," stated Justin Karrenberg, Head of Student Recruitment and Advising.
As our second and third year students are beginning to consider where their degree can take them, that's where we come in! Our Dream Maker Program allows second and third year students to connect with companies that match their skills and aspirations in order to aid them in discovering their passions.
Our Dream Maker Program allows second and third year students to develop a professional portfolio that showcases their academic interests, passions, and skills. We then share this portfolio with companies that match the student's skills and aspirations in order to aid them in discovering a future career. We want to ensure that our graduating students discover a field they are interested in that then leads to a purposeful life.
While talk of next career steps can be daunting, our partner career coach, Nadia Ibrahim-Taney of Beyond Discovery Coaching makes navigating and leveraging a university degree manageable. Nadia has first-hand personal knowledge and expertise of how to navigate a British degree in the US job market and is here to help our UDA students thrive.
Before the new academic year gets into full swing, We'd also like to welcome our student-athletes who have returned to their on-campus abodes or those who are just joining a UDA program and are beginning their studies and training at New Mexico State University, the University of Chester and the University of Gloucestershire.
get to know some of our players!
As our Academy students are settling in, we wanted to take the opportunity to get to know some of players on a more personal level!
Do you have any hobbies?
Playing video games, working out, and listening to music.
Favorite pro team/player?
My favorite player is Ronaldo.
Being able to be a pro-soccer player, or traveling and getting to study and/or help those in other cultures.
Favorite place you've ever visited?
My favorite place I’ve visited was Las Vegas, Nevada. Lots of attractions!
If you could event a holiday, what would you pick?
I would invent a traditions holiday where you celebrate and get to show off your culture and traditions.
Do you have any hobbies?
I love to walk in the forest and enjoy the outdoors.
Favorite pro team/player?
My favorite team is FC Bayern Munich
Favorite place you've ever visited?
My favorite place I've visited was Stuttgart, Germany
My dream job is to work for Audi.
If you could event a holiday, what would you pick?
National bacon day!
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Immerse yourself in the history and the culture of the City of Chester during your time at the University! There are a lot of sights to see and do for everyone — whether you enjoy typical city life or want to immerse yourself in nature. Check out this guide for a wide range of activities in the Chester area!
If you enjoy concerts, literature, or hikes, Gloucestershire has plenty of activities and events throughout the year worth checking out! Find activities you’d enjoy around your university here, and some free events you can attend when you’re on a budget.
The City of Cardiff in Wales hosts some beautiful architecture, a vibrant city and many naturally beautiful places to visit. Check out this local guide’s recommendations to experience the city in all its glory!
Cornwall offers many water activities for students to take part in during their time at Falmouth University, but it doesn’t stop there. You can also attend the famous Boardmaster festival, visit a castle, enjoy night life, and more! Check out all that Falmouth has to offer or talk to a student if you’d like to learn more.
Portsmouth offers a wide variety of activities for students and visitors to take part in, including eateries, beaches, music festivals and more. Find out what you can do to enjoy and recharge by the sea!
Leeds offers an abundance of historic houses, museums, and arcades to explore. Whether you like walks in the park or would rather take a tour by the bus — or a kayak — Leeds has something to offer! Take a look at this list to find activities that suit your interest.
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On April 25th, UDA held a webinar with Career Coach and founder of Beyond Discovery Coaching, Nadia Ibrahim-Taney. Nadia will be working in part with UDA's Dream Maker Program focused on helping students find and fulfill a productive career.
The webinar was aimed at helping students learn how Nadia can be of service aiding students as they navigate their professional career landscape. With experience in higher education and working with American students in the United States and the United Kingdom for over fifteen years, Nadia is equipped to help UDA students. "Having worked with students for most of my career, having been a student myself for most of my career and doing my second master's abroad int he UK, all gave me the skills, empathy, and life experience to best help UDA students."
Through every aspect of career building, Nadia is there to help students. "From building brand presence on LinkIn, networking and having a strong resume, there are a lot of simple, yet highly effective manageable action steps you can start taking as early as your first year of study" she stated.
Nadia helps students design happy and fulfilling dream careers and mentors students through the transition university to the professional workplace. Students find her unique insights on resume writing, interview prep and LinkedIn optimization particularly helpful in their job search. As a university student, Nadia emphasizes that considering your next career moves are key.
"It;s never too early to start designing and building a happy and fulfilling career that makes you want to get out of bed every single day."
When searching for a career coach, Nadia recommends "Use your networks and if you can get a personal recommendation for a coach or an endorsement from a trusted compant such as UDA, then that is gold!"
Students are welcome to contact Nadia directly via her email in order to learn more about working with her: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cardiff Metropolitan university
university of gloucestershire
University of portsmouth
University of chester
Leeds Beckett University
In line with our mission to provide international students with an opportunity to affordably pursue degrees that aim to prepare students for a successful and productive career, UDA is pleased to announce our partnership with Falmouth University in Cornwall, England.
The university offers undergraduate as well as postgraduate mater's and research degrees, specializing in several fields including computer science, business, marketing, art, design, media, and photography. Falmouth also offers Ph.D. and master's in Philosophy programs for those interested in engaging in research.
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Introducing Julian Alexander '17
Master's of fine arts, leeds beckett university
I attended Leeds Beckett University underneath the UDA program and studied filmmaking. I went to the school because it was very competitive and it was just really nice to be in a place that wasn't New Mexico, where I used to live. Being in the UK gave me a chance to get an understanding of different cultures.
My program allowed me to explore my own kind of creative journey, which made me grow so much stronger as a person. I've developed so many skills and met people from all around the world as a result of being [at Leeds Beckett]. I got the chance to go everywhere due to the films that I created in the program.
Some of my most successful works, mainly a film named Leo, are the reasons why I am in the position that I am now — that is, being a university professor, which I got hired to teach the same year I graduated. And I've been teaching across different schools since, first at New Mexico State University and also at El Paso Community College. I currently teach at the University of East London as a lecturer, where I'm also completing my PhD.
At Leeds Beckett, I wrote a film about a French man smuggling people from France to England. I'm from the borderlands, so topics like that were something that was very familiar to me, and when I came over here to Europe, this idea of borders had multiplied. The film, Leo, ended up being one of my most successful projects to this day. The movie went to a lot of places — the highlight is probably the fact that we were flown to a festival in Egypt by the film festival. We were nominated for a postgraduate student award at the BFI London Film Festival for the film as well. These are opportunities I never even knew existed for me. Those moments and those things were a direct result of the opportunities that UDA provided.
The brilliant thing about this program is that I wouldn't have been the same if I was somewhere else who knows, that could have been a different trajectory — but I had so much success in my graduate program. It was the best decision I could have made.
In the long run, I would like to be making films full-time, but this is such a great intermediary situation I'm in. I get a paycheck for teaching about film and I'm developing my skills at the same time, and as a result that gives me all the time in the world to actually develop other projects."
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For the first time since the establishment of UDA, we are proud to announce that some of our undergraduate students will graduate from the University of Chester this year while several of our students have completed their postgraduate studies as well.
To celebrate this milestone, we hear from two of our postgraduate students regarding their experiences with UDA and their programs.
Hearing from the class of 2021: Nate Shipley
Msc, strength and conditioning, leeds beckett university
Why should you study your degree in the uk?
As another season and school term approaches, the excitement of welcoming student athletes to the new UDA Academy at the University of Gloucestershire heightens. This season we are pleased to welcome a squad of 18 from the USA, Canada and India to the UoG Academy.
We are even more excited that our student athletes will have the chance to live on campus and experience what it's like to be a student in Gloucester and Cheltenham. In some of the country's most beautiful terrain, the new UoG Academy will kick off in September at the university's Oxstalls Campus.
UDA Executive Director, Brian Haley stated “we are delighted to expand our opportunities by partnering with the University of Gloucestershire for international student athletes seeking a world-class degree that fits their career goals as well as offering a professional football development program that will help them reach their optimal playing potential."
Haley continued, “Our mission is to change lives through education, and we believe that the University of Gloucestershire's campus, world class academic programs, facilities and faculty will allow our student athletes to not only live our mission, but exceed their goals.”
As the new term approaches, our goal remains the same - to help student athletes find a program in which they can study, live and thrive. For incoming recruit Roi Gill, from Ontario, Canada we believe we have done just that, "the ability to pursue both of my passions is what drew me to this program. I have been playing football for most of my life, and my dream is to play it professionally. This program will give me the opportunity to do that, while also studying computer science which is something I've known I wanted to learn for a few years" stated Gill.
In addition to playing football year round, our student athletes will gain the skills they need to be successful off the pitch. Mal Saville, Program Administrator and Quality Assurance Director for the UDA UoG programme reflects on the experience students can expect at the academy, "the University of Gloucestershire is an excellent university, combined with the football experience that is awaiting them, they can experience the best of both worlds. That is, achieving their full potential academically and on the football field they can be challenged to achieve their fullest potential, both are very exciting and rewarding."
Thinking ahead to his time at UoG, Gill remarked, "from this program I'm hoping to get opportunities to showcase my skills in front of professional coaches. I want to improve my game and take it to the next level and try to accomplish my dream. I am also hoping for a great education for my computer science degree so if I am not successful in the football side I can pursue my other passion."
There is a lot to look forward to beginning this fall and welcoming a new set of parents and students to the UDA family is just one of them. "We are delighted to contribute to [the student athletes] gaining a very good degree for their future career, an excellent footballing experience and contributing to the person they hope to become," stated Saville.
As we approach the start of a new term, we are looking forward to "welcoming individuals to the UDA family, alleviating them and their parents of any concerns, fears and anxieties they may have, turning them into a team and helping them achieve their full potential, both academically and on the football field," stated Saville.
Our student athletes are just as eager to start this term, "I am most excited to become a big part of the team and meet the players, coaches and supporting staff. I love playing football and I am looking forward to enjoying every minute of it with my new team. I am also really excited to have opportunities to play against academies and see what they train and play like," stated Gill.
Amidst the busyness of a new term, our student support officer, Paul Nichols will be there for each student, equipped with the ability to help students get settled and prepare for a successful year both on and off the pitch. "We are excited to see our student athletes thrive at the new UDA UoG academy, "with an excellent education, an excellent football experience combining the ethos and values of UDA, students and their parents are in a win-win situation," Saville remarked. He continued, "I have been planning this over the past 18 months and to see the September start date close is very exciting. Recruitment of staff and planning training times is very exciting, if not a wee bit scary!”
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My name is Justin B. Karrenberg and I’ve been working with students through UDA for almost three years. My professional background is in secondary education, and I have worked with middle school, high school, and university students in various environments such as summer camps, after-school programs, professional organizations, and in school classrooms. After being introduced to UDA by one of its directors, Jeff Thompson, I was excited about the opportunity to continue to work with students who are interested in pursuing their educational journey overseas. Having traveled around the world and experiencing the value and growth that seeing new cultures brings, I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to provide insight and guidance to others who want to experience life overseas.
My motivation in working with students stems from the desire to empower students to chart their own paths forward. In the US, universities can seem out of reach for some students who do not have the resources to navigate the admissions process as well as the financial obligations. Compared to many US universities, studying at a UK institution entails a straightforward application as well as competitive tuition rates. Many students and parents are surprised at how accessible universities in the UK are for US students. And it’s true that traveling overseas and studying can be easier, and cheaper, than studying in the US.
My current role with UDA involves working with students to advise them on the educational opportunities that are available to them at a UK university. Once we discuss if the opportunity is right for a student, I then work with each individual to compile each component of the application for admissions. This can involve proofreading personal statements, helping reach out to gather letters of recommendation, as well as providing an insight into what financial resources and scholarships are available. Throughout this process, I try to set realistic expectations for students so that they understand how to transition into studying at a university in the UK. The educational setup in the UK is different from most universities in the US, but it provides a challenging and developmental experience for students. In addition to the admissions process, we help students by connecting them with international offices at their chosen university, who help provide information about student life, accommodations, and arrival information. By making myself a resource to students, I hope to provide the guidance and information that allows each individual to reach their goals in their education, their career, and in their personal lives.
UDA helps students find the right university by getting to know our students and discussing their academic and career goals. Universities in the UK offer a wide array of degree options that suit a diverse community of students, and we work with students to make sure we find a university that fits their individual needs and goals. If you are interested in pursuing an arts degree in filmmaking or theatre, we know the university for you. If you want to expand your business acumen through real- world experiences, we know the university for you. Even for student-athletes, we work to match you with a university that will help you continue to study, train and play the sport you love. The diversity of universities in the UK also means students can choose to study and live in a growing urban area like Cardiff in Wales, or in a smaller cultural center such as Chester in England.
The MSc International Sport Management degree at Cardiff Met will enable you to develop the critical understanding, professional knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to take up a managerial position in the ever-expanding global sport and activity industry. This could be in leadership roles associated with researching the contemporary issues from across the globe, and challenges associated with the international business of modern sport; developing and delivering community sport and activity; developing and managing appropriate structures and environments for global elite sport and also the governance and administration of sport at a national and international level, in the modern, digital era.
An essential component of being able to achieve this will be through gaining an understanding of how sport is run across the world, from a local to a global perspective, considering both the participant and fan experience. You will also be afforded the opportunity to explore a wide range of management areas associated with making sport happen. These include finance, human resources, operations, events, media, communications and marketing.
We help you to understand and establish the guiding principles of what it means to be a manager in the global sport industry today. Concepts such as quality, strategy and policy will be explored alongside your own personal and professional development; this will be through an international sporting context but delivered in manner that will enable you to transfer your knowledge and skills into other sectors. The International Sport Management programme will provide you with well-defined building blocks, on which you can build your management career either in sport or wider disciplines, either in the UK or throughout the world.
Excellent on-site facilities together with top class venues in Cardiff, and the surrounding region, capable of hosting national, international and mega events, This, combined with a network of supportive industry partners, helps us to provide you with a comprehensive work-related and work-based learning programme. This is designed to enable you to apply the knowledge gained from the Master’s degree curriculum in real-world settings and gain valuable experience to develop your career, in further study or future employment, in the global sport industry or other sectors.
We are a recognised education partner with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and our current students receive student membership of this industry professional lead body.
The MSc International Sport Management degree at Cardiff Met offers you a module framework which provides the fundamental underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding to be able to work in a managerial role in the fast moving and exciting world of sport, together with the opportunity to channel your interests and aptitudes in subject areas that compliment the overall learning within the programme. The module content will allow you to reflect on the underlying business principles that help to sustain and develop the sport industry and there is a strong focus on entrepreneurship and strategic thinking which offers the potential for you to define and develop your own ideas for sport related products and services. These principles are underpinned by management theory and practice applied in a wide range of sport related settings.
The course will cover the core topics of:
With opportunities to select one of the following:
All student will undertake a Final Project, which requires to undertake research in an area of their related to the International Sport Management curriculum. Final projects are major pieces of work that may be traditional research, enterprise, consultancy or community-based projects.
Employability & Careers
The Cardiff Met EDGE supports you to thrive in the modern world. Throughout your degree you will experience a range of opportunities to develop your Ethical, Digital, Global and Entrepreneurial competencies through problem-based learning, real-world industry case studies, and opportunities for work-based learning placements. We will ensure that you get a range of opportunities to develop transferable skills such as communication, team work and leadership.
It is anticipated that students who graduate from the International Sport Management programme will go to work in careers both within and beyond the Sport Industry. The programme will allow students to access opportunities in professional and semi-professional sport, national agencies and governing bodies of sport, local authority and social enterprise-based organizations, community related organizations, as well as commercial sport and fitness both in the UK and around the world.
Many students may also pursue their own opportunities and set up businesses based on ideas that they have generated during their studies. There is on-going enterprise support available from the Centre for Entrepreneurship designed to help provide the best chance to create a successful enterprise. This includes business mentoring, funding advice, free office space and networking opportunities.