For the majority of Hult students, coming to campus means immersing yourself in a new city, and often a new country and culture. For our Bachelor of Business Administration students, heading to Hult also means rising to the new challenge of undergraduate-level courses. No question about it, it’s exciting but it’s a big adjustment.

Fortunately, the friends you’ll meet and resilience you’ll develop in these early days will serve you well, even long after your studies. We spoke to current students in the U.K. and U.S. to find out what the transition was like and what advice they have for the incoming Class of 2018.

 

Adjusting to student life at Hult in the U.K.

Murtaza Husainy

Hult student Murtaza

Nationality: Indian
Campus: London
Graduating Class: 2020
Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati
Clubs & societies: Model United Nations, International Law Society, Society of Banking, Hult Applied Philosophy Club, Global Ambassador

How did you know that Hult was right for you?
One of the most important things that made my decision about Hult was the fact that it is a small business school. I knew that meant I’ll have more interaction with professors and also good networking opportunities with students around me.

What did you miss most about your home city or country after moving?
The one thing I missed about Dubai after coming to London was the weather. Coming from a city where the lowest temperature in winter is just 18 degrees Celsius, this was something that took a long time to adjust to.

Did you experience any culture shock or surprises on campus?
Although I studied in an international school, one of the biggest cultural shocks I had was students addressing professors by their first name. This was quite unusual to me as I had been used to addressing teachers as either “Professor” or “Sir/Ma’am.” But this just made me realize the family culture we have at Hult.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned studying with classmates from all over the world?
The biggest lesson I have learned is that there is a lot outside of the place you come from—you just need to find the right opportunity and explore it.

Murtaza Hult
Selfie with new friends on campus

 

Any advice for the incoming Class of 2018?
As important as it is to work hard to gain the most out of these years, it is also important to enjoy your days, make good friends, and just develop your personality by discovering new things!

“The best part of being a Hult student is that you’re not a part of a university—you are a part of a family, with friends from every part of the world.”

Read more about how Murtaza now feels like a local in London here.

 


Caroline Voigt

Hult student Caroline

Nationality: German
Campus: London
Graduating Class: 2018
Languages spoken: English, German
Clubs & societies: Model United Nations, Hult Management Consulting Club, Global Ambassador, Faculty Fellow

How did you know that Hult was right for you?
It actually never occurred to me to study abroad until quite late into the summer of 2015. After Hult contacted me, I was immediately struck by its locations in cosmopolitan cities like London, while offering relevant studies in a small, familiar campus.

Additionally Hult’s diversity, not only in the student body but also among professors and staff, amazed me. The combination of Hult’s global network together with the diversity the school really made my decision to come to Hult quite easy.

What did you miss most about your home city or country after moving?
My friends and family for sure—but luckily, there’s Ryanair and WhatsApp Group Chats.

What’s it like having a roommate?
I met my best friend Bongi because we were assigned to be roommates during our first year. We actually still live together today, almost three years later! I was really nervous about this “make or break” moment of meeting my college roommate, but looking back I can say that being assigned a roommate was definitely the best thing that happened to me all throughout my time at Hult.

With Bongi at Winter Ball

What’s the best part about being a Hult student?
Having friends from all around the globe, and therefore always having a lovely incentive to explore the world.

Any advice for the incoming Class of 2018?
Always keep an open mind. This applies to everything from trying something new on the Brick Lane Food Market to always having a positive take-away from group work: If you keep an open mind, you will wander through life much easier.

“It feels really personal here—wherever you go there is someone you know, and nobody is too stuck up or shy to talk to you. Everyone is really friendly.”

You can read more about Caroline’s experience sharing a room with a classmate who became her best friend here

 


Decision day


Adjusting to student life at Hult in the U.S.

Tumelo Seemule

Hult student Tumelo

Nationality: Motswana
Campus: San Francisco
Graduating Class: 2021
Languages spoken: English, Setswana, Kalanga, Zulu, Xhosa
Clubs & societies: Fashion Club, Prism, African Legacy Society, and Management Club, Global Ambassador

How did you know that Hult was right for you?
The campus has a very futuristic, sophisticated, and clean feel to it. Also, the diversity of the international students is vast and I wanted to be able to learn from my peers.

What did you miss most about your home city or country after moving?
Apart from my family, I missed my cultural food.

What’s it like having a roommate?
I was kind of nervous because I went to boarding school, and I had gotten my fair share of bad roommates.

But my roommate at Hult is probably my best one. We instantly clicked from the start and have grown stronger since then. We obviously have had our ups and downs, but through communication, we got through it.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned studying with classmates from all over the world?
I have learned that the world is bigger than you think it is. It is bigger than one’s thought patterns, family, country, and continent. That means that there is so much more to learn from each other.

I can proudly say that Hult is a melting pot of cultures and people driven to make a difference.

Tumelo Hult
With the Hult Global Ambassadors in San Francisco

What’s the best part about being a Hult student?
The best part is that you are part of a diverse community and people here are open-minded and supportive. Even though we are from different corners of the world, we are one united school.

Any advice for the incoming Class of 2018?
Do not be afraid to be yourself once you get here. College is about discovering who you are and what your aspirations are in life, so do not be afraid to try new things and explore the city as much as you can.

“Do not be afraid to be yourself once you get here. Do not be afraid to try new things and explore as much as you can.”

Read more about why Tumelo fell in love with Hult’s San Francisco campus here.


 

Emily Nguyen

Hult student Emily

Nationality: Vietnamese
Campus: San Francisco
Graduating Class: 2019
Languages spoken: English, Vietnamese
Clubs & societies: Hult Finance Club, Global Ambassador

How did you know that Hult was right for you?
I’ve always wanted to go to a mid-sized school, where I can easily interact with friends and faculty. Hult also has a unique value that differentiates itself from other schools: I found its diversity fascinating, and I wanted to take the opportunity to experience it for myself.

What did you miss most about your home city or country after moving?
I miss the food, the culture, my family, and friends. However, I found many more friends at school that diverted me from homesickness.

Did you experience any culture shock or surprises on campus?
I did, especially when it comes to punctuality. I had many projects with friends from all over the world. Some showed up on time and some didn’t. In their culture, they have different standards for timekeeping.

We had a disagreement, however, we resolved it smoothly and everyone was happy with the solution. We all agreed that if someone is late by more than 10 minutes, that person will receive extra responsibility… and also take the group out for dinner! Turns out, nobody was late after we set that rule.

Emily Nguyen accepted students weekend
Ready for Accepted Students Weekend in San Francisco

Any advice for the incoming Class of 2018?
Enjoy the city. San Francisco is a great place to start your adventure. You will find many interesting experiences from the city’s culture. My advice is to save up money and travel whenever you can in the city and around the city as well, places like Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley, and the south of California.

Also, choose your courses wisely. Constantly talk to your Academic Adviser to find inspiration and find out what you actually like to study. Then you will do well at school and also your career.

“You can travel the world and every place you visit, you’ll have at least one friend from there.”

Read about the subject and professor that Emily has found most inspirational at Hult here.

 

 


If you’ve already been accepted to Hult’s Bachelor of Business Administration program, remember that the deadline to confirm your place is May 1, 2018. Secure your seat today.