Seminars, lectures and tutorials aren’t all UK universities have to offer. Arina Krauja shares her adventures in South Africa, Mexico and around Wales – all part of her degree in International Wildlife Biology.
I decided to study in the UK because of the reputation of its universities.
I’m from Latvia, which couldn’t offer the degree I was looking for, so I chose to apply to university in the UK. I also knew I’d improve my English, gain new connections and give myself the opportunity to work internationally. In 2015, I applied to several universities for animal behaviour-related degrees, and the International Wildlife Biology course at the University of South Wales (USW) won my heart. I’ve never looked back!
The best thing about studying International Wildlife Biology at the University of South Wales is definitely the field trips!
I’m the kind of person who likes to learn in a practical way and loves being out in the natural world, so field trips are perfect for me. In the first year, there were lots of trips around the UK, but the most enjoyable ones were a month-long trip to South Africa, which was a compulsory part of two modules – ‘Big Game Tracking’ and ‘Patterns in African Biodiversity’.
The trip to South Africa was incredible.
We spent 10 days in the Telperion Nature Reserve, which is located in northern South Africa in Mpumalanga. We then spent a further two weeks in the Selati Game Reserve, which is in Limpopo – a South African province bordering Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. We did lots of surveys and tracked mammals like lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards and rhinoceros – as well as blue and black wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, baboons and many other South African mammals. I also got to see and study many varieties of birds, including vultures, ostriches, hornbills and doves.
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