Flying Start- Kyle's Story
Kyle was back with us, taking time out of his busy Journalism course, to share his thoughts on our Flying Start scheme.
He'd been fortunate enough to have gained some amazing experiences because of the scheme, as well as saving him a lot of much needed money.
You can find out more about the scheme in his blog below and see what Coventry University could offer you this year.
My name’s Kyle and as a third year Journalism student at Coventry University, I can tell you that money can get tight when you’re living the student dream. Luckily at Coventry they promise to make it clear what is included in your fees so there’s no surprises along the way. You'll get to learn all about 'Flying Start'. It's basically a scheme where, at the very least, full-time undergraduate students get:
- all your core textbooks for free
- free UK trips that are part of your course
- enough printer credits to cover 1000 sheets of paper
- and no tuition fees if you choose to take an optional placement/study abroad year.
Experience without cost
During my time at uni I've never had to pay for a textbook, which is great because those things can be super expensive! Like the cost of a new phone expensive.
Plus, during my course I've gone on trips to parliament, journalistic conferences, crown courts, and even done live reports from vote counts without having to pay for a single trip. This has allowed me to build industry contacts and gain a lot more practical experience as a reporter.
As for the printer credits, I've never run out of credits so I've always been able to print everything I need with no issue. Whether it's multiple copies of a 10-page essay, pages from online textbooks or pages upon pages of memes to leave around the house to annoy your housemates - all the essentials.
Your year abroad
The last promise is pretty great as well: no course fees if you do an optional year abroad or placement year.
I chose to take advantage of this and went to study in Sweden for a year! While there, I had my full student loan/grant and didn't have to give any money at all to Coventry University or the University I was studying at. This meant all the money I got that year was mine to do with as I pleased. I even got free language lessons through the University to help me learn Swedish before I left. Flying Start has relieved a lot of the pressures that I might have otherwise felt during my time at university.