2024 MBAs Abroad: Ahmed Almelad, Alliance Manchester

Ahmed Almelad

Alliance Manchester Business School

Home City and Country: Eastern, Saudi Arabia

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: HALA Ventures, Investment Intern

How has studying business in the United Kingdom enriched your learning experience? The UK’s diverse business landscape has provided me with a global perspective and an understanding of varied business practices. The exposure to international markets and the opportunity to learn from industry leaders have significantly enriched my learning experience.

What has been the toughest transition to living in the United Kingdom so far? What have you done to overcome this difficulty? Adapting to the UK’s fast-paced lifestyle was challenging initially. The difference in work-life balance and social norms required some adjustment.

Overcoming the Transition Difficulty: I immersed myself in local culture and communities, participated in social events, and built a routine that balanced academic and social life to adapt more comfortably.

What school service has been the most helpful in transitioning to living in the United Kingdom? How has it helped you adapt? The university’s Student Support service has been most helpful. They provided guidance on practical matters like accommodation, local norms, and legalities, which greatly eased my transition.

What has been the most interesting cultural nuance of people living in the United Kingdom? Why has this struck you? The subtle, understated humor of people in the UK intrigued me. It reflects a unique approach to communication and social interaction, which I found both challenging and delightful to understand.

Are you seeking a Visa to work in the United Kingdom after graduation? If so, what obstacles have you faced and how did you overcome them? I’m still not sure about this. I am taking my time to think about whether I work in the UK or go back to Saudi Arabia.

What have you done to make it easier to make friends with people from outside your home country at business school? I joined various university clubs and actively participated in group projects and events. This not only fostered teamwork but also provided opportunities to build friendships with people from diverse backgrounds.

What piece of advice would you give to an international student looking to study in a UK graduate business program? Be open to new experiences and actively engage with the diverse community. Also, manage your time effectively to balance academic commitments with exploring the UK and its culture.


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