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Meet Manal from Morocco

Student of Environmental Engineering


"Choosing Padua as your Engineering School means investing in a future rich in opportunities"


Meet Manal

About myself 

I'm currently a master's student at the University of Padua. I obtained my bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering at Muhammadiyah University Surakarta in Indonesia. This academic career not only enriched my knowledge but also exposed me to a variety of cultures, as I studied in both Asia and Europe.

One of the outstanding aspects of my academic career was my ability to obtain scholarships, which enabled me to study without financial constraints. I've had the honor of receiving scholarships such as the Turkish government scholarship, the Indonesian scholarship, the SIIt scholarship, the Brunei government scholarship, the Central European University scholarship in Vienna, and the Italian government scholarship.

The University of Padua offers not only an exceptional academic environment but also a series of remarkable opportunities. For example, I was privileged to be admitted to the Tsinghua Summer University in China, even though I attended virtually. In addition, Another memorable experience was a summer course in Australia. I can testify to the tremendous efforts made by the university to provide us with such valuable experiences.
Community involvement and networking are an important part of my life. I have actively participated as a delegate and speaker at various conferences in countries such as Morocco, Spain, the Netherlands, and virtual platforms. My strengths are networking, leadership, problem-solving, and effective management and planning. I like to keep busy and engaged, which is why I volunteer with the "Easy Sustainability" organization, which focuses on environmental projects not only in Italy but globally.

One of my main interests and goals in life is to inspire people by sharing my journey as a scholarship holder. I firmly believe that financial limitations should never stand in the way of a better future.

    What are the best features of your degree?    

Networking: One of the most interesting aspects of my study program was the diversity of the cohort of students from all over the world. I hadn't anticipated at the outset that I would be studying with peers from such diverse backgrounds. This international environment was a dream come true for me, as I had always aspired to study in an international setting. Interacting with students from different countries allowed me to discover a variety of perspectives and worldviews.

The professors at Padua University have been exceptionally supportive throughout my university career. They played an essential role in my success, whether by helping us finding internships that matched our career goals, writing letters of recommendation or guiding us in our research projects.

Another outstanding feature of my program is its emphasis on hands-on learning. Although we received a solid theoretical foundation, the programme also encouraged practical experience. We took part in numerous group projects that helped us improve our teamwork and problem-solving skills. In addition, we had the privilege of visiting various sites and companies, which helped us bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Language accessibility: Language was never an obstacle in my program. All the teachers were fluent in English, which meant that foreign students like me had access to high-quality teaching without language constraints. During classes, English was the main language of instruction, creating an open environment for all students.

Flexible examination options: The flexibility of the examination methods is very beneficial. We have the liberty to choose different exam sessions to suit our convenience. What's more, if we are not satisfied with our results, we have the option of rejecting them and retaking the exam to improve our overall average. This flexibility not only reduces the pressure associated with exams, but also motivates us to strive for academic excellence.

    Application tips: how to build a successful profile    

1. Choose the right course: The first step to a successful application is to choose a course that matches your previous studies and career goals. Make sure the course you choose is a natural progression in your educational journey.

2. Create a well-organized European CV: It's best to write a European-style curriculum vitae (CV) when applying to European universities. It should contain detailed information about your education, work experience and other relevant qualifications. Make sure it is well organized and free of errors.

3. Prepare your documents: Gather all the necessary documents, such as your passport, diploma, transcripts and a professional photograph. It is essential to scan these documents so that they can be uploaded in high quality to the application. Using scanned copies ensures clarity and reduces the risk of rejection due to unclear or poor-quality images.

4. Write a unique cover letter: Your cover letter is an essential part of your application. Avoid using generic templates found online. Instead, write it in your own words, without relying on automatic analysis tools. Explain why you want to study at the University of Padua, why you're interested in the course you've chosen and how it fits in with your plans for the future. Be sincere and precise in your motivations.

5. Demonstrate your proficiency in English: Many universities, including the University of Padua, require proof of proficiency in English. Be sure to provide a valid English certificate, such as IELTS or TOEFL.

6. Translate your documents into English: If your documents are not written in English, make sure they are professionally translated. The translation must be accurate and clear to avoid any misunderstandings during the application process.

7. Apply early: Don't wait until the last minute to submit your application.

8. Tailor your application: Tailor your application to the program and the university. Explain why you have chosen the University of Padua and how this particular course will help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

By following these tips and ensuring that your application is well prepared and unique, you'll increase your chances of being accepted into the program of your choice at the University of Padua.

    What advice would you give to potential students thinking of studying Engineering in Padua?    

If you're considering studying engineering in Padua, my advice is simple: Apply to the University of Padua. Why? Because you'll never regret your decision to be here. Here you'll find outstanding professors to mentor you, hands-on learning that bridges theory and application, a globally diverse community that will prepare you for international engineering work, plenty of extracurricular activities and a perfect blend of historic charm and modernity. Financial support options and excellent facilities, including well-equipped libraries and multiple canteens, make this a seamless academic journey. Choosing Padua as your Engineering School means investing in a future rich in opportunities.

    What are some things people might not know about studying in Italy?    

1. An international environment and friendly people: Italy's welcoming atmosphere and friendly people create a truly international environment. Italians are open to all cultures and respect diversity. It's remarkably easy to make contacts in Italy, which means you can get in touch with people from all over the world.

2. Breath-taking landscapes and nature: Italy's natural beauty is awe-inspiring. From the historic streets of Verona to the architectural wonders of Milan, from the enchanting lakes of Como to the majestic Dolomites, Italy offers a wide variety of landscapes. Sardinia and Sicily, with their unique charms, are further gems to explore.

3. Scholarships and financial aid: Italy offers a wide range of scholarships for international students. Whether it's the Padua Excellence Scholarship, Invest Your Talent or Ministry of Foreign Affairs scholarship, talented international students can benefit from financial aid. Studying in Italy can be surprisingly affordable.

4. Work opportunities: Italy offers part-time employment opportunities, so you can balance work and study. After graduation, especially if you're fluent in Italian, it's even easier to find a job. Many foreign students succeed in making a career in Italy.

5. Free Italian courses: Italy understands the value of language skills. As a student, you have access to free Italian courses. Not only will this help you in your daily life, it will also give you a better understanding of Italian culture.

6. A convenient travel hub: Italy's central location in Europe makes it an ideal hub for travel. You can easily explore neighboring countries, enriching your international experience.

7. Culinary delights: Italian cuisine is famous all over the world, but the real magic lies in experiencing it first-hand. From authentic pastas and pizzas to regional specialties, every meal is a culinary adventure. Don't forget the exquisite Italian coffee that's like no other.

    Tell me a bit about student life in Padua. What did you do for fun and where are your favourite places to spend time?    

Student life in Padua is a wonderful blend of cultural richness, natural beauty, dynamic activities and an active social scene. I can't start my morning without indulging in the quintessential Italian breakfast, accompanied by a delicious Italian coffee. One of Padua's joys is its abundance of green spaces and gardens. These serene places offer me a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle.

Staying active is part of my life as a student in Padua. The city offers many opportunities for physical activity. As a fitness enthusiast, I've joined a well- equipped gym that caters to my needs. Yoga and boxing are among my popular choices. For a more relaxed yet active experience, I like to get on my bike and explore the city at my own pace. It's a great way to discover hidden gems.

One of the advantages of living in Padua is its strategic location. In just 20 minutes by train, I can be in Venice, the enchanting city of canals and history. It's an easy and frequent getaway for memorable days out.

In summer, Padua Land becomes my favorite destination. This beautiful place offers a refreshing pool and a wide range of activities. It's the perfect place to cool off and have fun in the summer heat.

Italy is famous for its fashion, and Padua doesn't disappoint. The city boasts a vibrant shopping scene, and I can indulge in retail therapy. From high-end boutiques to local markets, I find unique fashion items to add to my collection.

Padua's rich history and culture are well worth exploring. The city's museums offer me a glimpse into its pas.

What's more, I joined ESN (Erasmus Student Network), which is an organization that organizes exciting adventures such as skiing, hiking, and much more, so that my life as a student in Padua is full of unforgettable experiences.

    Do you have any particular funny episode or memory when you were in Padua?    

An amusing and endearing memory of my stay in Padua takes me back to my very first day in Italy. I couldn't help but notice that Italians have a unique way of speaking: they use their hands as enthusiastically as their words.

Watching people engage in animated discussions, their hands adding a new layer to their conversations, I couldn't help but chuckle. It was like a hypnotic dance, and I found it both amusing and captivating.

What's even funnier is that, over time, I adopted this charming Italian gesture myself. Today, I find myself using my hands effortlessly to express myself in conversation, just like the Italians.

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