Bozidar Bogosavljev from Serbia completed the IFP in 2015 and went on to obtain a First Class Honours degree in LLB Law and Politics from Queen Mary’s School of Law in July 2018. He is currently completing an LLM in Corporation Law at New York University. Here he looks back on his experience at Queen Mary on the IFP and as an undergraduate.
When I first came to the UK, I was little more than a confused 18-year old unsure of what I wanted to pursue in my career. Of course, at the time, it didn’t seem so to myself – although I was still not fully decided on what I would pursue after my undergraduate degree, I mostly felt as though I had university all figured out, being as I had been very successful in high school as well. As it turned out, however – and this is something I would only later realise upon some serious self-reflection – I was dead wrong.
As I would come to understand during my time at Queen Mary, studying at university level in a foreign country is something entirely different to what most of us will have been used to up until that point. It involves becoming familiar with and actively using a specific style of academic jargon; being entirely self-sufficient when it comes to preparing for essays and exams; regulating your own sleeping schedule; cleaning; cooking; and a myriad of other things which might never have crossed your mind back home. The amazing thing is, however, that I barely noticed this inherently difficult transition, which I can largely attribute to my time on the IFP. The best way I could describe it would be a “unique, tangible, pre-university experience” which teaches you the ins and outs of university life, from the mundane to the truly challenging. During the IFP, I learned how to write academic essays, how to reference them properly, how to search the library, how to use Westlaw and QMPlus, how to compose a professional email, and much, much more. I made friends who stayed with me throughout my LLB, always there to help me when I needed it and to share insights which few other students could as they had started their undergraduate education straight out of high school.
Now, 4 years later, I hold a First Class Honours degree in LLB Law and Politics, and will be continuing my education with the LLM Corporation Law at New York University. I can safely say that a very important contributing factor to my success has been that 1 year of IFP; it taught me what to expect of university in an equally rigorous, yet slightly more familiar setting, and I truly wonder if I would be where I am today had I not opted to do it.