BROOKES|Rowing, has an increasing number of international students. As one of the premier rowing clubs in the world, we are looking to share the experience of a lifetime with talented students from across the world. Combined with a straightforward entry process and the cost of studying in the UK being significantly lower than some countries, it is a very appealing choice for many international students- particularly those transferring from other universities.
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“Rowing for Oxford Brookes is something I will never forget. Their competitive environment is probably one of the best in the world, and I enjoyed every second of it.
I started at Oxford Brookes to become an elite rower, and to try to bridge the gap from junior to senior level.
A few people I knew said they had the most challenging training regime they had ever encountered, so I thought it had to be the perfect place for me. And it was!”
“Choosing Brookes was easy- it has one of the country’s best physiotherapy courses and the best university rowing program! Coming from Canada to study and row in the UK initially seemed very daunting, but when I arrived I soon felt at home with the OBUBC family.
The atmosphere was incredibly welcoming and I quickly settled in. I’ve now raced with OBUBC for the past two seasons, having successes at a wide range of regattas both in the UK and abroad.
The university itself is also very well equipped to support international students as over 20% of the population is international. If you’re debating coming across the pond to row for Brookes, I couldn’t recommend it more!“
“Coming from Australia I wanted to break out of the culture of living at home during university and I saw going to Brookes as the perfect opportunity of doing that, as well as more importantly developing my rowing.
I first found out about Brookes when researching universities when I saw a video of Peter Chambers talking about his time at Brookes and the Boat Club. The no none-sense attitude and the desire to fulfil a common goal all the while doing it with your mates is what won me over.
Moving from the other side of the world comes with its sacrifices the friendships made and the opportunities that have come from the Boat Club definitely made my decision to come here the best decision I’ve ever made”
“After the Olympics Games I wanted to take one year abroad to experience the Erasmus lifestyle. I was sure I needed a place where I could mix my two main passions in life: rowing and medicine.
Oxford Brookes University has more than I ever imagined: a great research group on medicine and the best university rowing program. Both have been opening their arms to me and teaching everything they can about it.”
“After finishing my IB in Switzerland, I knew that Oxford Brookes was the best choice for me, given its history at Henley and the numerous athletes it has competing internationally each year.
I came into the squad as a complete unknown in the GB Rowing community, but the program and ethos that surrounds Brookes brought out my potential – in my first year, I earned a place in the 1st VIII in 2015, and selection for the GB team in the lightweight 4- winning a bronze medal at both the 2015 and 2016 U23 World Championships”
“After rowing in South Africa for 5 years and competing in the Junior World Championships, I decided that I wanted to further my rowing career through university and gain international experience- while at the same time increasing my chances of competing internationally for South Africa in the future.
I found Brookes by doing research on the top performing boat clubs in the UK- Brookes was the clear leader in performance and depth at both local regattas and on the international stage.
Since I’ve been at Brookes, I have grown to love being a part of the boat club and experiencing the environment that such a large group of athletes creates. Training at Brookes is like training with a pack of hungry wolves- the competitive atmosphere, likemindedness and equipment has already allowed me to become physically and mentally stronger”
“I chose Brookes because I wanted to be part of the best rowing university in the world, as well as continue my education at a masters level. Brookes provides a great balance of being a student-athlete and there is nothing like the team environment. What Brookes has to offer for both academics and rowing does not compare to anything I have seen before. Oxford Brookes University Boat Club over everything.”
“I chose Brookes rowing because I knew they were a program striving for success. After seeing them win the Temple Cup in 2016, then the Ladies’ Plate and Temple Cup the following year I knew they were a serious program looking to develop the best athletes possible. Now that I am here I can confidently say by coming to Brookes you will develop immensely as a rower. You just need to trust the system and put in the work. There is no other rowing program in the world like Brookes.
I have always wanted to study abroad and studying in Oxford was the perfect place to go. Everything I need is conveniently around me and I have all the tools necessary to succeed at my disposal.”
“I joined the Oxford Brookes rowing team and university in 2016, after finishing my MSc in Bio Engineering at Ghent University, Belgium. Wanting to gain another MSc in the UK – combining academics and rowing – the choice of where was obvious.
After just a month with OBUBC, I realised this squad was more than I hoped for – the very high standard of rowing and facilities, combined with such a welcoming atmosphere, the enormous squad results in a very competitive environment, which greatly pushes the performance of every athlete”
“After graduating from an American college, Brookes seemed like an amazing option to continue developing my rowing at a high level while still getting a top notch graduate education. The squad welcomed me with such open arms and I felt incredibly fortunate to be in a training environment where I felt supported to grow, inspired by my teammates every single day, and just had fun going fast with friends.
I enjoyed every second of my time with OBUBC and I was able to make the leap from U23 to Senior squad faster than I had originally felt possible.
However brief, I owe all of my success at the senior level to the drive and values instilled in me during my time at Brookes.”
“After racing internationally as a part of the Israeli national team I was looking for a rowing team that will help me improve my physical abilities as well as my technique in order to preform better as an individual athlete as well as a team member. I heard about Oxford Brookes at the European Junior Championship where I was offered to come over and train for a week.
I really enjoyed my time there , I was very impressed by the facilities , the high performance program and support provided by the coaches in and out of the boat club. I decided to go there full time and within only 6 months I managed to cut 9 seconds off my 2k pb and go sub 7. I felt like I integrated really well with the boat club really well even though our cultural backgrounds are very different.”