Students from Philippines


Misha Denise Virtudazo - MSc Professional Practice (with work placement)

Why did you choose this course?
It has always been my desire to work in the field of human care. As a graduate of Nursing in the Philippines, I thought to myself that a Bachelor’s degree cannot seem to suffice my thirst for knowledge and learning. I usually have the feeling of challenging any clinical practice and information I come across.
This course offers modules that would help me support my own professional practice in relation to evidence-based practice and modernisation agenda.

Why the University of South Wales?
As an international student, I should make sure that I enter an environment where I can feel safe and at home. Upon searching for a school to pursue my postgraduate studies, I’ve found that the University of South Wales was distinguished for commendable student support. The university ensures that students are assisted in every way for us to adapt to UK life easily. All sorts of support is offered, may it be educational (Drop-in Centre), financial, social (Student Union) and spiritual. Moreover, as a nurse in my country, I look forward to get onto the UK NMC register. I saw that the Overseas Nursing Programme is already embedded in the course and that they provide assistance in the ONP adaptation at hospitals.

What’s been the most exciting part of the course so far?
I’ve always looked forward to deepen my knowledge about the human body and its physiology. The course I took offers the module Advance Life Sciences, a subject that teaches medical practitioners the complexity of the functions of human body. In addition, I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to take this module as this is only offered to qualified professionals. I may be able to use this soon when I’m about to work in a hospital.

Leisure Activities
As a believer of the saying “All work no play makes Jack a dull boy”, I always see to it that I balance academics and extra-curricular activities. A year is quite short and very busy for a full time post-graduate student like me. However, the Student Union of the school offers leisure activities for all. For us women, they have the salon that can comfort us during stressful bad hair days while men may enjoy the sports gym and the bar. Movies, billiards, night parties and other recreational events are offered as well throughout the year.

Tell us about the lecturers
It may be intimidating at first, but truthfully, I can say that the lecturers value their students very much. Supervision is available at all times, may it be personal or through email. Furthermore, it is really impressive because all the lecturers are with professional distinctions – Masters or Doctoral Degree.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?
Well, it has been my dream to work as a nurse specialist in a hospital anywhere here in UK. I may pursue more post graduate degrees and be a doctor of my profession if given a chance.

Any advice to those thinking about studying this course at the University of South Wales?
To study a Masters degree in UK may be a shock to most, especially to international students. But, a combination of determination, passion and the right attitude will help you to get into what you want to be. You may feel inferior at times, but the university has the right facility to help you get through whatever.

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Jonas Marie Dumdum - studying MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management

Who are you and where are you from?
I’m from Jonas Marie Dumdum. I am originally from the city of Cebu, but prior to coming to USW I was living and working in Metro Manila.

What course are you studying?
I am currently studying MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management.

How did you find out about the University of South Wales?
I initially learnt about USW from an education fair in Manila, then I learnt more about it through the United Kingdom Education Advisory Service – Manila Office.

Why did you choose to study here?
I believe that they offer a very good program in the field of Renewable Energy, not just in the UK but around the world. Studying at USW gives me more opportunities to explore this upcoming field as well.

Tell us about the course you are studying and how you find the lectures?
MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management is a response to everything that is happening in the world today, where demand for energy shifts from traditional sources of energy to sustainable and renewable sources. In addition, the course also is concerned about waste treatment and environment protection.

The lectures have been tough, I must admit. However, I remind myself that the rewards for going through this course will pay substantial dividends in the end.

Tell us a bit more about studying at the University, what is it like?
Studying in the University has been a very good experience for me. The environment has been wonderful so far and very conducive, with library services open 24/7 here at the Treforest campus, friendly and accessible faculty and staff, and technological tools (such as Blackboard) that have been very useful in lecturer to student communication.

Did you attend the International Welcome Week?
International Welcome Week has been the best for me, as I got to meet my colleagues from other parts of the world that are not from the UK. We enjoyed the sessions that they offered and visited places where I never thought I could go.

What are the facilities like at the University?
Facilities in the university have been very cutting edge so far, from the use of online resources to the audiovisual equipment in classrooms to the strong broadband connection inside the lecture buildings and at the halls.

What have you enjoyed the most (Lecture, project, trip, particular moment etc)?

So far, the course trip to the university’s Hydrogen Research Centre at Baglan has been the most interesting and enjoyable. It is one of the forefronts of renewable energy research in the UK and in Europe for hydrogen fuel production. The trip continues to serve as an inspiration on why I am here in the UK – to broaden the horizons for research into what will ultimately be the next big thing in energy.

What’s the most useful thing you have learnt?
So far, perhaps it is to know which culture goes to which and go with it. Each student comes from a cultural background different from mine, and I must learn to go with their flow as well as introduce mine to ensure a good sense of understanding.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to study in the UK?
Study hard and study wide. And by study wide I mean not just to focus on the degree to which you came in, but also embrace what it means to be a student in an international sense… and what it means to be British.

What do you do in your spare time? Have you joined any sports or social clubs?
I travel during my spare time to places of historical and natural value. I have not participated in any sports or social clubs, but I currently serve as our course representative. I also have a good bunch of friends from all over Europe, Asia and New Zealand that I tag along as well..

What has University taught you?
It has taught me so far to become more critical and analytical in all things. I have had papers that were good before, but when graded here it was too broad. However, with every assessment there is still room for improvement to which the university has the means to aid you.

What are your aspirations? What would you like to do when you finish your studies?
I want to continue what I have and will learn about this degree by working with various companies here in the UK and in Europe. The continent, as a whole, is the best place for renewable energy research. It is definitely the right area to improve the world through energy. Indeed, I am grateful that I came in to USW at a time where the world is looking at people with my degree to lead them to the future in how to power their homes, their workplaces, their means of transport – perhaps even the world. Hopefully, USW can teach me to help us all.