Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Linh Pham, a 22-year-old international student from Vietnam. This is my fifth year studying in the UK. I am studying at the University of South Wales as one of the scholars for the Global Wales scholarship 2022.
What course are you studying?
At the moment, I am doing a Master degree in Behaviour Analysis and Therapy at the Treforest campus.
How did you find out about the University of South Wales/are you on a scholarship?
I found out about the University of South Wales through a friend. She had studied here for 3 years for her Undergraduate degree and decided to come back for her Master degree this year. She introduced me to the Global Wales scholarship and told me to apply for that scholarship at our university with her.
What’s your favourite part of your course so far?
One thing I like about my degree is that the modules are not theoretically heavy, but rather practical. During my classes, I got to discuss real cases thoroughly with other students and received useful feedback from my lecturers. For my assignments, I had a lot of opportunities to experience a variety of assessment methods. My favourite assignment has to be the Cyber Rat Lab Report, in which we did experiments on AI rats to change their behaviours. Furthermore, the university also has an Early Intervention Service (EIS), which provides students with placements so that we can put our knowledge into practice.
What’s the best thing about your USW campus?
What I like most is that the library at my USW campus is huge and the facilities there are up-to-date. As for a person who loves to spend time in the library like me, it is the best thing I could ever imagine. Another thing I enjoy at my USW campus is the students’ hub at our student hall, where they provide students with billiard and ping pong tables, along with a lot of board games. This is where I and my friends spend most of our free time.
How are you enjoying living in the UK? (any culture shocks?, new found favourite food/shop/place etc?)
The main reason that has led to my decision to apply for my Master course in Wales is my previous experience here. I have been studying in Wales for my undergraduate degree for the last 4 years, and my experience here has been great, and I have received a lot of support, not only from my lecturers and tutors but also from my peers. I have made a lot of friends here, who did not care that I came from another country and had a different culture to theirs and showed me the cuisine and traditions in Wales. We share and celebrate our traditional holidays together. During the Lunar New Year, I and my friends from Romania, America, and the UK hold a party where we wore our traditional clothes and brought one traditional food from our country for others to try. This is so far my most precious memory. This has given me a sense of acceptance and has helped me to overcome my nostalgia during the first few months of studying abroad as I feel like I am at home.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to study in the UK?
My only advice for other students who are about to study in the UK is to have an open mind for new things and always be prepared to seize the coming opportunities. Furthermore, try to make the most out of your time studying in the UK and make as many friends as you can. These will be the best memories of your uni life.
What are your aspirations? What would you like to do in the future?
I aspire to seize every opportunity that I have been given to gain more experience in behavioural analysis to pursue my future career. My current goal is to be eligible to work as a behavioural consultant in an educational setting such as schools or institutions in Vietnam.