Calum, from Scotland, studied at our Malaysia for a year on an Inter-Campus Transfer. He is studying Bachelor of Business Administration in the School of Social Sciences.
Why did you decide to take part in a global student programme at Heriot-Watt?
Primarily to explore new cultures and experiences that are not offered in the UK. The opportunity to study abroad looks great on a CV as it shows numerous capabilities such as independency and extravert qualities. Communication with a broad range of classmates creates a diverse personality and relationships can blossom into friendships. Networking opens doors to many more opportunities and studying overseas is significant in making new contacts and friends. (Also the plugs are the same as the UK so no need to spend money on adaptors!)
How does the culture differ in Malaysia?
A side from class times, agreed meeting times tend to fluctuate from 10-30 minutes later than arranged. They are attentive hosts and very proud of their variety of foods, and street vendors have a high reputation for producing delicacies; something you would turn your nose at back home. Jumpers and jackets on inside and vests and shorts on outside, as it is colder inside than out; stark contrast to UK where the majority of the time its long sleeves and trousers.
What are the highlights from you global student experience?
Flights can range from approximately £6 to £20 and accommodation is even cheaper when visiting neighbouring locations such as Vietnam, Thailand, Bali, Penang, Langkawi, Sepang.
Is there anything that you found challenging about studying in Malaysia?
It is evident that there are small differences in the way work assignments are conducted and to some students it may be nothing but attention to detail can be the difference between a B and A grades. The concern is that the work we are producing is different from what is expected in Malaysia than what is expected in Edinburgh and there have been times where recommendations for assignments have been lost in translation and caused a lot of confusion and queries over their work. It created unnecessary stress and perhaps a consideration for future transfers.