Awni Abdullah from Jordan completed the Science and Engineering Foundation Pathway. He is now studying Civil Engineering in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society.
Why did you decide to come to Heriot-Watt over other places offering similar courses?
Because Heriot-Watt is one of the top ranked universities in Civil Engineering and it was ranked first in the UK according to the Guardian University League Table 2014-2015.
What did you feel were the most positive aspects of your time studying here?
Starting my studies with students who are at the same level as me (and who are also international students) made my studies seem easier. If you start with people of a higher level than you, this would make everything much harder.
How did your Pathway prepare you for your current studies?
Even though some of the lecturers did not start with the basics, but directly started with the main subjects, the Foundation Pathways support classes helped us catching up with all the other students.
What was the teaching support like?
If we didn’t understand something during lectures, we would be able to ask our support classes teachers for help, which was very useful. Moreover, even if we had gained limited knowledge or skills in a certain subject from our previous education, the support classes helped us to get to the level of everyone else.
What advice would you give to an international student considering to apply to the Foundation Pathways at Heriot-Watt?
The Foundation Pathways will make studying easier as you will start with students of your own level and you will be able to help each other out. Studying the Foundation courses meant that I received all the support I needed and I also learned basics that most of the students in Year 2 are now struggling with, for example: referencing.