Sok Li Tan

Sok Li Tan from Malaysia completed the Science and Engineering Foundation Pathway. She is now studying BEng Chemical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Why did you decide to come to Heriot-Watt over other places offering similar courses?

I was attracted to the Edinburgh campus and I had seen the rankings of Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt, which are really good, so that’s why I decided to study here.

What did you feel were the most positive aspects of your time studying here?

This University has blessed me with many opportunities, such as taking part in a volunteering programme at a local high school and being part of an active society which has taught me more about diversity. I get to participate in a lot of activities which enable me to enjoy an interesting student life. Also, I find the lecturers and tutors at Heriot-Watt are very helpful, which makes the learning process much easier.

How did your Pathway prepare you for your current studies?

The Academic English classes have prepared me in ways such as writing concise lab reports and short answers to exam questions. The techniques I learnt for citation and referencing come in handy when I have to do research for my project design and lab reports.

What was the teaching support like?

The lecturers were really helpful. They are always there to facilitate things and you don’t really feel that intimidated by the assignments given because you can meet the deadlines as long as you follow the instructions given by lecturers and you let them help you if necessary.

What advice would you give to an International student considering to apply to the Foundation Pathways at Heriot-Watt?

I would advise them to apply to Heriot-Watt because they will find the relevant Foundation courses useful to their field of studies and benefit from them in many ways like they have benefited me. The Foundation Pathways also provide an opportunity to get to know people from all around the world, which help you learn about other cultures and adapt to diversity. During the programme, there are also workshops on topics such as how to use Excel spreadsheets, citation and references in the library which I found particularly useful.