Studying Psychology at the University of York: International Students’ Experience

Studying Psychology at the University of York: International Students’ Experience

August 26, 2019 2 By Stanley Isaacs


As an international student, when you first
arrive your a little bit uncertain because, you know, you don’t really know how to orientate
yourself. But with time, this is such a nurturing and supportive community, so they really help
you with your way around. The professors, your supervisors, they will really guide you
through your time here and you will really find a home here. It’s been so great and I
would really recommend for you to come to York, for sure. Throughout the year they try to keep mixing
us together, and like, so it was really helpful in getting you, like, out of your circle and
out of your comfort-zone. There are a lot of societies of different
range as well, so if you enjoy academic things, if you enjoy sporting events, if you enjoy
just photography, or just relaxing, they have everything, so, yeah, definitely come here. I’m from China I’m from Hong Kong I’m from Singapore I’m from Brunei I’m from Bahrain And I’m from Jordan Yes, there is a lot of students from Singapore,
from Laotia. There are a lot of students from China. There’s a lot of students from China
and Hong Kong as well. It was a big shock in the beginning, but you
get used to it, to meet more people. You learn a lot about other cultures and then you just
blend in and it works. You can get a global view of the world, not
just the view from your country. So my role as international tutor is to provide
academic and pastoral support for students coming to the UK from overseas. So firstly
in terms of academic support I develop courses for the Centre for English Language Teaching,
which helps students to adjust to the writing style in the UK. And also in terms of adjusting
to writing in English, because a lot of our international students don’t speak English
as their first language. They’re coming from different language backgrounds, and obviously
studying in a completely different language has its challenges. So I provide that kind
of foundational support to help improve writing skills in English. In terms of pastoral support
I’m here to help with adjusting to life in the UK, and also adjusting more to life – university
life. I’d say, like, you feel, like, this is your
second home and you feel sad when you have to go back. You actually really start to miss it when
you go back home for the holidays. I think it’s exceeded my expectations, actually.
We covered a lot more than I thought we would in a very short time. But you enjoy what you
cover, actually. You learn a lot of interesting things that you share with people, and you
make a lot of friends as well, during class. They give you an opportunity to talk to people
and stuff, so it’s good. You can get an idea of the many aspects of
psychology, and then you can decide what you can do in the future. A, like they really immerse you in the things
that they’re doing, so it’s like a great opportunity, you get to understand what, like, Masters
would be like, what the PhD years might be like. And you’re exposed to so many things,
and they help you, like, be in the environment that you would be in later on in life. I did an actual project with my supervisor,
so, it’s going to published hopefully soon. We’re writing the manuscripts right now, so
yeah, for a third year its a very good opportunity. So not just masters, postgraduate students,
get to do that; undergraduate students get to do that as well. Yeah, I didn’t manage to do research this
year, but I notice it’s so easy to approach the lecturers and talk to them about it. But
they also keep you informed about other things going on on campus that you can get involved
in that are related to psychology, such as Artistic Autistic or YSIS and that kind of
thing, and you get more involved in your your field, or what you want to get involved in
in the field. This summer I applied to an internship in
Ernst and Young. Through the Department I was able to find out that I was interested
in such work in, like, operational psychology and more business-related psychology, so I
took the opportunity to apply, and through the Department I was able to find this. Yeah, well careers came and spoke to us about
people who were interested in working with children, and they talked about York Students
in Schools, or YSIS, and because of that I applied to work there next term and I’m assigned
to a school now, so I’m really looking forward to that next year. Yeah, I also applied to YSIS, because they’ve
done so many lectures, and they really make it so easy for you to apply and get involved,
so it’s very helpful. It’s like, when you’re in York, doing psychology,
you do research that actually make a big impact to the community, so, yeah, definitely come
to York. As the undergraduate admissions tutor, both
for international students and for home students, I’m the person who reads every single application
form for the Department, and I make the decisions about who we should admit. I’m particularly
pleased to accept applications from international students, because many of our best students
have come from overseas. Some of them, we find, have done A-levels, some have been doing
the International Baccalaureate, and others have been doing qualifications specific to
their own countries. For example, students from Hong Kong often will have done the Hong
Kong Diploma of Secondary Education. We’re happy to accept any of these qualifications.
You should apply before you have your exam results and on your form your teachers will
give a predicted grade of what qualifications you hope you’re going to get, and we will
make you an offer based on those predictions. We hope you will get those grades and we hope
we can welcome you into the Department after that.