Minh Tuan Do, studied MSc Civil Engineering and Environmental Management

Minh Tuan Do from Ha Noi, Vietnam. Studied MSc Civil Engineering and Environmental Management.

Minh Tuan Do from Ha Noi, Vietnam. Studied MSc Civil Engineering and Environmental Management.

Why did you choose to study here?

The reason why I chose to study at University of South Wales was the relevant course to my background. In addition, the course and living fee were reasonable to my budget.

Tell us about the course you are studying and how you find the lectures?

My course helped me to develop critical and analytical skills, as well as the management expertise required to manage civil engineering projects and implement environmentally sustainable solutions. The staff here are friendly and very helpful.

Tell us a bit more about studying at the University, what is it like?

The University of South Wales provided me a good environment to study. Firstly, during my studies, I got a lot of help from friendly and useful staff, tutors and I met a lot of new friends. Secondly, University allowed me to easily access learning resources via internet, library and IT systems. Lastly, studying in University provided me with many chances to join social groups such as the Meeting House, Sport Centre or trips.

Did you attend the International Welcome Week? If you did, would you recommend it to new students?

Yes, I did. That event provided me with useful information about the University, the course I would study and how to live well in my new environment. The thing I would like to recommend to new students is to remain open-minded, don’t be shy and then you will have lots of chances to meet new friends who will help you to get used to the new living conditions and have friends to enjoy studying, working and travelling together.

What are the facilities like at the University?

The UK is known as the country with a high quality of education and excellent facilities for research and study all over the world. During the time that I studied at the University of South Wales, I was satisfied with the facilities such as the library system which was easily accessible given that it was open 24 hours a day. Library system provided a good and quality resources for referencing which helped me a lot. There are also many convenient facilities such as on-campus accommodation, teaching rooms, IT labs, the sport centre. Given the nature of my course, I made full use of the labs within the engineering faculty.

What have you enjoyed the most (Lecture, project, trip, particular moment)?

I particularly enjoyed building new friendships and understanding more about British culture. I enjoyed going to the student nightclub on campus which allowed me to de-stress when I had a heavy study schedule. The trips organized by the University were fantastic and enabled me to experience different places in and around the UK.

What’s the most useful thing you have learnt?

Besides the knowledge that I have earned from classes, the most useful thing I have learnt during the time I lived in the UK is independence. I am grateful that my parents allowed me to study abroad and the University staff accepted me onto my chosen course; I had a big chance to change and develop my skills of making the right decision from the small things such as what I will cook tonight to bigger things such as who are your friends or how can you regulate your money in the time of studying. In my opinion, independence is one of the most importance things for any international student considering studying overseas.

What is the biggest difference between life in the UK and back home?

I settled into life on campus very well given the many comfortable facilities provided such as the studying facilities and accommodation. There was only the lack of family and the colder climate I had to get used to but it really didn’t take very long at all.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to study in the UK?

Be open-minded, extrovert, study hard and always smile, and be friendly to new friends.

What do you do in your spare time? Have you joined any sports or social clubs?

When I had free time, I always went out to take some fresh air with my friends. Sometimes I’d go to the forest near the University to get a different atmosphere, feel each gentle breeze blowing through the leaves of trees and listen to the bird songs. Everything that surrounded me made me unwind and feel relaxed after the stresses of studying abroad. Besides, The Sport centre on campus played an important role to enhance my strength. I’d often go to the Gym for training and my favourite place in the sport centre was the Sauna. During the term, I was attending a Karate club with an excellent skilled instructor, Mr. Mike Tan. After that course, besides the achievement in martial art skill, I also gained confidence, flexibility and strength. That would help me to have a clear mind to handle any problems in my life.

What moment will you never forget?

I love to climb the mountains and walk through the forest. The moment which I will never forget was the cycling trip from Cardiff to Treforest. That time I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the scenery. I will never forget the time which I went to the forest to seek for mushroom or wild garlic. They were so delicious and a nice memory!

What will you miss the most about University when your course finishes?

I will miss the staff, friends and the landscapes in UK the most.