Sreng Mao; ACE/IDP
With an education history of over 800 years, the UK is one of the world’s top study destinations. Through the years, UK universities have trained students who have become global financial leaders, top politicians, thinkers and professionals, and have had a significant influence on the world.
More and more Cambodians are choosing the UK as a study abroad destination. Yi Rasy recently completed a semester at the University of Kent in Canterbury, where he studied biomedical sciences.
We spoke with Rasy about his experiences so far, both in the classroom and out of it. “At first I did not expect it to be one of the best experiences, but it has already become one. I’m so glad to be able to have these marvelous experiences as a Cambodian exchange student at one of the top universities in the UK.”
Studying biomedical sciences requires significant practical elements, so facilities are important. “Gaining practical skills as a student scientist working in a modern laboratory was one of my favourite parts of the course. I worked and studied with many classmates who were enthusiastically interested in sciences. The professors were all kind and helpful. The library was full of resources, up-to-date textbooks, research papers and journals. As a student, I benefitted a lot from the university.”
Beyond the stresses of the laboratory, Rasy also immersed himself in the extra-curricular activities available. “My time out of school was fantastic even though I had to face a lot of culture shock and to challenge myself independently. I not only got to study at the UK university, but I also got to make many good international friends from Switzerland, Canada, America, Hong Kong, Indonesia, France and of course Great Britain.”
Rasy offered some important advice for students considering studying in the UK.
“Be ready to be self-dependent and of course expect to be homesick,” she said. However, if you are able to tackle these little challenges your experience will be unforgettable. And do not forget to try hard academically.”
The UK is one of five study abroad destinations offered by IDP (Cambodia). Our counsellors are trained to support you from the first step of personalised counselling right through to your arrival in the UK. If you are interested in studying in the UK, visit an IDP Study Abroad Resource Centre today for free counselling and processing of your application and visa.