Meet Seungtaik from South Korea, who studied the International Foundation in Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and Computing. He went on to study BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering at The University of Manchester where he achieved a First in his first year exams and received an award for outstanding achievement from the multinational oil company, BP.
How is your Foundation course helping your university studies?
What I learnt in chemistry is useful to my studies now. It has helped me to understand some principles in thermodynamics (heat and work, equilibrium). Also some of the formulae we learnt at INTO Manchester was revisited in first year. We studied differential and integral calculus in the first year, which was already covered at INTO too.
How did the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module at INTO help you with work you’re now doing at university?
The EAP module taught me academic and scientific words that I now use in laboratory reports and how to take notes in a lecture, which is obviously really important for my university success.
Do you feel more confident on your course now as a result of studying at INTO Manchester?
The experience at INTO Manchester has made me more confident in university exams. You need not only knowledge but also exam skills to take an exam successfully, and different types of exams require different skills. When I was in Korea, I only had to sit multiple-choice exams. Therefore, I was not familiar with British exam system. I took many exams at INTO Manchester and gained exam skills like how to choose a better question and time management. These make a big difference to your success!
Was there a good study atmosphere in the classroom at INTO Manchester?
The teachers were like scientists with deep knowledge, professors giving quality lectures, uncles caring about me, or friends making strange jokes. In Korea, there is an invisible wall between teachers and students, and a strict discipline so the teacher-student relationship is a little bit stiff. Independent study is so important here, whereas the cramming technique is used all the time in Korea. Independent learning is a crucial part of UK university study, and I believe this is true study. That’s why I am here in the UK. It would be rare to see a discussion take place in a classroom in Korean high schools.
Do you think you would have achieved your high grades without studying at INTO Manchester first?
Of course not! The exam style is so different here and I needed to study all the science modules in English. I would know the name of a chemical in Korean, but wouldn’t know the translation in English. So without studying at INTO Manchester, I couldn’t have achieved these grades.
What do you think about Manchester as a place?
People from all over the world live together here in Manchester. I have made friends with both British students and other international students whilst being here. Manchester is considered to be the best for UK nightlife! I think it is a great place for students to study.
Would you recommend INTO Manchester?
Yes, of course. If a student is coming to the UK for university success, INTO Manchester will be their best option. International students need time to get used to a new country, new city, and new education system. INTO Manchester’s well-organised programme, experienced teachers and helpful staff provide a good opportunity for the students to work out these matters. When considering your entrance to a UK university and also your future success, I would recommend INTO Manchester.
What do you remember most about your time at INTO Manchester?
I remember nearly everything at INTO Manchester, from 'hello' on the very first day to 'goodbye' on the last. I also remember all the people I met there; my tutors, the staff, and many friends. I really enjoyed my time there!