Sung is from Korea and studied the International Foundation in Business and Humanities at INTO Manchester.
Can you tell us a bit more about your teachers?
I have four teachers, they’re all different and they each suit the subject they teach. I really enjoy listening to my politics teacher - she is really engaging with students; she doesn’t just present her own PowerPoints with lots of facts. She loves telling her personal stories to expand on fundamental points that we must learn for the subject’s sake, which make politics really interesting. I think it’s a tough subject and that teachers have ways to make that interesting really helps our learning. They’re always helpful and available and I’ve really appreciated it when I found things difficult.
Do you think the work you’re doing this year is preparing you for university?
Absolutely! Besides the subjects that are directly relevant to the subject I will be studying at university, subjects like English for Academic Purposes (EAP) I think are really useful. It’s not just about learning English; it teaches you skills to present and tailor your thoughts into a well prepared academic piece of work which is acceptable for university study. Had I not done EAP, I would have bypassed developing the skills used to write a proper report and referencing which leads to academic honesty. I think I was able to learn important methods that I will have use at university. I strongly urge any future INTO students to value EAP.
Have you been given guidance with your university application at INTO Manchester?
UCAS is a really comprehensive way of applying to a university and is the system that is used in the UK. But, there are so many steps to it, you definitely need help with it. My personal tutor and IT lecturer were able to help me with the process at all times and it got done fairly quickly. I’ve received all my offers so I’m happy. I couldn’t have done it without their help.
What accommodation do you live in?
I live in the halls of residence. It’s a high-end accommodation offering with a really nice, quiet environment. I understand that other halls in the UK have problems. But ours doesn’t. You can enjoy peace and quiet, and you’re able to spend quality time there. I would recommend it to people who want a close community around them.
Have you received any help from any non-academic staff in the study centre?
Our first week at INTO was all about getting along with your classmates from all different parts of the word. They arranged all different kinds of activities that really helped us to break the ice and get rid of any awkwardness fairly soon. I think it was really useful. I remember the activities we did, they were all fun and through them I have the friends I hang out with today. It really helps your school life, I guess.
Would you recommend INTO Manchester to future students?
I would, definitely, because every student has different needs and purposes. INTO Manchester accommodates international students’ needs really well, by having staff members who have been around international students their whole careers. Just being around others who have the same need as you, has been really useful and been a success for me.