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Hoa Tran International Foundation Year, BSc Sociology and Social Policy2015

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Hi, I'm Hoa Tran and I studied International Foundation Year, BSc Sociology and Social Policy within Humanities at the University of Southampton.

The IFY course has greatly helped me improve my English in all necessary skills including writing, speaking, listening and reading

What did you enjoy about the IFY course?
The IFY course has provided me with basic knowledge for studying in the United Kingdom, for example, while taking the module of Contemporary Britain I have learned many things about the country such as culture and people; or in Critical Thinking class, I can practise analysing and writing skills, which helps a great deal in my academic years. I am good at mathematics so I was interested in the Research Methods and have gained lots of skills in constructing a survey and producing a report.

What is Southampton like as a place to study?
Southampton is a peaceful and perfect place to study. There are just about enough entertainments such as bars and clubs, and a number of places for sight-seeing to walk around and enjoy fresh air such as Riverside Park and Southampton Common. Therefore, you won’t be distracted so much from studying, but still have many activities to relax. The University is away from city centre so you won’t be annoyed by busy traffic and crowded places of tourism. It is also convenient to get to other attractions near Southampton such as London, Winchester and Bath if you plan to spend the holiday somewhere new.

Tell us about your career aspirations
Being a Sociology & Social Policy student, I have always reminded myself how hard it would be to overcome such difficulties of language and ability to understand this field of study. Therefore I always keep trying hard in order to achieve what I’m aiming at, which is to come back to Vietnam and contribute to develop the country’s social and political situation. One of the possibilities after graduation is that I would continue to learn and conduct research on questions and issues to try tackling the country’s problems.

How do you think your course will help you in your chosen career?
While the IFY course has greatly helped me improve my English in all necessary skills including writing, speaking, listening and reading; the main course has prepared myself significant knowledge for my future career. For instance, when investigating sociological theories as well as different social policies that are being implemented in the United Kingdom, I learn how the country dealt with social issues and find ways to address similar problems in Vietnam. Particularly within the increasingly integrating process resulted from the globalisation, having the ability to use English fluently is the key to “bridge all distances”.

What advice would you give to an International student starting their degree at Southampton?
As an international student coming to study in one of the top countries for education, we should always try harder than anyone else in order to gain success. However, it is such a wonderful opportunity to come and live in this beautiful country that you must also enjoy the life besides study. Spend time travelling and you will discover more than what you can see. Bring some traditional costume and food too - these are good encouragement in the case of homesick; and to share your culture to international friends as well.

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