Jack Allan

4th year

Jack, from Scotland, studied at our Malaysia Campus for a year on an Inter-Campus Transfer. He is studying Business Management in the School of Social Sciences. 

Why did you decide to take part in the Global Student Programme at Heriot-Watt?

Firstly, it is a fantastic and unique opportunity. The simplicity of the transfer as well as the ability to continue studying the same degree programme is a massive advantage. Malaysia is growing in stature from a business point of view and I saw it as an opportunity to familiarise myself with a country where I could potentially be conducting business in the future.

How is studying in Malaysia different to studying in the UK?

Obviously, the weather, food and currency is different and the culture is very different.

How does the culture differ in Malaysia?

The UK is a very structured society in comparison to Malaysia. Malaysia seems more relaxed than the UK in the way the people operate. The Malaysian's call this ‘Malaysia Time' and it can take a while to get used to. Aside from this, the Malaysian people are very friendly and seem generally keen to learn about Europe, the UK and Scotland

What are the highlights from you global student experience?

The ability to travel is the major highlight. We went away four times in a semester. The South East Asia region is massive and has something for everyone; beaches, cities and rural communities.

What advice would you give other students thinking of taking part in Heriot-Watt's Global Student Programme?

Do it.