Kim Ritchie

4th year

Kim, from Scotland, studied at our Malaysia Campus for a year on an Inter-Campus Transfer. She 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?

The opportunity to study in Malaysia was very appealing from many perspectives. Continuing the same programme while experiencing an entirely different culture and country seemed like a win-win and the sunny climate in Malaysia made it an even easier decision to make!

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

As the Malaysian Campus is newer than Edinburgh, the class sizes are considerably smaller. This means more time can be spent with the lecturers.

What are the highlights from you global student experience?

The highlights from this experience will have to be the travelling we were able to do. Malaysia has beautiful islands and beaches and, as it is located close to so many different countries, you could visit a different place every weekend and barely even scratch the surface of travel destinations. Being able to travel with a large group makes these opportunities even more memorable.

What advice would you give other students thinking of taking part in Heriot-Watt's global student programme?

I would thoroughly recommend anyone thinking of taking part in Heriot-Watt's global student programme to take full advantage of the offer. Spending a year abroad is a fantastic way to meet new people, learn about a new culture and have the opportunity to travel the surrounding areas. Do think carefully about it as it can be quite a long time without your home comforts however I definitely think it's worth it for the experience you will gain.