College students culture tour to Vietnam and Thailand

Three undergraduate students from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences have travelled to Thailand and Vietnam to take part in a two week summer cultural mobility programme.

Vietnam Thailand Culture Tour 2015Beth Owen who studies Social Policy, nursing student Aled Thomas and Sarah Hoskins who is studying Osteopathy will spend six days as guests of Rangsit University which is situated in the Pathumthani Province of Thailand followed by six days with Duy Tan University in Danang, Central Vietnam.  They will explore both countries during their stay, learning about Thai and Vietnamese culture.

Highlights of the trip include a bicycle tour of Bangkok, visits to local markets, temples and beaches, tours of both university campuses, an elephant trek and a homestay with a Thai family.

Each student has been supported on this trip of lifetime by an £800 International Mobility Fellowship, which was funded by the College of Human and Health Sciences. The successful students had to apply for their funding, demonstrating their academic achievements, detailing why they wished to travel to Thailand and Vietnam and explaining how the trip would benefit their studies.

Cecilia Wu, Internationalisation Manager for the College of Human and Health Sciences said: “The standard of the students applying for the scholarship, who have been recommended by their tutors, has been very high this year.  This is the perfect opportunity for first and second year undergraduate students to broaden their horizons and gain an insight into other cultures. Most importantly, these students will begin their journey towards becoming global citizens, which is a good preparation for life after being a student! 

“Our students have also had the opportunity to apply for a £400 Global Bursary from Swansea University’s International Development Office which will support the visit. 

“The College of Human and Health Sciences is looking to modify the selection criteria for the International Mobility Fellowship and expanding the number of opportunities available, so watch this space for more information and for future opportunities!”

Osteopathy student Sarah Hoskins said: “I decided to go to Thailand and Vietnam because I wanted to explore different cultures and I was partially interested in Thai massage, which is closely related to my course.  I hope this will develop my education and understanding of alternative and complementary medicine. We have an elephant trek planned for us when we are out there, and as elephants are my favourite animal and it has always been a dream of mine to meet one, so being able to do all of this in one trip was perfect for me.”