From Hong Kong to Swansea to New South Wales: study abroad enhances Adam’s student experience

BSc Psychology graduate Hei Yin (Adam) Chan celebrated success today (Wednesday, July 16) as he received his second-class honours, upper division (2:1) degree from Swansea University.

Adam, aged 22, originally from Kowloon, Hong Kong, received his degree at a Congregation for the University’s College of Human and Health Sciences, held in the City and County of Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall, joining around 3,000 students who are receiving their degrees and awards this week.


Adam first came to Swansea in 2011 as an international student, to undertake a three year BSc Psychology degree programme in the College’s Department of Psychology.  He had developed his interest in psychology as a college student in Hong Kong and had been fascinated by the appliance of psychology in daily life, to understand how individuals behave differently.


Adam Chan

Adam said: “After reviewing information on Swansea University’s location, and the course’s content and reputation, I decided that Swansea was the ideal place for me to study for my undergraduate degree in psychology – it has a splendid reputation for student life, and is a highly-regarded place for newcomers.”


After starting his course, Adam decided to transfer to a four year programme, to enable him to take up the opportunity of a year’s study abroad, which he spent at the University of New South Wales in Australia, one of Swansea’s student exchange partners.


Adam’s year abroad in Australia was arranged by the University’s International Development Office (IDO) and Sian Impey, Deputy Head of IDO, said: “As an international student from Hong Kong coming to Wales, Adam had of course already chosen to study abroad.


“To then undertake a secondary study abroad experience as part of his Swansea degree programme was unusual, but demonstrates how students like Adam are able to take advantage of the many exciting opportunities and study experiences the University and its international partners can offer.


“Since returning to Swansea, Adam fully appreciates the value of time abroad in terms of enhancing both the student experience and student employability. He has been an advocate for the benefits of study abroad, assisting the IDO-organised Study Abroad Fair and presenting on his experiences at information sessions for students considering studying abroad. 


“We hope his story will inspire other students coming to Swansea University to do the same.”


Adam, who will now undertake further study through a postgraduate MSc Occupational Psychology degree, said: “My interest in the area of occupational psychology has developed since I undertook a ‘Behaviours in Organisations’ module in Australia during my study abroad programme. I have since realised I have a huge passion for this area and I am keen to become an Occupational Psychologist in the future.


“As well as having a transformational effect on me personally, entering the global jobs market with experience of living and studying in three different countries on three different continents will hopefully make me eminently more employable than if I had continued my studies in Hong Kong.”