We caught up with three students from Hong Kong who began their second year of study at the University of Warwick during Covid-19. Alex Chung is studying Mathematics, Janice Lam is a second year Law (LLB) student and Walter Lam studies Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Find out how they have found returning to the UK below.
What led you to study in the UK?
Alex: The slow-paced, high-quality education system was what enticed me to study in the UK.
Janice: After spending a year at the University of Hong Kong I felt like I would prefer a more open environment for learning. I think in general, studying in the UK provides you with more chances to think critically and outside the box. There are more chances to engage in discussions, which is very different from Hong Kong’s spoon-fed style. I also wanted to study in a place that gives me more international exposure and the chance to meet different people.
How have you found returning to the UK for your second year of studying?
Janice: It has been fine, we have adopted a blended learning method. Lectures are online but there is still in person classes which keeps learning more engaging. The university has been doing things to keep us safe like having a mandatory indoor face-mask rule and providing alcohol wipes. They also provide a trace and track service.
Walter: As a second-year student, on campus accommodation is no longer provided and I rent a house with friends instead. Since Hong Kong has a low number of Covid-19 cases, I only had to worry about getting from the airport to my residence once I physically arrived in the UK, I booked a private taxi to avoid public transport.
Alex: For me, personally, I have found the experience okay. All my first-term lectures have moved online, and my department has given us the option to have online or in-person seminars. The University of Warwick also has its own track-and-trace system, and the numbers of active Covid-19 cases are publicly disclosed every week.