For the last three years, Aston University has been granted funds under the Prime Minister’s Initiative 2 (PMI2) to help students study at our partner university in Seoul, Korea University.
Aston University student Faisal Rajput is currently nearing the end of his placement year in Korea. Faisal is one of a growing number of Aston students taking an overseas placement year, taking advantage of studying at world-class partner institutions in English. In addition, these students enjoy exploring new cultures and environments in different parts of the world.
As a student on the BSc Construction Management, Faisal is enjoying being able to take modules not available at Aston which have fuelled his personal interest in architecture and may prove invaluable in defining his future career path. He tells Aspects: "I feel it is a privilege to attend Korea University and benefit from the incredible world class facilities it has in place. The rest of Asia is only few hours away and it isn’t rare to find yourself in Japan one weekend and China the next. All things considered studying abroad brings about unrivalled benefits that build character and demonstrate a motivated and capable mentality to potential employers."
For the year 2011/12, there are 10 grants available, each worth £600 to be used for costs associated with a full year study at Korea University. Under the terms of the exchange agreement, there are no fees payable and grants can be used for travel or accommodation costs etc. Students must be a UK or EU undergraduate student in order to apply.
Interested students should submit an email to firstname.lastname@example.org enclosing a current c.v. and a 500-word letter stating their reasons for applying and how they intend to use the grant.
Words by David Tobin
23 March 2011