What Our International Students Say

Many international students have come the Department of Psychology and enjoyed the experience of our courses as well as life in Lancaster. This is what some of our former students have said:

Lucy Houchen, former undergraduate student

Lucy Houchen, former undergraduate student

"Having graduated from Lancaster, I am currently studying for a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid where I plan to explore theory of mind in schizophrenic spectrum disorders. The dissertation aspect of the degree offered by Lancaster helped me develop the fundamental abilities required by all psychologists particularly the ability to formulate, carry out and write-up an independent piece of research. The focus on depth at Lancaster in some of the most important areas of psychology gave me a fantastic foundation for further study, notably with regards to investigation and specifically the importance of statistics and data analysis in the practical application and postgraduate study of psychology.

"Four years on, I have received the continued support of the psychology department at Lancaster from both academic and administrative staff. Their effective assistance has made my move to postgraduate study at a foreign university much easier offering references, letters and official academic records. Any prospective student wanting to pursue a career in psychology would be greatly advantaged not only by the reputation of the department but by the support offered to all its students past and present."

Diana Tham

Diana Tham

"I came to Lancaster expecting to spend a year doing my Masters in Developmental Psychology and leave soon after. As an international student, I did not anticipate too much of myself because I am in a foreign country and it could be intimidating at times. However, within the first few weeks studying at Lancaster University, I dared to dream big. The taught modules were inspiring and at the same time challenging. With support services that are constantly available at the University (e.g., English language for international students, how to write essays), it provided me with a firm grounding of what was expected and what I could do to improve. I can honestly say that I owe the distinction for my MSc dissertation to my supervisors, other staffs within the department, and friends within the course that unconditionally respond to my sometimes, stressed out 'cries'.

"Of course, as the saying goes, 'all work no play makes Jack a dull boy', and it is true. During my Masters year, I have met many wonderful and talented students through societies and clubs. I myself managed to join two societies that I would not have the opportunity to join if I were back in my country. Based on the exhilarating study and social experience I have had at Lancaster University, I have decided to further pursue my PhD in this well established university. I have full confidence that I can continue to develop into a successful researcher with sheer determination and supports from the department."

Macarena Silva Trujillo

Macarena Silva Trujillo

"I am from Chile and have been living in Lancaster with my husband for a year. I came to study for a PhD on narrative development in young children. I can say that it is not always easy to be so far away of your family and friends but I do not regret my choice.

"It has been a great experience in many ways. I live on campus, which is an excellent opportunity to meet other students and to enjoy different activities that complement your studies, like sports, theatre, dance, live music etc. As an international student, it is nice to share your experience with other students from overseas, learn new languages and know more about different cultures.

"We have felt very welcome in Lancaster. I enjoy my PhD research very much and feel supported by my supervisor and the other academics in the department. There is a wide offer of different courses you can take to improve your language and presentation skills, opportunities to participate in seminars every week and to do teaching in the department. I will never forget this experience and all the things I have learned."

Margaret Nampija

Margaret Nampija

"I am a medical doctor and a "psychologist in the making", currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology. Having worked with children in the Entebbe Mother and Baby Study (Uganda) I developed a special interest in cognitive development. So I came to Lancaster University and did a masters degree in Developmental Psychology.

"I chose Lancaster because it was strongly recommended for its good academic reputation. The lecturers are very hardworking and dedicated and aim at getting the best out of every student. I owe the distinction in my MSc dissertation to my tutors. The administrative (non-teaching) staff are also very supportive. Based on the conducive learning environment that I experienced in Lancaster University, I have had to come back to do my PhD also there."

Ut Na Sio

Ut Na Sio

"I am interested in human problem solving research, especially in examining mechanism underlying the flash of insight. My PhD studies investigate the incubation effect in insight problem solving. Academics in the department are very friendly and supportive, and have inspired me a lot."