Tina Geiser

Switzerland and Thailand, BSc (Hons) Psychology

One of the main things I’ve enjoyed is all the opportunities that have come with the Psychology course and with Oxford Brookes.

Tina Geiser - Switzerland and Thailand, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Why did you choose the UK?

Mental health in Thailand is a lot different to how people deal with mental health in the UK. As my idea of Psychology is very western based, it was between studying in Canada, America and England. As I am an EU resident I knew I could work here in the UK and it was more convenient and closer to family who were in Germany.

Would you recommend your course?

Yeah, of course. Predominantly because of the course outline which really excited me.  You should feel excited, you should look forward to doing it. The course is so dynamic and you can cater it to how you want your experience to be. If you’re interested in Developmental Psychology, you can go into Developmental Psychology. You can pick and choose courses for your third year that are specific to that area of Psychology. I think the freedom you have is definitely one of the biggest reasons why I’d suggest this course to other people.

How does the teaching style differ from what you have had in the past?

I previously did the International Baccalaureate. For anyone that has done IB when they come to university will be quite familiar with the pressure you’ll face with coursework and exams. However in terms of teaching style, it is a lot different. Tutorials are in super small groups and then you’ll have seminars which are a little bigger. Sometimes it is really hands on and sometimes you’ll just sit and write notes. You’re responsible for your own learning completely, rather than being prompted to do something in the classroom.

Which of the university’s facilities have you found the most useful?  

It’s between the library and the computer room in the Gibbs building, because those places are both really great study spaces. In the library you have red, amber and green zones, from where people are not allowed to speak at all to where people can collaborate as much as they want. There are so many computers, books, textbooks, journals and databases you can use. I really enjoy the facilities in Gibbs with the computer room specifically for Psychology students, so I can just go there if the library is too full.  

Do you have any tips for future international students coming here?

Get involved with societies and get involved with any voluntary opportunities. Put yourself out there, speak to random people, because everyone is in the same boat. Also, decorate your room. Find places you like to eat that remind you of home and speak to people with the same sort of cultural background. I think that’s a good way to settle in, because you’ll realise that you’re not that far away from home.