Visiting Students Profiles
View Testimonials from previous visiting students to the School of Chemistry below:
Bernard de Ruyver, Katholieke Universiteit
Chemistry student from Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium
I had always wanted to go abroad during my studies in Leuven. Since the chance to do some research for my Master's thesis in Ireland came up, I didn’t doubt the opportunity for a second. The University College Cork had some smog chamber equipment that we do not have in Belgium and so the visit was a really good scientific opportunity. I had never been to Ireland before and I didn’t know anything about the country, nor even UCC. But from the first minute I set foot on Irish soil, I was surprised by the friendliness. Irish people are very warm, helpful and kind people. I was also surprised by the Cork City center, which is a really vibrant city with a lot of activities during the weekends.
The University is situated within an easy walk from the city center. In Belgium we also have some old universities, but I was instantly surprised by the beauty of the campus.
I performed my work in the CRAC-lab, under the supervision of Dr. John Wenger. From day one it felt like home, like I was part of the team. Periods of hard working hours were alternated with nice coffee breaks and (scientific) talks. I even got the opportunity to join them when going to a congress. Prof. Dr. Sodeau hired a nice cottage in Kerry for several of us to compete in the Met Eireann Quiz...... and I had one of the best weekends of my stay in Ireland. Thanks Guys!
Hock Ming Gan, University Science Malaysia
Chemistry student from University Science Malaysia
I am a student from University Science Malaysia (USM), and majoring in Analytical Chemistry. I was lucky to be chosen by the USM Student Exchange Program’s Scholarship to study abroad in the partner university programme which provides the opportunity to study for one semester in UCC. Studying abroad has always been my dream because it can broaden my perspective and provides a unique opportunity for personal development. Other than that, I can meet different people from all over the world. UCC was my first choice because it is one of the oldest universities and recognized as a leading research institute in Ireland. I studied a few chemistry modules in UCC and I found that the staff in the School of Chemistry were friendly and caring. The lecturers provide interesting teaching materials and create a great and fun learning environment for the students. In addition, the School of Chemistry is fully equipped with advance facilities and instruments for the research purposes. I hope to be able to further my Master or PhD degree in UCC.
Ireland is the first European country that I have visited. When I first arrived, I was impressed by the friendliness of the Irish people. I felt warm with their hospitality and I was able to adapt to the Irish culture in just a couple of days. I enjoyed my time in UCC and Ireland. It gave me many unforgettable memories and great experiences. I hope to return again in the future!