"I am from Singapore and I decided to pursue medicine in Galway, Ireland because of its strong reputation in clinical teaching and medical research. My first year in the medicine program has been an enriching experience. Besides lectures and lab work, I was able to sign up for an Interprofessional Learning elective, where I got to interact and exchange medically related opinions with peers of various healthcare disciplines, across all other Irish Universities (Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and University College Dublin). Another highlight of the course is the Special Study Module where I was able to learn more about the culture and health of the travelling community in Tuam Co. Galway.
Besides, academia, NUI Galway provides me with opportunities to join various societies and events, for example, I was a member of the orchestra society and during my residence, I was given the chance to go on a road trip to Connemara and rehearse against the backdrop of scenic mountains and lakes. There are also meaningful charity runs to take part in. For instance, the NUIgalway 8k run, allowed me to challenge myself physically and mentally, while at the same time, lend a helping hand to those in need.
Although it has only been my first nine months in Galway, I can already liken Galway as my second home. From the serene beaches at salt hill to the casual chic cafes along Shop Street, in three words, Galway is a friendly, quaint, and beautiful county indeed."
— Ho Min Yun, Student in a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery and of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (MB BCh BAO), from Singapore (2015-2020)