Sarah Salo, Wisconsin, USA

Sarah Salo

Sarah from Wisconsin is studying MSc Clinical and Abnormal Psychology. We caught up with her to find out more about her experiences of studying at Swansea University...


What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University? I studied my undergraduate degree in Minnesota USA, took a year to work, then moved to Wales.

Why did you choose to study at Swansea University? I studied abroad at Swansea University for a semester during my undergrad because it had a module I was really interested in, and loved the school and Psychology programme, so I decided to come back.

Can you tell us about your course? It is a year-long course, September to September, with 2 semesters of modules and a summer of a dissertation. I had 11 modules, a placement at Morriston Hospital, and a research dissertation with a well-known professor in an area I’m very interested in.

What part of the course do you/did you enjoy the most? Definitely the placement. It is invaluable experience in the field I’m interested in which not only allows me to develop my clinical identity but also to increase my employability and future prospects at working in the field.

What are your plans/hopes for the future? I would like to work as an assistant psychologist for a year before applying for a clinical doctorate programme.

Would you recommend Swansea University to other students? Absolutely. The Psychology staffs are fantastic, helpful, and incredibly knowledgeable. They will help wherever they can. The modules are interesting and the opportunity to get a placement and work with renowned research professors is invaluable. 

How do you feel about winning this scholarship? What was the process to apply for the scholarship? I was incredibly excited. Tuition is higher for me as an international student so it made coming to Swansea a lot easier. I had to fill out an application form, request references, and write reasons I deserved the scholarship as well as how I would benefit the course and how it would benefit me.