Finnish student Iiro sitting in a cafe

Iiro Kaukua

Finland

Iiro from Finland arrived at Strathclyde in September 2013. He is an undergraduate student in French and Marketing. Iiro is also part of the Strathclyde International Society team and has developed a love of surfing since arriving in Scotland.

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

I heard good things about the course and I also looked at the University rankings and decided I wanted to come here to study.

What attracted you to Glasgow?

I am from a small town at home so I liked the idea of coming somewhere bigger. I also heard many good things about the music scene in the city.

What do you enjoy about your course?

All the teachers and tutors have been very good, this has been one of the most important things for me.

What's the best thing about being in Glasgow?

There's so much happening. Before coming here I always wanted to try surfing; I never thought I'd be able to surf in Scotland but I am now on the surf committee. We surf on the west coast, close to Glasgow. There are a lot of opportunities I wouldn't have had if I hadn't come to Glasgow.

What advice would you give to an international student coming to Strathclyde?

Come here! I would advise people to take a lot of time writing their personal statement. Coming to Glasgow has been one of the best decisions I've made in my life.