Thai student Natthaporn studied English and German back home in Thailand. She decided to come to Strathclyde to study a Masters in International Hospitality & Tourism Management after graduating with her undergraduate degree.
Why did you choose Strathclyde?
I chose Strathclyde because it's very famous and has a really good reputation, especially for my course which ranked second last year. I think that's really good because it's really high compared to other universities in the UK.
What do you think about the University?
It's a cosy place for students. The teachers and lecturers are really supportive and friendly - because the University has many international students, they understand the needs of international students. There are lots of activities you can do here too, like the sports clubs and the societies. It's a great place for students who really want to experience the international stuff as well as the Scottish. The library here is very good too - it's really big and you can stay there for 24 hours around exam time.
What did you think when you first arrived?
When I first came here I felt very new and excited with everything, like the architecture here is totally different to Thailand, the culture here too. The thing that I'm very impressed with though are the people. People here are very nice and friendly and helpful. When I first came I had to ask people things and they were all really willing to help.
What do you think about Glasgow?
Glasgow is a good combination of advanced ways of living but also a good place to relax. If you want to experience shopping or going to nightclubs or socialising with people, you can do that here because it's a big city but when you study you can also focus on that because it's not that congested. You can have time to focus on both studies and activities.
What's your favourite part about studying here?
My favourite part is that I can practice English. The people here are very nice and I love the culture, the activities you can do and the touristy places too. Scotland is great for students who want to experience the cultural things or the natural things, especially in the Highlands, it's really beautiful and there are many natural resources in Scotland that you can travel to see.
What would you say to anyone considering coming to study at Strathclyde?
I'd definitely say come here to study. It's a great place to be. If you want to live in a big city that has good facilities but where you can also focus on your studies and get a good education, definitely come to Strathclyde.