Felipe, from Brazil, is studying an MSc in Industrial Biotechnology here at Strathclyde. Find out below what Felipe enjoys most about Strathclyde and Glasgow and what advice he has for international students.
Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?
Strathclyde had the Masters course which had what I was looking for.
In addition, reading about Strathclyde reassured me of my choice. The University is investing heavily in infrastructure and is a renowned institution.
Why did you choose your course?
I was very interested in the prospects of biotechnology and I wanted to continue my studies in this area and pursue a career in the industry. In this way, the MSc in Industrial Biotechnology had caught my attention, since the course was shaped by the needs of the industry. Moreover, it offers a real work experience when developing the thesis with a project in the industry. Thus, I chose the course as it will provide the required experience for future employment.
How did you choose the course?
I used search platforms to seek an MSc in biotechnology. I compared many universities that have this course and Strathclyde had what I wanted most.
How did you find the application process?
It's totally different from any application process in Brazil, so everything was new to me. However, all requirements are well explained on the University website, which facilitated the application process. Lastly, the Pegasus platform is self-explanatory and easy to use.
Had you been to Scotland before? What were your thoughts about Glasgow ahead of coming here?
I lived in Edinburgh for a year in 2008/2009, because my father did his Masters course there. That was a great experience for me, and I loved Scotland. So, I was really excited to live in Scotland again.
What do you enjoy about living in Glasgow?
There is a wide range of things to do, such as museums and parks. Moreover, Glasgow is a multicultural city, people are very friendly, which makes me feel very welcome.
What's the best thing about life at Strathclyde?
For me, it's having friends from all over the world, sharing different experiences and learning about different cultures. Additionally, the support the University offers through the Careers Service. There are sessions on working visa, CV writing and interviews which help me be more prepared.
What advice would you give to a student thinking of coming to Strathclyde?
My advice as an international student is not to be afraid. Strathclyde is a wonderful place that offers a lot of assistance to students and the staff will do everything to support you and make you feel welcome.