Victor Kwok Seong Tan

MArch Architectural Design International

Victor came to Strathclyde in September 2016. He decided to further his studies here in Glasgow after he obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Taylor’s University, Malaysia.

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde for your Master's degree?
Strathclyde holds a good reputation in the building industry and is known to be an international-student friendly institute.

In what ways has studying in Scotland been different to studying at home?
Being an architecture student, responding to the community and understanding the culture is key. And that itself has been very different from home, I try to learn more about Scottish culture each day.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
The ability to create. As an architecture student, being granted full liberty in the entire design process is true bliss. Strathclyde empowers students to do just that. Strathclyde also encourages students’ creativity by organising field trips. For my year, I was fortunate to have participated in the Rafael Moneo Architecture Field Trip. It was a true eye-opener to tour around Spain and we even got to see the man himself, Mr Moneo, as he brought us around the Prado Museum.

Is Strathclyde a good place to be for an international student?
Definitely as I believe Strathclyde is a very international friendly institute.

What advice would you give to an international student thinking of coming to Strathclyde?
I would highly recommend international students to come as it will be an experience of a lifetime. If you are hesitant due to fear of adaptability, I would say worry not as there is nothing to worry about. Strathclyde has one of UK’s largest student unions and they are always there to help whenever needed. Glasgow itself is a very accepting city and the people are always friendly to approach. You will enjoy your time here.

What has been the best thing about coming to Strathclyde to study?
The best thing is to have been able to work alongside many other international students coming from all over the world. It’s always a pleasure and an eye-opener to learn different cultures from your international peers. Moreover, being one of UK’s largest cities, studying in Glasgow will provide you with opportunities to travel around Europe to gain even more hand-on experiences