Pure & Applied Chemistry International Students

Here in the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry, we have students from all over the world. This gives us a wonderfully international environment in which our students can work and study.

Find out what some of our current students think about studying chemistry here at the University of Strathclyde:

Events for international students

We want you to feel at home from the moment you arrive. That's why we have events and groups set up to make the transition easier for you. 

One event is our annual Welcome Lunch, where you'll meet other new students in a similar situation. In the past, students have said they found it incredibly helpful. 

As well as having many students moving here from overseas to study, we have a significant number of ERASMUS and exchange students.

I'd recommend my department to other students, particularly for the good infrastructures, equipment and facilities. Moreover, all the staff members and other students have a friendly and helpful attitude, which is very supportive especially for foreign students.

Maria Paola, International student, Italy

Study abroad

Our undergraduate students have the opportunity to study abroad for a year and take summer and industrial placements overseas.

The University and the department offer various bursaries to help students to travel abroad, and to encourage overseas students to visit Strathclyde.

This is also an excellent time for international students to travel back to their home country, or choose another location, for placement or study. Although many overseas universities and companies use English in the workplace, studying or working abroad allows students the chance to enhance their language skills in a supportive environment.

Work experience

If you're studying one of our MChem courses, you'll usually have an integrated placement in Year 4.

Traditionally, our students undertake an industrial placement, a research placement or they work with other organisations.

These can take place in the Department here at Strathclyde, in the UK, in Europe or worldwide.

Each year a number of students travel to a range of countries. A small number are regularly placed with companies such as BayerCropScience in Frankfurt and Technologie Servier in Orleans, with other students travelling to Switzerland and Belgium for placements with Sika and Huntsman Polyurethanes.


University of Strathclyde chemistry graduates compete very successfully for jobs all over the chemical industry, both in the UK and overseas.

Your chances of employment are substantially increased by experience gained in undergraduate industrial placements and internship, so that's definitely something to think about while you're here.

Find our more about careers in chemistry.