Canadian student Carly Cullen sitting in the bright green language centre

Carly Cullen


Canadian student Carly is currently studying for her Masters degree within the Law School here at Strathclyde. After being accepted into five different universities across the UK, she chose Strathclyde and first came to Glasgow in September 2014 to study Criminal Justice & Penal Change.

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

I applied through a programme called Across the Pond and told them that my interest was in criminology. I was accepted into five universities, so I then asked my course director which of these universities had the best programme. She said ‘Strathclyde has the best, hands down.’ So here I am!

How helpful was Strathclyde in this process?

The course director, Cyrus Tata, emailed me to tell me that he was really excited about my application and that he hoped I would choose Strathclyde. This contact was a major factor in my choosing Strathclyde to study. It was nice that he reached out to me before I had even received my acceptance email from the University.

What are the differences between studying in Canada and in the UK?

Studying at Masters level I’ve found people so much more helpful. There were around 30,000 people at my university at home. Studying at Strathclyde, the staff are very good at directing you and taking an interest and the people are all very helpful.

Do you enjoy living in Glasgow?

Glaswegians are the friendliest people I have ever met. I live in the city centre, which is very handy for getting about and meeting people. I’m very glad that I chose to come and study here. Glasgow is home for me now.

What advice would you give to students coming to study at Strathclyde?

I would advise people to take a step back and chill out – things will always work out and people are always there to help.

What is the best thing about studying at Strathclyde?

I'm a very sociable person so I have really enjoyed meeting people from all around the world. I have friends from Nigeria, Ireland and Germany. We’re like a collective group now. We all work hard but enjoy ourselves, too.

What do you like most about Glasgow?

The friendliness of the people is what impresses me most. Glasgow is a very understated city – visitors are surprised by its beauty when they come here to stay and find out how much there is to do.