Etienne arrived in Strathclyde in 2010 as an undergraduate student in Pure & Applied Chemistry (MSc). He previously studied in France for two years at the IUT de Chimie in Montpellier. Etienne is now a PhD student in Chemistry at Strathclyde under Dr Stuart D Robertson.
Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?
I really wanted to try something new. I studied for two years in France and didn’t really enjoy it. I had been to Glasgow before when I was younger for a year and liked it so was keen to come back. I chose Strathclyde for its good reputation in Chemistry.
What have been the main differences for you between studying in France and Scotland?
There are less lectures here. The hours are a lot longer in France, which makes it difficult to do things such as study at the library. The professors here really want to teach you - I think there is more of a distance between professors and students in France.
What do you think of Strathclyde as a place to study?
It’s a very positive place. The fact that I’ve stayed for my PhD after studying as an undergraduate shows that I like it here!
Had you always planned on studying a PhD after your undergraduate degree?
Not necessarily. My final-year project had a lot to do with it. This is the same group I am now with doing my PhD. Maybe if the group hadn’t suited me I would have studied somewhere else but because I like the group and I know the Chemistry here it was easy for me.
Would you recommend Strathclyde to prospective international students?
Yes, definitely. There is a good balance between Scottish people and the international students.
What has been the best bit about studying at Strathclyde?
The liberty. You’re in a different country – you may change your behaviour a bit but you’ll have the opportunity to meet many people. I now have friends in the Czech Republic, for eg, who I visit. The education at Strathclyde is very good, the teaching is of a high standard.