German international student Julia

Julia Loder


German student Julia arrived at Strathclyde in September 2014. She is studying for an MSc in Quantitative Finance. Here, she discusses her experience of studying at Strathclyde and shares some tips for prospective international students.

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

I chose to study here because of the Quantitative Finance programme and also because I wanted to study in a great city – so Glasgow was perfect for that.

What differences are there between studying in Germany and in Glasgow?

One difference has been the tuition fees – studying is free in Germany, even studying a Masters. Studying here, the classes are much smaller. There is good contact with the lecturers and the materials are more straightforward. Overall, I have a much greater learning experience here.

What do you think about the University as a place to study?

The Science Faculty is very well organised… our programme leader helps us with everything. I feel very well prepared for entering the job market when I finish.

What do you enjoy about living in Glasgow?

Glasgow has a very big student population – there are always places to go and lots of people going out. You’re never bored in Glasgow.

Have you met lots of other international students?

Yes, in my programme there are 12 people, who come from 10 different countries. I've also met lots of local students, which I think is a good thing, too. The mix between local and international students is really good.

What has been the best thing about coming to Glasgow to study?

For me, I would say meeting all the other students. I wouldn’t feel as comfortable as I do now had I not made all the friends I have.

What advice would you give to an international student coming to Glasgow?

I would say to look at the class modules very closely, make sure they fit what you're looking for. Also, give yourself plenty of time to find somewhere to stay. Staying at the university halls will give you plenty of opportunities to meet people.