Italian PhD student Anna standing in a lab in Biomedical Engineering

Anna Galluzzo

Italy

Anna Galluzzo is studying for her PhD in our Department of Biomedical Engineering. She's currently working on developing a biomaterial patch that can be placed onto the heart in order to help the regeneration of damaged cardiac cells.

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

It's one of the best universities here in the UK, especially the Department of Biomedical Engineering - it's one of the best. After my undergraduate degree, I decided I wanted to do my Masters here at Strathclyde and I'm glad I got accepted. I then got the opportunity to do my PhD here.

What help have you had from the University since coming here as an international student?

Before I came, whenever I asked for information, the Uni was so, so helpful - they were friendly and always replied immediately. I was very happy and looked forward to coming here. I'm from Italy so I did my application and everything from Italy which could have been difficult but instead was very easy and straightforward and I felt welcomed straight away. 

What's it been like moving away from home?

It was good actually. It was a new experience. New country, different language, different culture. I've had a really good experience here in Scotland with Scottish people - no problems whatsoever.

What are the differences between studying in Italy and studying in Scotland?

In Italy, most of the time, our lectures are in Italian so I guess when I moved here it was a bit more difficult to adjust and get used to the lectures in English.

What do you think about Glasgow?

I really like Glasgow, and Scotland in general. I've had the chance to travel around a little and I just really enjoy living here. I've been here for three years now and it feels like a second home.

What do you like most about the city?

I like the city centre but I guess the West End is my favourite. It's so natural and green, I love it.

What advice would you give to any international students thinking about coming to study at Strathclyde?

Try to find all the information online first of all. Then speak to as many people as you can who've had the same experience here, especially anyone from your country.