Pakistani student Junaid Shakoor came to Strathclyde last year. He is in the first year of a BSc degree in Computer Science. As well as being part of the Strathclyde International Society, Junaid is also treasurer of the University's Pakistan Society, which supports Pakistani students studying at Strathclyde and helps them to integrate with the international student community.
Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?
The first reason was that it was in Glasgow. Secondly, the University accepted my current qualifications and my interest in Computer Science, so that’s what brought me here.
What help did you receive in the application process/on arrival at Strathclyde?
I found the UCAS application pretty straightforward. When I arrived here, the International Office helped me with any general enquiries I had. I also spoke to people in the University’s Pakistan Society, who all helped me.
Are you enjoying the Computer Science course?
The teaching modules allow me to have direct contact with my mentors, which is a really important factor for me. You get a diverse range of hands-on experience with the material you learn. Overall, I would say I have greatly improved my learning and reasoning skills.
What do you enjoy about studying/living in Glasgow?
The living experience in Glasgow is very comfortable for a student. The diversity is something I really admire. There’s a new culture to explore in every corner of the city.
The city feels a bit like my hometown, Islamabad, if you take away the hills and the weather, that is! The welcoming people here contribute to that nice feeling.
What advice would you give to an international student thinking of coming to Strathclyde?
If you want to have a flexible learning environment and a peaceful place to live, this is the place to come to. The University is full of diverse experiences. You can also learn a lot from all the volunteering opportunities there are at Strathclyde.
Before arrival, I would suggest finding out as much as you can about your course. Come earlier than the start date of your course so you can settle before you begin to study. Once you’re here, put a lot of effort into your studies and everything else will be much easier to manage.
What is the best thing about studying at Strathclyde?
The great things I will be able to add to my CV from being here. The University programme is preparing me to be confident and have good experience for entering the job market.