Portuguese student Tania first came to Strathclyde in September 2013 to study a Masters degree in Criminal Justice & Penal Change. Tania was working as a full-time trainee lawyer back home in Portugal but decided she wanted to move into Criminal Justice because it's something she's always been interested in. She's now working part-time in Glasgow while studying for her degree and thinks it's the best thing you can do while here as an international student.
Why did you decide to study at Strathclyde?
I chose to study here because of the course. I found the Masters very interesting and it had everything I wanted to study, so that was the main reason.
What help did you get from the University when you applied?
At the time, I was emailing Emma Johnstone, from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, back and forth and she was very helpful, I could ask her anything and she’d help. You can also do the application online so it’s very easy.
What do you like about the University?
It’s very easy to access everything. There’s an online system called Pegasus where you can access your university email, everything. The library is very easy to access. You can take the books home – you can’t do that in Portugal so I spent so much money studying law - some of them are short loans, so you can have them for a day but some of them you can borrow for six weeks which is great.
How did you find your private rented accommodation?
I lived in London at the time so it was very easy. I just searched online and I actually came up to Glasgow from London to check the room!
What differences are there studying in Glasgow from Portugal?
It’s completely different. Everything is different. I feel the professors here are more helpful and very supportive. If I need anything I can ask any one of the professors or staff.
What do you like most about studying here?
I love the Masters. I really enjoy the reading when I’m studying. The classes are very interactive so it’s not like you’re just sitting there having a lecture, listening the whole time.
What do you like about living in Glasgow?
Everything. People are so friendly and it’s very easy to socialise. When I first moved here, I didn’t know anyone which was quite hard but because I’m working at the same time as I’m studying as a part-time student, I’ve made friends and can socialise more. Also you can’t get bored. In terms of culture, everything is free here – museums and things are free – which is nice.
What advice do you have for anyone considering studying at Strathclyde?
Try to talk to as many people as possible. Also get a part-time job, even if you don’t need one because it’s a great start for meeting people and everything. But at Strathclyde you’ll meet other international students and people from Scotland so that’ll help as well.