American student, Carolyn from Maryland, joined us via our Study Abroad programme. Find out about her experiences so far of her year at Strathclyde.
Choosing to study abroad at Strathclyde was the best decision I have ever made.
Why did you decide to study abroad and why did Strathclyde appeal to you?
Studying abroad has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. In fact, I chose to attend my home university specifically because it had such a great study abroad programme.
Was it easy to adapt to living here?
Besides having a stellar reputation, Strathclyde appealed to me because it is lesser known than other Scottish universities. University of Edinburgh and St. Andrew’s University are study abroad hotspots for Americans. By not having many other Americans around me at Strathclyde, I was able to make friends with the locals and really embrace Scottish culture.
Adapting to living here was surprisingly easy. I thought it would take much longer to adjust, but Strathclyde began to feel like home within the first few days of arriving on campus.
What makes Glasgow stand out for you as a city for study abroad students?
I knew very little about Glasgow prior to studying abroad, but I am so glad I chose to come here because it is perfect for study abroad students. Glasgow is known for being one of the friendliest cities in the world and it definitely lives up to its reputation. It is impossible to go to a pub and not end the night having made three new friends. Glasgow is also a great location to travel to and from. The bus station, train station and airport are all within close proximity to campus which makes travelling much easier.
Glasgow is known for being one of the friendliest cities in the world and it definitely lives up to its reputation. It is impossible to go to a pub and not end the night having made three new friends.
You’ve managed to visit a few places in Scotland. What’s been your favourite and why?
Besides Glasgow, my favourite place in Scotland is the Isle of Skye (pictured below). My mother came to visit me for a week during my first semester here and we took a bus tour up to Skye and around the Highlands. Skye was absolutely breathtaking, and the trip only reaffirmed my belief that Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
How different is studying in the UK as opposed to home?
UK universities require a lot more independent study than American universities do. You spend less time in class but are expected to study more on your own time. The UK style is supposedly more difficult because students are coddled less, but I have never had a problem with it and if you are really struggling there are resources set in place to help you. I have actually come to prefer the UK style because it grants students more freedom in their education. You learn at your own pace in your own way.
How have you found your on-campus accommodation?
I absolutely love my accommodation. I live in Birkbeck Court, which is perfect for study abroad students because it is located in the centre of campus and is very community-oriented.
What’s been the best thing about the study abroad experience so far?
The best thing about my study abroad experience so far has been meeting new people and developing lifelong friendships. Since Glasgow is such an international city, I have been able to make friends with students from Scotland and from all around the world.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study in Glasgow at Strathclyde?
Do it! Choosing to study abroad at Strathclyde was the best decision I have ever made. You will learn so much and have the time of your life!