Hunter Bennett, exchange student from Arizona State University, and a friend pictured with Glasgow Cathedral in background.

Hunter Bennett

USA

Business Management & Marketing student Hunter Bennett has spent the first half of 2018 on exchange at Strathclyde from Arizona State University in USA. Find out below what Hunter loves about Strathclyde, Glasgow and Scotland.

Why did you choose to come and study at Strathclyde?

I came to study at Strathclyde because I have always had a fascination with Scotland. My great grandmother was born in Glasgow and I really wanted to explore my heritage.

Scotland is also absolutely breath-taking and the highlands are the most beautiful place I have ever been to.

What differences have you found between studying at home and here in Scotland?

One huge difference between going to school at Strathclyde compared to back in the US is the learning style is completely different. Learning at Strathclyde is very independent and requires students to do a lot more learning on your own outside of the class room compared to in the US where all of the material is covered in class. There also was practically no assigned homework, compared to the hours of assignments that I got every night back home which was a nice surprise.

What have you enjoyed most about studying at Strathclyde?

By far the best thing about studying at Strathclyde was making lifelong friends and meeting students from all around the world.

The large number of international students meant that I wasn’t the only one trying to figure out how to live in a new country, it was comforting to know that there were hundreds of other students like me trying to figure everything out and that we could experience all of these new things together.

In my flat alone we had people from four different continents and it was a blast learning about each other’s cultures and lives back home.

What have you enjoyed most about studying in Glasgow/Scotland?

I absolutely love Glasgow, it’s not as fancy as Edinburgh but it has character and like they say People Really Do Make Glasgow! Everyone is so friendly it’s unlike any other place I have been.

Hunter Bennett, exchange student from Arizona State University

Scotland is an outdoorsman’s paradise and my favourite part of studying here is the amazing hikes that I have gone on through terrain that looks like it belongs in a fairy tale.

What advice would you give to an international student thinking of coming to Strathclyde?

The best advice I could give to an incoming international student is to be brave and put yourself out there and meet as many new people as you can! The worst thing that you can do is stay in your room all day while everyone else is out making new friends and having the time of their lives. 

Also, even though Glasgow is great, get out and explore the rest of Scotland and the rest of Europe. Glasgow airport has loads of cheap flights to London, Ireland, Germany, Spain, and many more.

What’s the best thing for an international student to do in Glasgow/Scotland?

My favourite things to do in Glasgow was to watch the sunset from the top of the Necropolis, study in the park at Glasgow Green, visit the Cathedral, and all of the amazing nightlife.

My favourite things to do in the rest of Scotland was going to Loch Lomond, Glencoe, and all of the castles.