Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #09: Augusto

Another day, another Brazilian

Welcome to another Glasgow Sem Fronteiras where we at Student Tours Scotland chase down a student from Brazil who is on the Ciência Sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK scholarship. This week we chat with Augusto who is at the University of Strathclyde.

Student Tours Scotland (STS): Hello, so, who are we talking to today? Name, age, where you come from in Brazil, your home place of study?

Augusto (A): Hello! I’m August and I am 22 years old. I study in Sao Carlos, a city 240km away from Sao Paulo (actually, my hometown is Rondonópolis, more than a thousand kilometres from my university – this means I just visit my family 3 or 4 times a year).

STS: Why choose Glasgow, August? What made you decide it was the place to go with Ciência Sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK?

A: First of all I wanted to study somewhere in Europe, actually I wanted to study in the UK! Well, searching for which universities offered my course; I came across University of Strathclyde here in Glasgow, my first option when I applied. It was perfect! I mean, study in Scotland with all those amazing landscapes, beautiful scenarios, movie locations...

STS: What was your FIRST experience in Glasgow after arriving?

A: The first thing I remember is getting the cab to the accommodation. I couldn’t understand a word the driver was saying because of the accent! But we managed to arrive in the right place! And in that same night it was the first time I saw snow (not proper snow, but something frozen was falling from the sky)! The next day, buying food at the supermarket, saying, “Ok, I don’t know what this thing is but well I’m hungry, I’ll take that!”

STS: Are you enjoying your time in Glasgow? What aspects of life in the city are you most enjoying?

A: I am absolutely enjoying my time here! People here in Glasgow are really friendly and helpful, it’s amazing. And here we can find every kind of things to do. There are a lot of parks and they are the best place to go in a sunny day, cafés where you can just order something and stay to read a book, pubs with live and good music, clubs for all music tastes, a cinema that is actually a building with 9 floors and lots of movies to choose...awesome.

STS: Have you managed to do any touring around Scotland while here with Ciência Sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK?

A: Sure! The landscapes in Scotland are breathtaking. Maybe this is the reason several movies (such as Harry Potter and Cloud Atlas) have scenes filmed here. The mountains and the lochs form a unique vision that makes you want to stay there for hours. The castles, their stories and how they survived for centuries are simply incredible. Oh, I can’t forget Isle of Skye and Isle of Seil, Stonehaven and Troon Beach, such amazing places!

STS: Would you encourage other students from Brazil, who are thinking of going abroad with Ciência Sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK to study in Glasgow? If yes, why?

A: Yes, sure! Glasgow has really good universities to study. Also, the city is full of life, it has everything a big city should have for everyone. Also, the experience to learn English (and the Scottish accent as well) and the possibility to know the country and the culture are the best things here.

STS: What will you miss the most from Glasgow when you return to Brazil?

A: I don’t know if I can pick just one thing. I’d say the parks, cafés, pubs, the clubs, the friendly people, Cineworld. Everything here is so different and amazing that I can’t choose! And I can’t forget the unique experience of going out 11pm while there is still sunlight in the sky and coming back home at 3am and it’s already day again!

STS: What one thing would you tell an incoming student that they HAD to do in Glasgow?

A: I would tell him/her to visit the amazing Cathedral and after that visit the Necropolis. It is a peaceful place and the city view is perfect.

STS: Cheers for chatting with us August!

A: Cheers, Gary!