Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #10 - Pedro

Glasgow Without Borders

Student Tours Scotland chats with Pedro from Glasgow Caledonian University who is studying in Glasgow from Brazil on the Ciência Sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK scholarship.

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?

Pedro (P): My name is Pedro Henrique de Oliveira Nogueira, I’m 22 years-old, I came from Distrito Federal in Brazil and study in University of Brasília.

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

P: I chose Glasgow as a city to study in the UK, by the Ciência Sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders (SWB) UK scholarship Program, because it’s a big city with an international reputation in the quality of its scientific and industrial production. Since I signed up in the SWB with the purpose of improve my graduation in Engineering, I thought that Glasgow would be a perfect place to do my exchange. Besides that, I wished to learn about the culture of Scotland and improve my English as a second language.

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

P: My first experience was to admire the beauty of the city at night when I landed in Glasgow and to see snow for the first time in my life.

STS: Are you enjoying your time in Glasgow on Ciência Sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK scholarship? What aspects of life in the city are you most enjoying?

P: I’m really enjoying my time in Glasgow, it’s a big city with a lot of festivals, museums, history, art and architecture attractions, with people from a lot of different cultures and parts of the world. I’m really enjoying the quantity of attractions that the city has to offer, especially about Scotland’s culture and costumes. For example, I like to taste the Scottish foods and go to dance Ceilidh - a Scottish dance. I liked a lot about the Scottish accent and the Glaswegian slang and accent, despite it’s a 'wee bit' difficult to understand sometimes. But I think this is what makes the Scottish accent nice. I like a lot how the Scottish people care about their costumes and culture and have proud of it.

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

P: During my stay in Glasgow I managed to travel around some places in Scotland to know more about the culture. So far, I’ve been to Edinburgh, Stirling, Fort William, Balloch, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Aviemore, Loch Ness and Perth. But I'll manage to visit many other places around Scotland before go back to Brazil. I also have been to some castles in Scotland, like the Edinburgh Castle, the Stirling Castle, Eilean Donan Castle and Urquhart Castle. And to many parks and museums around Scotland.

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

P: I strongly encourage other Brazilian students to come to Glasgow. My stay in Glasgow is been the best experience in my life, not only in the academic sense, but also in the personal sense. The city has a lot to offer.

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

P: I’m going to miss the people from Glasgow, the festivals, the Glaswegian accent, the events that take places in the city and the beauty of the city.

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

P: Talk to as many Glaswegians as possible and try to understand their accent. Try to eat Haggis, go to Ceilidh and buy a kilt. Visit George Square, Kelvingrove Park and Museum, Merchant City, Glasgow Cathedral, the West End, People Palace Museum, Glasgow Green, Bellahouston Park, see a bagpipe parade, walk beside the River Clyde and see the colors of the city during the night.

STS: Cheers Pedro!