Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #12 - Tiago

Student Tours Scotland embraces Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship

This week Student Tours Scotland speaks with Tiago about his time in Glasgow which ended in September 2013 after one year. Here is what he had to say:

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?

Tiago (T): Hello, my name is Tiago Fernandes, I'm 26 years old, from São Luís, where I study.

STS: Why choose Glasgow, Tiago?  What made you decide it was the place to go with Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship?

T: It was all about the University. I saw the programme, the modules, the structure and applied.  To be honest with you I didn't know anything about the city. I knew something about Glasgow Rangers and Celtic F.C., but nothing about the city itself. I even thought it was the capital of Scotland.

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

T: When I arrived I didn't do much because it was already late, but the day after I remember going to Wetherspoon, the one in Sauchiehall street. I ate a Scottish pie (which after has become one of my favourite foods). This was my first contact to the city. I was amazed by the city's architecture, it's a mix of classical and modern architectures.

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

T: I'm really enjoying my time here. Glasgow is a complete city and besides, it's very cosy and safe. People here are friendly and very partying. You always have many options on what to do here. Also, it's not an expensive city if compared to London or even to Edinburgh. With a few queens you can fill a basket in Tesco. I'd stay longer if I could and if I have some opportunity to return in the future I won't think twice.

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

T: Yes, I have. I have been to Loch Lomond and Loch Ness in one of the Student Tours Scotland trips, to Isle of Skye with the guys from the University of Glasgow and to Aviemore, which was a trip GCU provided. Scotland is a paradise. Having now (at the time of writing) only a few days to go back home I feel like I could have travelled more around Scotland.

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

T: Of course. Firstly, for the reasons I've just mentioned. Second, because the education itself is not only one of the best in the UK, but also one of the best in the world.

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

T: I will Probably miss the safety I have here, and the many options this city provides whenever I want to go out. I'll also miss the weather (I'm serious).

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

T: I'd recommend a visit the museums, specially Kelvingrove and Riverside. Also the Glasgow Science Centre is a must-see. A visit to the Glasgow necropolis (it seems weird, but it's a very nice place, specially at night time). A walk around the city centre, etc, etc.

STS: Cheers for chatting with us Tiago!

T: My pleasure. Cheers!!!