Glasgow Sem Fronteiras #17: Flávio

Student Tours Scotland meets up Flávio from Brazil to discuss the Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship which he has been doing since September 2013 in Glasgow.

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?

Flávio (F): Opa! Im Flávio, 21, and I come from Sao Paulo, but I was studying in the countryside, Araraquara, for the last three and a half years.

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

F: Well, mostly because I wanted to improve my english. In the process, we first had to choose the UK. Then, I decided for the university according to three criteria: the location, the ranking of the university in the area I study and the course that I would be enroled with, not in this specific order. At the begining, I had chosen the UK because I wanted to go to London, but I realized that the universities there are not so good, so I decided for Glasgow.

STS: What is your earliest memory of arriving in Glasgow - any funny or weird experience?

F: I came to Scotland from Germany. On the flight, the guy besdie me spoke to me, and as I didnt understand anything, i replied, 'sorry, I dont speak German'. He was actually Scotish,with a very strong accent. I didnt look at him again until we landed.

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

F: Yes, a lot! The city is awesome! Not only the city, but it is awesome to travel around Scotland! You have lots to do, people are very friendly,the museums are well organized and it is safe to walk around.

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

F: Indeed, I went with you to Glenfinnananannn (I know it's spelled wrong) viaduct, to Loch Lomond and also did a road trip with my girlfriend when she came to Scotland. We went to the Isle of Skye, Inverness and down the Cairgorms National Park. We saw a lot and it was worth losing a week of classes.

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?

F: Definetely! Scotland is not only Loch Ness and Kilts! It is such a rich culture and live country. If you have the opportunity to come, you wont regret.

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

F: Humm, I am stuck between the proximity to different cultures and the pubs!

STS: What one piece of advice would you give students from Brazil thinking of going to Glasgow Ciências sem Fronteiras - Science Without Borders UK Scholarship?

F: Come. And don't miss the opportunity to learn as much as you can, to talk with everybody, to go on day-trips and to taste haggis before you criticize it!

STS: Cheers for chatting with us Flávio!

F: Cheers, see you on Gaucho-Feira!