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University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde, George Street 50, G1 1QE Glasgow, United Kingdom
3.90 / 5 based on 294 reviews.
Description:
The University of Strathclyde was founded in 1796 as Anderson's Institution. From its foundation the University was different from the other, much older, universities in Britain; it aimed at a wider range of students and a broader variety of subjects, especially those concerned with 'useful learning'.

The University of Strathclyde has two campuses: the John Anderson Campus in the centre of Glasgow, where the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering, Science and the Strathclyde Business School are located, and the Jordanhill Campus, with our Faculty of Education, in the west end of the city. Read more



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86% of students recommend
294 reviews
Housing
3.8/5
All experiences (294)
Student life
4.1/5
5 stars (72)
Academic
3.9/5
4 stars (144)
Languages
4.3/5
3 stars (66)
Expenses
3.3/5
2 stars (12)
Overall
4.5/5
1 star (0)
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leo150, Italy

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HOUSING    
by Leonardo, LUISS, Rome, Italy
Business Studies, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why? Because it was a very good experience to learn more about the different culture of the people are living in the campus. I shared the apartment inside the campus with different people: there were Scottish, Americans, Norwish, and even other. It was one of the most interesting aspects of my studies abroad.
Personal comments:
All I wrote above may explain what I think about. Moreover, it was a good chance to improve my English in a cosmopolitan city, filled of students many of them international. A meeting "service" was provided by the university managers to help international students meet other people in order to make you relaxed with the new city as soon as you feel comfortable. In conclusion, the university was well-organized for helping international students.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by Dilipkumar, Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India
Business Studies, Independent
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Student life dominates the city
Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
I found my student union a nice place to hang over and at the same time there are good night spots like Trash,Cube which i find interesting here.Glasgow has number of places which should not be missed like Kelvingrove park,Glasgow Science Museum,number of old galleries and most importantly the beautiful countryside.
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ACADEMIC    
by Dilipkumar, Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India
Business Studies, Independent
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
I like the courses to be more interactive with students rather than leaving everything for the students to study



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
The university should also provide for international students like me to offer more than formal advice for our future careers and particularly i found that most british Universities are unable to offer any form of career help to international students coming outside the European Union.Eventhough i like the course and my academic life here i am ending up with no career help(This is the only thing any student particularly international student can expect from a foriegn university).

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by Dilipkumar, Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India
Business Studies, Independent
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
Initially i thought that i know english well as it was my language of instruction throughout my academic life.But after coming here i am not able to understand this local scottish accent and it has taken sometime for me to adjust.Now i am pretty confident that i can understand any english accent as i am able to understand different international students english accent.I feel studying at a foriegn university has gave me this opportunity and in addition to this my presentation skills has improved a lot and i no longer need to fear if someone ask me to give a presentation.I am able to come over from my fear and i feel more confident now.
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EXPENSES    
by REBECCA, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, United States
Social Sciences, University Agreement
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Family
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
Personal spending habits:
To be honest I spent a lot of money going out, enjoying myself...boozing, partying. It got a little bit rough at the end as I ran out of money, but me & some friends got under the table part-time gigs at The Thistle Hotel. Who by the way will hire anyone for their catering services. Its pretty good pay, you make your own hours...usually weeknights 6-10pm, and do very little. They need help starting April for events. Just show up to the main ballroom at 6pm, wear black trousers, white shirt, black shoes, bring bank details and your set. They will not look at your passport to see if your legal. Guaranteed. If your really skint, try working at the club, The Garage, they also will hire anyone but the hours are horrible (10pm-4am) and the work is pretty rough. People usually last about a month, then quit out of exhaustion with that job. But whatever to pay the bills! Good luck!
Overall, Travel, Nightlife, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Food: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
Not really. Get a mobile phone with pay as you go, dont get a phonecard. Its definitely worth it. Phonecards suck. See if your bank charges for international transactions. Mine did. Also you don't have to bring a computer. Its not neccesary, so much socializing, so little studying and you won't be missing your friends/family back home for constant emailing/messaging. Trust me. Bring an Ipod/mp3 player for your music.
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OVERALL    
by Robert, Universitaet Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
Engineering, Mechanical, EC Marie Curie Fellowship for PhD
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
In terms of finance, britain is a rib off do not believe nice web pages, look at the facilities first do not compare a british b.sc. with a german Dipl.-Phys. or Dipl.-Ing. please be aware, every administration is a big mess keep a health insurance at home and take a plane in case you are seriously ill
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
this university is not to blame for things which are generally not working in britain, but they might improve in the following: printer facillities general computer and experimental facilities for phd students a flexible approach with the lease contract for the student accomodation, in particular for oversea students BE MORE DEMANDING IN YOUR COURSES, ASSIGNMENTS AND FINAL YEARS DISSERTATIONS.



FINAL COMMENTS

The International Students Office is very helpfull The careers service in Livingstone tower is very helpfull the student/staff commitee is allright. I have been the representative for the phd students in the student/staff committee in mechanical engineering for several years. General advice for students from continental europe: undergraduates: have a nice time, finish your course, you will find it easy and you will get a very good mark at home, you have the exchange foreign student bonus. do not stay here to finish your degree. return and finish your degree at home, even if it takes you long and it is difficult. postgraduates: make sure that you get funding to cover the fees. Masters: the one/two years master course is not at all equivalent to the studies after the third year (for Diplom, Matrise, Doctore, Ing.). It can be recommended if you want to change the subject (chemical engineer want to work as bioengineer). it can be recommended if you have in germany 'erstes Staatsexamen', a teacher's degree, and you want a complete degree without completing the teachers training ('Refrendardienst'). It can be recommended, if you completed in Germany an engineers college degree ('Fachhochschule') and you want to proceed with a doctorate. britain offers here opportunities which do not exist in this form in continental europe. MPhil never go for an MPhil. nobody in the whole world knows what an MPhil is. It is a degree for those who could not finish with their PhD. In reality, the MPhil thesis is similar to a german diplom thesis, which takes in Physics for example also one year with the possibility of extension. PhD's do not believe the myth of the three years. it will take you four years or longer. make sure that you have the funding. look at the facilities before you decide to start, but be flexible and make the best out of the circumstances. PhD fellows are 80% foreigners. There is generally a high level of education and you find many friends. In contrast to the undergraduate studies, the PhD is on a sound level and well accepted all over the places, additional you will have experience abroad, and if you can attract a famous scolarship it will be an advantage later.
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