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Sibylle from Germany, BA Management Science and Economics

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Sibylle Katharina Sehl, 22, from Germany
Management Science and Economics BA from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland

'Hi, my name’s Sibylle and I have just completed my first year of Management Science and Economics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

'Being a seasoned traveller to Scotland and England, I quickly fell in love. On more than one occasion I dreamt of actually studying in one of those big cities with their friendly, open people and old-fashioned telephone boxes, which pushed me to try my best at school to get a dream place at a British university.

'When I received my unconditional offer for a business degree at the University of Strathclyde I was thrilled, as it is a widely recognised business school in the UK. Although I could not wait to finally start my course and organise everything as quickly as possible, I was a bit anxious about whether I would get along with my future flatmates and if I was going to make friends at all. However, most international students feel the same and the British (in my case, Scottish) people are all very welcoming and try to involve you in any activities whenever they can. At the beginning of the semester the Student Unions organise a Freshers’ Week involving Ceilidhs, the Freshers’ Fair (which will tell you about the societies on offer) and lots of parties, making it almost impossible for you to feel left out.

'Starting my course, I was surprised to get so much support and advice from staff, tutors and lecturers. I know that many of my friends overseas have to wait up to a few weeks to get a response if they have an email enquiry , or feel depressed because of some bureaucratic burdens – I have experienced nothing of this sort in the UK. Whenever I had any questions or concerns, everybody at University was more than happy to advise me on curriculum choices, personal problems or clarify course content face-to-face. The amount of support and advice I get within my degree is probably one of the best experiences I’ve had in the UK, and enabled me to focus on my studies and achieve good results in my first year.

'Even if you study a lot, you will have plenty of time to travel around the UK. Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is only one hour away from Glasgow and its beautiful city centre will certainly leave you speechless. There are also frequent buses and trains to London, Cambridge and lots of other great places which allow for shopping trips and FREE admission to many museums (my personal favourite is the British Museum in London). If you’re feeling like some quality time with your mates you should go into a local pub (almost every British town has one!) and order some Scottish whisky, nice ale or any other beverage of your preference. The atmosphere is surely one of a kind, and you will have an amazing time there.

'Studying in the UK and living in a city as vibrant and exciting as Glasgow was one of the best decisions I have made in my life – I haven’t regretted it once and can highly recommend it to anybody.'

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