I have lived in Glasgow, Scotland for about four months already. In here I study in GCU – Glasgow Caledonian University, in the School of Engineering and Built Environment. In TAMK I study Environmental Engineering. I have studied only three modules (worth 30 credits), from which the best one by far has been Corporate Sustainability. I found that really interesting, and I also enjoyed the lecturers (the other had been working for Greenpeace!). The other two modules have been alright, I’ve learnt something new, but there has also been some overlapping with my previous studies, and some information I didn’t find that useful. After all, those other two modules were meant for buildings services engineers and electrical engineers.
I have found attending to GCU quite similar to TAMK – there has been of course some changes. For example, really active student life (not just parties, but game nights, day trips and so on), excess paper use, and in some parts lack of fluency in services. Also one difference was the emphasis of coursework. During January and February there was hardly any coursework, but then in March particularly there were loads. There has been less coursework but the assignments are bigger, and then the exams are quite important and contain whole spring’s worth of studying.
Eating in Scotland has proved costly. With a budget, at uni I can eat at £1,30 (a tiny, tiny soup and a small bread), at £2,55 fish and chips, or I can pay more (more than £4) for a healthier lunch with some greens on the side (peas or steamed veggies). After this I really appreciate a lunch/dinner at TAMK!
On my spare time, I have been travelling with my new friends, which has been really amazing! I have seen almost all museums in Glasgow (they’re free, and some awesome!), and I’ve travelled almost to all corners of the country (just Scotland). I’ve been to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Findhorn, Fort Augustus and Loch Ness, and on Isle of Mull, Isle of Skye, and Isle of Arran, and more. The highlights have been Dunnottar castle ruins and Isle of Skye & Arran for example. The best museums in Glasgow are Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and The Hunterian. Also, The Gallery of Modern Art has a very nice small library (the Gallery is also OK).
The best things during my stay have been the people and their accent, the amazing jaw-dropping landscapes, free museums and local stories (folklore). Scottish people are so friendly, and even though I’ve only made one local friend (others are exchange students), I find them laid-back and friendly most of all.