Brazilian student Mariana Cardoso, PhD Chemistry
My experience in Birmingham started in 2013, when I came to the University for an undergraduate exchange year through the Science without Borders programme. I immediately fell in love with the city and the University. Birmingham is a vibrant city where you can find almost anything that you might be looking for, and it also has excellent transport connections, which for me is essential, as our lives become more international everyday. The University of Birmingham provided us with orientation and support throughout the whole year, which made us feel at home and comfortable despite the fact that we were in a different country, experiencing a new culture and studying in a different language.
Throughout the year I was here, I had the opportunity to not just study in a world-renowned university but also experience a professional working environment via a summer internship with P&G, which was invaluable for my career. While in Birmingham I had the opportunity to meet many academics and professors. In one of those meetings I showed interest in extending my studies in Birmingham and shortly after I was accepted for the Chemistry PhD programme. In 2015 I returned, as a PhD student also through the Science without Borders programme, and I’m looking forward for the new exciting opportunities that the University of Birmingham may bring for my career.