Talita Santos do Valle

Home town: Belo Horizonte
Home university: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais UFMG
Course at home university: Pharmacy
Course at Portsmouth: Pharmacology

I wanted to take part in the Science without Borders programme because of the opportunity to learn another language, experience different cultures around the world and to get others perspectives about my course and the research related to my field outside of Brazil. In addition, I wanted to get more personal experiences for my life.

I chose Portsmouth firstly, because of the location; Portsmouth has a warmer climate compared with some other cities in United Kingdom. In addition, I have a friend who lived in Portsmouth until September and she loved the city very much. So, I researched about the University and I was interested in studying at Portsmouth and so I chose to come here.

Portsmouth is a very lovely city. People here are very helpful and there are a lot of foreign students who are in a similar situation to me and always help me. In addition, this makes me learn about other cultures.

All the facilities have impressed me, mainly the support of university teachers in my department, the Union and a amount of opportunities in societies and sports.

After Graduation I hope to find a placement in a Pharmaceutical Industry in Brazil and work with this. Maybe, I will do a master and PhD, but I don't know yet.

Renatha Menti Roman

Home town: Porto Alegre – Rio Grande do Sul
Home university: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
Course at home university: Pharmacy
Course at Portsmouth: Pharmacology

I chose to participate in the Science without Borders programme because it offers a unique opportunity to study at a European university, experience a new culture, improve my English skills and visit many cities and countries within Europe.

I chose the University of Portsmouth because it offers a discipline of Neuroscience/Neuropharmacology that I like so much and has the opportunity to take a placement within industry.

The laboratory classes are the best part of the course because it is possible to learn in a practical way, and to me it is the best way to learn. I like the way that the tutors teach because they link the knowledge of several disciplines.

It is a lovely city, the weather is better than other cities in the UK. There are many museums and historic places to visit during the day.

I am very impressed with the library. The space is great; there are many study rooms and tables to study alone or in groups. The book collection is huge and amazing; the library website is very useful as well.

After graduation, I am considering work within industry and possibly studying for a master’s degree.

Carla Suiane Sanguetin

Home town: Araras, Sao Paulo
Home university: Sao Paulo State University – UNESP
Course at home university: BSc Environmental Chemistry
Course at Portsmouth: BSc Marine Environmental Science

I wanted to take part in the Science without Borders programme to experience different cultures and to improve my English.

I chose to come to the University of Portsmouth because I loved the University’s website, there is a lot of information and it is easy to understand.

I like that my course is different from my course in Brazil, so most of the material is new for me and I am looking forward to the fieldwork as I don’t have this kind of experience or opportunity in my course in Brazil.

I really liked the library and the Students’ Union has many facilities for students: clubs, trips, etc.

After Graduation I am planning on taking a course in the implementation of ISO 9001, 14001 and auditing, and hopefully secure a position in a large company.

Fernanda Soares Povreslo

Home town: Francisco Morato
Home university: Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)
Course at home university: Pharmacy
Course at Portsmouth: Pharmacology

I chose to take part in the Science without Borders programme because I thought it could be a great opportunity to study in another country, especially one that had made so many contributions to science over the centuries.

Portsmouth is a very beautiful and pleasant city. You can do everything on foot and the University is very close to the centre of the city.

I really liked the support given by the International office, they showed us how the University worked, they gave us tours around the campus so we would not get lost and the staff are always friendly. Another thing I like here are the computing facilities because there are many computers available and also the library, which has long opening times including weekends.

I like the lectures: the teachers send us the material for the lecture beforehand and during the lectures they explain everything in a way that you have time to understand the information you are given and make notes. I also like the laboratories, they are well equipped and large.

The experience I am going to have from this programme will be very important for both my professional and personal development.