French and law graduate, Julian Osei-Bonsu, is described as a ‘star student’ by his course director.
The 23-year-old is half Ghanaian, half German, and always dreamt of studying in the UK.
'It’s always been my dream to study in the UK, and the town and campus seemed really well suited to the undergraduate life I envisaged. I really enjoyed my time at Stirling and never tired of the beautiful campus.'
Julian joined several clubs and societies during his time at University which enriched his student experience.
'I was on the committee of the University’s Amnesty International society for a year, and was also a member of the French club. Being a member of clubs helped me make new friends and was a great way of networking. I also worked over semester breaks and tried to fit in as much travelling as I could. I spent the summer between my third and fourth year working in Tokyo, Japan.'
Julian spent his fifth semester studying abroad at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and for his compulsory semester in a French-speaking country he attended the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris, France.
'Studying abroad has helped me grow as a person. I had a wonderful year getting to know two very different countries, making friends from all over the world, and being exposed to the ways of teaching and learning at other universities. I believe that the experience I have gained during my time away will benefit me in my future studies and work.'
Stirling has given Julian the travel bug and a taste for living abroad and now he plans to work as a teaching assistant in France before returning to further study.
'These chances given to me by Stirling have increased my desire to explore the world and have given me the confidence to do so.'
He sums up his time at Stirling as: ‘Global, open and stimulating.’
Dr Cristina Johnston, Deputy Head of Literature and Languages, said: 'Julian is a real credit to the French department at Stirling. Not only has he produced extremely high quality work throughout his time with us, but he has also taken every opportunity to build his own awareness and understanding of all things French and Francophone through time spent studying abroad.'
'During his final year back in Stirling, we were delighted that he was happy to share these experiences with younger students and to play an active role in the community of French at Stirling students. We wish him every success for the future!'