Alice He, Chinese National, Living and Working in Scotland
Nǐ hǎo, I’m Alice and I moved to Scotland to do my Masters and MSc Tourism Marketing Management at the University of Strathclyde Business School.
Why study and work in Scotland?
I wanted to learn about tourism for my masters degree and found the perfect course at the University of Strathclyde, so I came to Scotland to study and thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience. I was very impressed by how much detailed guidance and information about the student visa and accommodation was available online. The University staff were extremely helpful too, which made my move from China to Scotland much easier.
Working in the Scottish tourism sector is a great pleasure for me because Scotland has so much to offer. From the breathtaking scenes of the Highlands to the heritage of Scotch whisky. I get goose bumps whenever I hear the sound of bagpipes and it is indeed a wonderful place to live and to work.
Working at Edinburgh Tourism Action Group
I’m the Chinese Social Media Manager at Edinburgh Tourism Action Group, China Ready Initiative. I promote Edinburgh as one of the UK’s must-see destinations to Chinese visitors.
I feel particularly lucky living and working in Edinburgh with its rich cultural history.
My colleagues are always so enthusiastic and creative about offering the best experiences to the visitors. Although we’re currently facing challenging times, I’m confident that our visitors will return soon.
Living in Scotland
Scotland feels like home to me. I would definitely recommend it as a place to live and work. I really enjoy the Scottish lifestyle. You never get bored in Scotland, if you want to enjoy a long weekend with beautiful sightseeing, go up north to the Highlands and if you’d like to experience the best new year celebration in the world, come to Edinburgh.
In Scotland you can feel away from the real world and in the centre of the world, to me it’s the ideal lifestyle.
Since the beginning of lockdown, I’ve seen so many lovely stories of people helping each other in all possible ways. During these challenging times, my friends and colleagues have also been very supportive, checking in to make sure I’m ok and not feeling isolated.