My name is Frayli Maltoni Fratoni and I am from São Paulo, Brazil. I studied BEng Medical Engineering through the Science Without Borders (SwB) scholarship programme in 2012-13.
Being a student at Queen Mary, University of London was a very enriching experience. I was part of an outstanding multicultural academic environment in the heart of London.
Academically speaking, the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) allowed all the members of the exchange program to choose among modules from year 2 to 4 of each subject area. I was able to plan my options according to my personal interests as well as consider possible areas to pursue during my summer internship in research, a mandatory period of my program. Most of my modules belonged to year 3 and 4, which made it possible for me to study areas such as Nanomedicine, Tissue Engineering and Implant Design Technology. I also mixed these specific Medical Engineering modules with General Engineering ones, choosing subjects such as Solid Mechanics and Computer Aided Engineering.
SEMS School and Queen Mary in general provided a good structure to complement a learning process. They not only made all the facilities available for me and my colleagues, but also provided assistance in finding options for our summer internships, through the Careers Office. For this reason, I had the opportunity to work in the Mechanotransduction Lab at the Imperial College (London), using the knowledge developed during the academic year at Queen Mary.
The events, the societies, the variety of nationalities of its students and the active social life close to campus made Queen Mary the perfect choice for my year abroad. Being part of a university in the heart of a hub city within the UK and close to Europe enriched my personal experience of living in another country. With a very pleasant environment around me, it was only a short tube ride from many great events that London is always hosting.
It was a huge pleasure to give a presentation to the new SwB students from São Paulo in May 2015 and I’m eager to answer enquiries about Queen Mary experience through my email address above.