For Brazilian graphic design student Saulo Amaral it was always a dream to study abroad, so when Middlesex University gave him the opportunity to come to London as part of an exchange programme he grasped the opportunity with both hands.
Saulo graduated top of his class in his first graphic design degree in his native Brazil, the talented South American was then offered a job as a graphic designer for a web design agency. After working for two years he decided to take entry exams and got accepted on his second design course at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Brazil, knowing that would give him the chance to fulfil his dream to study abroad.
After getting the highest overall mark amongst all applicants to the exchange programme with Middlesex University and his Brazilian university Saulo was accepted onto the second year of the graphic design course. During the exchange year at Middlesex two of his projects were shortlisted by the University to compete for a D&AD award. The year culminated in being awarded £5000 through Middlesex's Santander Academic Excellence Scholarship which allowed him to stay on for a second year and complete his degree at Middlesex.
Saulo Amaral (26), said: "I had always dreamed about studying and living abroad, but didn't have the opportunity or funds to do so initially. During the three years I was studying my first graphic design undergraduate degree in Brazil, I tried to come up with some sort of plan that would allow me to move abroad."
Since moving to Middlesex he has gone from strength to strength and was awarded a merit student membership of the International Society of Typographic Designers for a book he designed investigating accents and dialects in the UK. He has recently graduated with first class honours and was included on the dean's list for outstanding achievement for the School of art and Design.
Not adverse to a challenge, Saulo relished the opportunity to work on his book. He said: "I knew the project would be complex and highly demanding, more than any other I had ever worked on. But I am driven by the idea of creating out of the ordinary designs, always trying my best to deliver the highest possible quality, even though this might mean giving up my sleep!"
His long term aim is to start his own design company, but first he hopes to work and gain experience in cities around the world starting in London.