And how are things in...?
TU/e students go abroad more and more for their study. Be it for an internship, an exchange semester of for doing research. They write in Cursor about all their experiences abroad.
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In the middle of the forest, we arrive at the summer cottage of my Finnish friend. I feel honored, because I am allowed to enter her personal space. Viivi’s land is huge, because there is plenty of space for nature in Finland.
Away from Europe! That was the first thing that popped into my head when I received an email about the opportunity of doing an exchange. After looking at all the possibilities, I signed up for KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology). I was overwhelmed with joy after receiving the outcome from the feared draw. I was one of the lucky few to go to South-Korea! “Wow, you are a genius!”, in combination with an amazed face, is the regular response you get, when you tell a Korean that you are studying at KAIST. For them, KAIST is like the Harvard of Asia.
Switzerland is famous for its neutrality, the Alps and the high prices. While the last one is most certainly true (about twice the price of the Netherlands), it is worth the price though. Granted, that Swiss placement fee helps. For four months you can find me in the French speaking Neuchâtel. Here I work at Microcity, an institute of EPFL.
To be honest, India didn’t sound like my cup of tea. Since the land, culture, and climate are not really stroking with my personality. However, when this graduation project came across I just couldn’t leave it hanging.
It has always been one of my biggest dreams to visit Australia. To make this dream come true by a semester studying in Melbourne obviously is a perfect solution.
New Zealand is famous for its beautiful nature and its interesting Maori culture. The influences because of the past as a British colony are still very evident in Christchurch. The province of Canterbury is a very flat area, making it ideal to cycle. Most people are surprised when I tell them I like Christchurch, since they think it is a very boring area. However within a half hour cycle you will enjoy the beautiful Port Hills, within a one and a half hour car trip, you will enjoy the harbor of Akaroa.
When asked if I wanted to do my internship in Toronto, I wasn’t immediately sure. I was wondering, what kind of city is Toronto? Are there any fun things to do there? Is it a good University? Isn’t it a bit too far away from home? After deciding to do it, I found out that all worries had been unnecessary.
For over two months already I have been living in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. If it is possible to compare countries then this has to be about the opposite of Holland. Efficiency is nowhere to be found and rules sometimes don’t seem to exist. However, life is also running here in Uganda.
“Bad weather doesn’t exist, only bad clothing”, is the Finnish way of dealing with the cold and wet climate. But, how can you prepare yourself for darkness? This Nordic country is known for its short days in winter, and many people have already warned me for this time of the year.
A few weeks ago I embarked on the biggest adventure of my life, a semester abroad in one of the world’s biggest cities, Shanghai. First of all, I travelled with a good friend through China for three weeks, to get acquainted with this intriguing country. Most Chinese don’t really speak English, but with the help of good hostels and a travel guide it was pretty easy to travel around . Most people are very friendly and helpful, although the spitting on the streets, which is mainly done by men, is not so pleasant.
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