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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“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.
Porto, the city of Port wine, that has been the inspiration for the Harry Potter series, that has a bridge of Gustav Eiffel (Ponte Luis I) and where you can find small bakeries with ‘Pastel de Nata’ in every street. No wonder Porto has been elected as the ‘Best destination of Europe’ for the third time in the last five years.
First things that came into mind thinking about New Zealand were beautiful rough nature and rugby, they have the best team of the world! That are actually the two things I enjoyed most so far besides studying for my master Innovation Sciences, it is still STUDYING abroad.
Mark van Dijk, Masters' student Chemical and Process Technology, has written earlier about his experiences in London. He wrote another article, bacause of the recent attacks in London. Mark: "Luckily I was north of the Thames at the time of the attack, so I received the news upon arrival at home. Nevertheless, the attack feels rather close, since I have been at the same place at the same time only two days before the attack."
A few weeks ago, I left the local Eindhoven University of Technology behind to conduct a research project at London’s global university, UCL. The distance isn’t that big, but the rest of the differences certainly are.
For my internship I travelled to Hamilton, New Zealand. I’m doing research on wood fiber reinforced polymers at the University of Waikato. As a mechanical engineer, of course I'm interested in the material's mechanical properties, but much more than this is involved in producing composites of this kind. This makes for a very interesting and challenging project from which I’m learning a lot.
I arrived in the US on Thursday January 26th: six days after the inauguration of Donald Trump, and one day before he signed his infamous travel ban. That made the first few weeks quite intense.
South Korea is usually seen as a relatively unknown, but also wealthy and high-tech country. The connection with North Korea is easily made because of all the news related with the latest Kim-dynasty ruler: Kim-Jong-Un. However, South Korea has a lot to offer for an exchange student as myself: good and cheap food, the many karaoke nights, sleeping in the library next to the Korean students, the neon-lighted streets of Seoul; and the chance to see North Korea closely, the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
My international semester in Sweden actually started sunny. I arrived in August in Gothenburg, which is Sweden’s second largest city. As it is on the west coast, Gothenburg has the same climate as the Netherlands, but five degrees lower. In summer it can still be 25 degrees if you’re lucky. Because there was a large culture festival happening during my first days as well, these were unforgettable.
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