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 previous semester I went on exchange to the other side of the world, literally. In Wellington, New Zealand I followed several courses of Industrial Design and Media Design.
When I arrived in Buenos Aires I did not speak one word of Spanish. Buying a bread already took me to the limits of my linguistic capacities. Fortunately there were many travelers who had been in the same predicament and who could help me. Learning a new language of necessity is hard, but it’s also a great experience. Welcome to the Argentine!
Before telling what is happening in Umeå, it is probably more interesting to know how I ended up in a place you probably never heard of. Umeå is the biggest city of the Northern part of Sweden. It is located approximately on the same latitude as Reykjavik, Iceland.
‘How safe is it really in Puebla?’ ‘Oh nothing will happen to you here.’ ‘So why then does everyone have bars in front of their windows or a large fence around their house?’ ‘Well you have to protect yourself of course otherwise you’ll surely be robbed.’
Apart from booking a flight and a hostel, I was quite unprepared when I left for Singapore to do part of my master in Architecture, Building and Planning. I met five fellow ‘homeless’ students at the introductory lecture, and after two hectic weeks we found an apartment together.
“Hello! Hoo are ye?” Everybody in Edinburgh will ask you and they are serious. Because of my master program Innovation Sciences I am privileged to live in this Scottish city for 4 months and I am amazed by the Scottish hospitality.
Since August 2015 I have been living in the second biggest city of Sweden. Despite its size, Göteborg still has a cozy feel to it like Brabant. It is a truly international hub, abundant with students, where almost every man is named Glenn ideal for someone with the same name. Besides, also the land of the most pristine nature, the typical Swedish meatballs, Kanelbulle and where Fika is considered as almost a religion.
At the end of August I left the Netherlands, for a 3 months internship in Aveiro, Portugal. I am working at the Universidade de Aveiro, more specifically at the CAMBADA Robotic Soccer Team. Indeed, this university has, just like do we in Eindhoven, a team of 5 robots playing soccer against 5 robots from another team. Usually, these two teams (Tech United and CAMBADA) meet each other twice a year in competition, so this sounds like helping the opponent, don't you think? Luckily, because of the open (research) character of the RoboCup, I will still be allowed to come back to Eindhoven (right?).
In light of my master’s program Human-Technology Interaction, I was allowed to go abroad for six months, and I knew from the start I wanted to visit Asia; Japan and South Korea had always been high on my list. However, to actually go to South Korea seemed surreal until the day of my departure. And today I still look around every now and then, unable to grasp I am actually not in the Netherlands.
I left for Perth, one of the most isolated cities in the world, almost six months ago now. Whereas all other major Australian cities are situated at the east coast, Perth is situated over 3000km away at the west coast of the country. I am doing my internship at the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA), which is part of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy (ICRAR). They contribute to the international effort to build the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest radio telescope.
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