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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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.
Sweden, the land of IKEA, köttbullar (Swedish meatballs) and fika (coffee and something sweet). One of the first things you’ll notice in Sweden is that they all have a sweet tooth and that they won’t complain if they have to pay at least five euros to get a beer in the pub. Unfortunately, I still can’t get used to this as a Dutch student.
For my semester abroad I’m residing in Scotland, the country of castles, whisky, the highlands, sheep, rugged landscapes and wilderness. To be more specific I’m residing in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, a beautiful old historic city and the birth place of Harry Potter, where I study at Napier University.
After I paid a visit to the pilot plant of ‘Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics’, I am in the bus on my way back to the office in the mountains. With the Chinese radio on the background, I am enjoying the clear blue sky. I can say that I am happy to do my internship in Dalian, a city without much smog.
The entire building is built on pillars, you’re required to take of your shoes upon entering, and there’s a student weapon collection. Welcome to the world’s most northernmost university: University Center in Svalbard (UNIS).
Wet. Because the weather in Stevenage, midst London and Cambridge, isn't its most attractive feature. The temperature has only sporadically breached the 25 degrees Celsius mark. Luckily, the British invented a few traits to ease the pain: eating a lot of cake, comedy driven television and the pint as the standard size beer glass.
Denmark is the happiest country in the world. Danish people do not know stress, everybody smiles and everyone is more than willing to help. They live by the sentence ‘Everything is going to be fine’ and that is without any time limit. Danish people claim to be real Vikings and they show that in their favorite meal; dark bread with lever past, bacon and meatballs. Welcome in Odense.
For my internship I left for Vigo at the 23rd of March. Vigo resides in Spain just above Portugal next to the Atlantic Ocean. When you think of Spain you think of nice warm and dry weather. Because of that I was a bit surprised when my supervisor told me I should bring my raincoat because it would rain a lot.
My name is Daniel Haug and I’ve spent last semester in Linköping, Sweden. My adventure started in January and is now coming to a close. Prior to my stay in Sweden, I thought the country was quite structured, with many excellent universities, gorgeous women, expensive beer, and cold. Six months later not much has changed, really. Everything is well-organized, the ladies are eye candy, the beer is pricey, and although it wasn’t freezing, saying the temperature was pleasant is a stretch. Still, there was one particular phenomenon I wasn’t ready for: queuing.
Hello from Ingolstadt! Ingolstadt is a medium-sized city in Southern Germany. You must be thinking: “That doesn’t sound nearly as exciting as other (possible holiday) destinations I came across in this column”. But what if I tell you it’s home to the well-known German car manufacturer Audi, and to the second largest automotive plant of Europe with over 40,000 people working here every day.
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