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Studying abroad for a few months expands your horizons. You get the opportunity to explore another culture, make new friends and develop your independence. You’ll also gain new skills and insights into the subject you’re studying.
Studying abroad has been an amazing experience. It has shaped me, made me more confident. I’ve made great friends, and I’ve learnt more about my subject. Vishal Vithlani, studied for four months at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2017
Studying abroad has been an amazing experience. It has shaped me, made me more confident. I’ve made great friends, and I’ve learnt more about my subject.
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We asked four students about their time studying abroad. Read their answers to our questions and flick through some of their photos below.
What was a typical day like?
I’d wake up, get an Uber into uni on a motorbike, meet up with exchange people, then you’d have classes for half a day. Then we’d all sit in the library to get our work done. From Thursday morning whoever was free or didn’t have any uni work would just go to Cambodia, or the Philippines...it was amazing.
How easy was it to settle into life as an exchange student?
I would say it was very easy. The uni was really good in terms of helping international students feel welcome and part of the community. Our halls had a rooftop terrace where we socialised every night with an amazing view of Sydney. Each floor had a residence networker who created activities for everyone, they planned trips, and there were a lot of things happening.
What’s the biggest difference in terms of studying, compared with Oxford Brookes?
The biggest difference is the environment that you’re studying in, whether that’s the buildings, the architecture, outside. The weather is mostly 30 degree heat all of the time so the option to study outdoors is there and there are lots of outdoor study spaces. Sometimes I studied on a rooftop overlooking Brisbane which was just breathtaking.
What were your top 3 things about your time in Hong Kong?
Firstly you get the amazing experience of living and studying abroad - and all that contact with different cultures. Secondly you get confidence - because you know you can tackle the world by yourself. And finally, on exchange you make friends that last a lifetime - they become your family.
“Some weekends, we would say ‘oh, let’s go and catch the sunset at The Peak’ and we would head home, change and and go hiking.”
“There wasn’t really a typical day. Every day was something different which is why I loved it.”
“The uni was a really small campus - and I found that the lecturers and the teachers give you so much extra support.”
“One of the best things was that I made new friends from around the world - wherever I go, I have someone to contact who can show me around.”
“The thing I loved best about Hong Kong was the life. It's a really vibrant city. There is so much to do."
“I always wanted to go to Australia. It was a lifelong dream basically.”
“I was surprised about how much freedom I had to travel or do my own thing. I didn’t expect there to be that much freedom.”
“It’s all been so amazing: making friends, going on trips together, cooking together, hanging out, going to the beaches, exploring Sydney.”
"On exchange you make friends that last a lifetime and you bond."
“Australia is a very spontaneous society which suits me as I'm quite a spontaneous person. That lifestyle of let's just take each day as it comes, let's go.”
“I made so many international friends. Some of them are in Europe, some of them are in Canada, Australia, everywhere you can think of. I’ve got got so many friends now.”
“The days without classes I planned a full day out with my friends. Either we went hiking around the hills. Or we hired a car and drove to a different part of Sydney. Or we went to nice restaurants and tried different cuisines”
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