Alex Stuart is studying Computer Science at Aberystwyth University, and is spending his year abroad doing an Industrial Placement with Areva as a software developer in Erlangen, Germany. He took the opportunity to work in Germany with very little experience of speaking the language. While most of the other British students he has met out there have been studying German for up to 5 years, he has had a very different experience.
Read on to discover why Alex chose to work abroad in Germany despite not having the language skills, how his year has differed from his German speaking peers', and why working abroad makes such a big difference for computer scientists - and equally other STEM students.
Amber Houghton, is studying LLB Law at Sheffield Hallam University. She has just finished her year abroad as an Erasmus student in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she studied the course in English alongside an international group of English-speaking students. Here are her thoughts on being a non-linguist Erasmus student, speaking English on her year abroad...
George Ward spent nearly four months on exchange in Toronto, Canada, in the first term of his 3rd year Journalism studies at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Some of this Mole Diary was originally documented in his blog, but here he tells us in more detail about Toronto and shares some general tips for all exchangers.
Tegan Hedley is studying English Literature at the University of Exeter. She spent a year at Ewha University in Seoul, which she chose precisely because she had never been to Asia, knew nothing about Korea, and wanted to try something a little different. Here's her insider guide to living and studying in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.
My degree is in Theology. That’s it, just plain Theology. (If you’re wondering, no, I don’t want to be a nun). But the last place you’d imagine a theology degree to take you is up a mountain, on the back of a dog sled, atop ten feet of snow, in temperatures of minus thirty, hidden in deepest, darkest Quebec. And yet, with the study abroad option, that is exactly where I ended up three quarters of the way into my humble theology degree. And I wouldn’t have it any other way!