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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Managing homesickness at the University of Calgary – by Keegan Bull

When I decided to go on exchange I was eager to test myself and enjoy my experience in a foreign country, thinking little of the possible hardships I may experience while there. I expected to feel some degree of discomfort being so far away from home for the first time but I hadn’t quite grasped […]

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Exchange to Shanghai Jiao Tong University – by Larry Cavallo

I applied for an exchange in China because I am studying Chinese and I believed that immersing myself in the country would be the best way to improve my language skills, and I wanted an experience that would help me to grow and mature and I thought that China is a country very culturally different […]

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Exchange to Sciences Po, Paris – by Eleni Christaki-Hedrick

“Paris is always a good idea” – this iconic phrase could not be more perfect to summarise my exchange experience so far. I am a seasoned traveller and this is certainly not my first time to the city of love and lights, but upon arrival I couldn’t hold in my excitement to finally start my […]

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Exchange to Shanghai Jiao Tong University – by Jodie Gleeson

Before I began my exchange in Shanghai, I travelled around China for almost one month. After first arriving in China, my new home for the next six months, I began to understand the differences between my culture and the Chinese culture. Even now after two months of being in China, I don’t think I can […]

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Throw Back Thursday – Rachel Waye (Lund University)

It has been just over two years since my feet first touched the luscious green grounds of Sweden, but it feels like yesterday. Little did I know that on the 18th of August 2013, I was about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, involving new friends, new sites and new foreign delicacies (Swedish […]

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Exchange to National University of Singapore – by Monique Moate

I went on exchange to Singapore for one year, at the National University of Singapore. Initially I wondered whether I should go on exchange, as I’ve lived in China teaching English, and as a mature-aged student felt that maybe the experience would be different from those younger to me who had never lived abroad. However, […]

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Exchange to the University of Edinburgh – by Nick Dorsch

In the unlikely event of anyone reading this, the take-home message is very simple: go on exchange. If you’re not already planning one, apply. You’re not going to regret it, you’re going to have some of the best times of your life. Do it. By the first night of my exchange in Edinburgh, I thought […]

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Hong Kong and Asia – by Amer El Hamra

Traveling in Hong Kong was something different, mixed feeling about this place blissfully haunt me, and I expect will do for the rest of my days. I do not know if it is the hours I spent on its MTR (the underground trains), or the ferry rides breaking the waves of what was a fragrant […]

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The Hague Experience – by Osaigbovo Ojo

I arrived The Hague, Netherlands on the 4 July 2015 after flying for approximately 22 hours, even if I was a bit jet-lagged at the time I arrived, I was still very much excited about the opportunity to be part of the International Peace and Security Symposium on Post Conflict Transitions at The Hague. I […]

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Exchange to the University of Bristol – by Tahney Fosdike

My days abroad have come to an end. Right now I am sitting on a random cousin’s couch (if someone has the same last name as you, no matter how distantly they are related, they qualify for free accommodation) in London staring at my battered- and unpacked- suitcase. Somehow I need to figure out a […]

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