Lucy is a 'History' student who spent a semester at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
“When I applied to study abroad, I knew I wanted to go to Australia so was thrilled to accept a place at Monash. I loved living in Melbourne where there is always something going on: from huge light shows and carnivals, to Australian Football matches and the international comedy festival.
I found myself relaxing more during my time away and I definitely stressed less over university work, which is something I hope to maintain during my final year at UoN. I’ll thank my new Aussie lifestyle with beach days and barbeques for that!
My semester abroad also gave me the chance to travel with the new friends I made on exchange. We visited places like Sydney, Cairns, and Uluru, which was my personal highlight. I even had time for some solo travelling in South-East Asia, which I certainly would not have been independent or confident enough to consider doing before studying abroad.
Feel free to ask me any questions you have about Australia or about living abroad!”
Freddie is a 'Law with European Law' student who spent a year at the University of Copenhagen,
"Studying abroad allowed me to fulfill a life-long dream of living abroad whilst meeting some wonderful people from all around the globe that will remain friends for life.
The wealth of opportunities available to study abroad offered by the University of Nottingham made my decision of where to study a challenging one but I eventually settled on the University of Copenhagen which proved to be one of the best decisions I have ever made!
Whilst abroad, I had the unique opportunity to work as a paralegal at Magnusson Law Firm alongside studying. I had a wonderful time at Magnusson and it allowed me to gain first-hand experience working at a commercial law firm which can be difficult to come by.
I loved the vibrancy of the city with its beautiful, colourful buildings and green spaces not normally associated with a capital city. With bakeries on every corner selling the most delicious pastries you could ever eat, it is easy to see why Denmark is consistently regarded as one of the happiest places in the world to live!
If you have any questions at all about what it is like studying abroad more generally, or specifically related to living and studying in Copenhagen, get in touch with me and I’d be more than happy to help!"
Federica is a 'Management with Spanish' student who went to University of Nottingham China Campus
, China and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile,
“Studying abroad is about venturing beyond your comfort zone and exploring what the world has to offer. I was fortunate enough to be able to study both in China and Chile as well as work in Argentina; it would be impossible to compare my experiences as they were each so unique yet incredibly valuable. Not only has the opportunity to live abroad made me more independent but it has also allowed me to explore new perspectives and prepared me for my final year.
There are so many highlights from my time abroad: I loved meeting new people, learning about different cultures and travelling to extraordinary parts of the world. From tobogganing down the Great Wall of China, kayaking through the Grey Glacier in Patagonia and cycling through some of the world’s best vineyards in Argentina, I have memories that I will never forget.
Although there can be challenges and the thought of studying abroad may seem daunting - I can guarantee you won’t look back! You will become more culturally aware and open-minded whilst also broadening your horizons, making lifelong friends and having the time of your life.
If you have any questions about study abroad I would be happy to help!”
Emily is an 'International Management' student who spent a year at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Malaysia.
"Studying at Nottingham’s Malaysia campus exposed me to a plethora of opportunities I would not have had otherwise. Partaking in silent Vipassana meditation with Cambodian monks, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, drinking cocktails on rooftop bars, seeing Borneo Pygmy elephants in their natural habitat and listening to traditional Vietnamese music while holding a python are just a few of the unique experiences I had in my nine months abroad.
The campus’ close proximity to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, one of South East Asia’s busiest air hubs, allows great accessibility to other countries within the continent. Not only was I able to explore Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo, but Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand twice, in addition to Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Cambodia, all while maintaining a 2:1 in my degree and remaining involved in campus life. If you are enthralled by the thought of spending Christmas on a Thai beach, New Year’s Eve watching fireworks outside Marina Bay Sands, celebrating the end of exams in Hong Kong Disneyland, and Easter Sunday cruising Halong Bay, then this could be the perfect study abroad location for you too.
By living in Malaysia, you are not only exposed to an array of great food and people but able to take advantage of the low cost of living prevalent in South East Asian countries. While the way things work in Malaysia are sometimes frustrating, being exposed to a different culture allows development of an invaluable intercultural awareness sought after by many employers today.
If you have any questions about the Malaysia campus, or studying abroad in general, please do not hesitate to get in touch."
Chloe is a 'Law with South East Asian Law' student who spent a year at the National University of Singapore, Singapore.
"Going on a year abroad is a huge decision, and one that will change your whole perspective of not only your subject, but your life. For me, there was no other choice but Asia. I have always enjoyed challenging myself and living in a non-Western society was something I was keen to experience.
If you’ve heard of Singapore, you’ll probably hear many people say that it isn’t really Asia, or that it has no culture, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Having travelled to every country in South East Asia, including Hong Kong, there is nothing quite like Singapore. The hazy glow from the Hawker Centre BBQ’s cooking satay under the sparkling skyscrapers is itself proof that, despite its immense growth as a country in the business world, the heart of Singapore still remains very much with its people.
A fusion of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western influences has produced something truly magical. There is nothing quite like the first time you lay your eyes on Marina Bay Sands, lie on the floor to be engulfed in the dance of Super Tree Grove, watch the streets be transformed into a Formula 1 Grand Prix track and walk across the wooden bridge on Sentosa to the southern most point of continental Asia.
Did I mention the university campus (and I mean right outside the exchangers halls) has the most gorgeous infinity swimming pool, which is free for all students?
A year abroad is not just about studying/working in another university; travelling and settling in another country (on you own!) is an education in its own right."
Ann-Elin is a 'Neuroscience' student who went for a semester to the McGill University, Canada and the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
“The first semester of my second year was spent studying at McGill University and discovering all the wonders that Canada has to offer. This exchange had an amazing impact on my life, leading me to re-orient myself into my current degree, a MSc in Neuroscience. When I discovered that this degree could also take me abroad, I did not hesitate.
I have now completed a research placement over the last year in Brisbane, Australia, which although proved very different from my first exchange, was just as rewarding.
My times abroad helped me discover, work with, collaborate, and become friends with people from all over the world and learn about their culture. It has also provided me with experiences that I would have never been exposed to in Nottingham, and yet have helped me shape my future life and career plans. These experiences and the relationships I have forged abroad have shaped me into a more creative, adaptable and confident person.
So far, my studies have allowed me to walk through ancient rainforests and red deserts, hike up volcanic plugs and ski down steep mountain ranges, as well as dive amongst hundreds of fish and corals!
If you would like to embark on this fantastic journey or have any questions about my experiences abroad, do not hesitate to get in touch.”
Connor is an 'International Relations and Global Issues' student who spent a year at Waseda University, Japan.
"Getting to live in Japan was easily the greatest experience of my life, I always wanted to live in a culture and place totally different to what I was used to and study abroad allowed me to do that. I lived in Tokyo, a city of over 40 million people with my university right in the middle, this meant I got to live an entirely new pace of life with food, festivals and people I never expected to meet before arriving.
I had worried about facing a culture shock living in a country so far away and with such a significant language barrier but once you start living in a country language comes to you so much easier than in a lesson and you are thrown into scenarios where you get to meet all different kinds of people.
The friends I made in Japan and the places I got to visit led to experiences I could never have had if I’d just stayed in Nottingham: from climbing Mt. Fuji, to walking through cherry blossom forests and visiting the Cup Noodle Museum.
If you have any questions about my time abroad or specifically living in Japan and Asia don't hesitate to let me know!"