Student Experiences

Hear from our students who have gone abroad through the Coordinated International Experience (CIE).

Delft University of Technology – 2017 Spring Semester

My name is Suzanne and I am a fourth year civil engineering student at UBC who just finished an international exchange term at TU Delft in the Netherlands. My experience living and studying in Delft has been the most incredible 6 months of my life! I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. It has been particularly valuable for me as I am very interested in coastal and hydraulic engineering, and the Netherlands is an expert in these fields!

Every aspect of my CIE experience has been fabulous at TU Delft. The school and learning environment is cutting edge, forward thinking and innovative. The professors and supervisors are really kind and genuinely want to help you learn and succeed, and treat you like equals. There is a wide selection of very interesting courses that give hands-on learning experiences and opportunities to go out for field excursions. One of my favourite courses was ‘Integral Design of Infrastructure’, where I got to work on a large scale engineering project throughout the term with a team of about 12 Dutch students. It was fun to meet and work with some locals! Everyone in the Netherlands speaks English very well too.

The school assists you in finding accommodation for a fee. I would highly recommend this because you will be able to live with other exchange students. This is where I met most of my friends and I can now say they are lifelong friends! As well, the school has a very organized international coordination group that arranges a lot of events and helps incoming exchange students get oriented and settled in Delft.

Living in Delft is wonderful because it is quite small and the streets are lined with old buildings along beautiful canals. Everyone has a bicycle here, you can get basically anywhere in the city within 15 minutes by bike!  The cycling infrastructure is so good it’s no wonder the Netherlands is ranked as one of the happiest and highest quality of life cities in the world!

Finally, the Netherlands is a great location to travel from and I found myself being able to do a lot of travel on weekends and in the break between semesters.

For those of you who are hesitant about exchange, I have only one thing to say: DO IT! It is a life changing experience that you will never forget and it will only make you a better person, student and engineer. I have loved TU Delft so much I am already planning to do my Masters degree here.

 


University of Glasgow – 2017 Spring Semester

by Mary Whitten

Dunnottar Castle located outside Aberdeen (by Mary Whitten)

I spent five months studying mechanical engineering at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. The time I spent abroad was the best five months of my academic career.

Glasgow is a city that is bustling with history and culture and it was an incredible opportunity to be able to immerse myself in it. I made lasting, meaningful relationships with students from all over the world, but most importantly, I am grateful for the perspective this experience has given me. I lived with an incredible group of 11 Americans, Australians, and Canadians in student housing not far from the university. In my opinion, there is no better education than exposing yourself to different perspectives and world views.   I explored the Scottish Highlands with Australians, I ate home cooked dinner with locals in Spain, and I saw the remains of the horrors committed at concentration camps in Poland. Every memory I made had an impact on how I think and I will cherish them all for the rest of my life.

After my experience, I encourage everyone to study abroad. I saw more of the world in one semester than I had in my entire life. The knowledge I gained from studying in a foreign place, in a foreign academic system is knowledge that will benefit me both during the remainder of my degree and in a professional setting after graduation.

 

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) – 2017 Spring Semester

by Sarah Romani

Kingsday in Amsterdam (Photo credit: Ali Sugarman)

Though the CIE program, I was able to attend the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) for a term to study mechanical engineering. My term abroad allowed me to explore areas of coursework that were not offered at UBC and gave me a broader sense of the research that is going on internationally that I had previously not known about. Studying engineering at a technical university was a very different experience from studying at UBC; it was interesting being in an environment where everyone you encountered was also in a technical field.

Participating in a CIE term at TU Delft was an invaluable experience. I loved studying at a technical university, and Delft was a beautiful town that I would probably have never visited if I had gone to the Netherlands as a tourist. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone considering a CIE term!

 

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2017 Spring Semester

By Connor Heise

Photo Credit: Kevin

There is so much joy in learning with people who are just as passionate as you about absorbing knowledge . With every passing day comes a new experience and new faces, along with new trials and new opportunities. These enjoyable opportunities are what exchange gives you .

My time in Denmark at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has been full of every positive emotion, boat loads of excitement, and absolutely wonderful people. The courses are taught in 4 hour blocks and give ample time to learn alone and with your peers and talk to the professors (at least my 5 courses did). The amount of engineering resources DTU has is astounding and even offers free 3D printing to all students!

While studying, there was time to travel and explore what Denmark has to offer, namely because Copenhagen is less than an hour away by bike or transit. Biking is so safe and simple since Denmark was laid out with bikers in mind, giving them their own road and street lights. I also joined Ultimate Frisbee, one of the many team sports DTU offer, and we played (and won!) regionals and also took part in nationals, which were hosted in various parts of Denmark, one a 2 hour transit ride and the other a 3 hour car drive away (some are even held at DTU!).

Coming to Denmark was the first time I had come to Europe, so I took advantage of being there by travelingto London, England. I had other friends travel to Spain, Italy, France, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and the list goes on and on!! All in all, if you are thinking about going on exchange, don’t think, GO!!! Take advantage of a wonderful life experience and soak in the joys of life and great opportunity!

I am studying Materials Engineering at UBC, and DTU offers multiple degrees in this field and therefore has many courses tailored to this degree. They also offer courses not offered at UBC, and if they are, they may have more resources dedicated to that specific course. Also, almost all professors are top of their industry doing important research that is literally changing our world, and the professors still give their full attention to office hours and answer any questions you may have. The courses I took were:

  • 41084 – Biomimetics & BID
    • Taken in January in a 2-week intensive course (similar to a UBC summer course)
    • In smalls groups of 3-4, came up with a solution using nature’s chosen ways to solve the specific problem (i.e. my group had kinetic energy storage and design a solution using a kangaroo and jumping spider. We did extensive research and produced a physical prototype of solution)
  • 33281 – Biomaterials
    • A mix of materials information and human biology
    • Great information and lots of it
  • 41731 – Geometric Metrology
    • The professor and assisting instructors are the top of the field and head the Geometrical Metrology Lab that performs national testing standards used to machine and tooling verification
    • Has, allows, and teaches students to use top of the line technology for measuring and verification, also teaching the older technology to have well rounded knowledge
  • 41737 – Plastic Design
    • Professors are known throughout industry and provide information actually used in the workplace
    • We got the opportunity to design a USB flash drive case from ground up to the point where we could go produce it
  • 47304 – Ceramic Science & Engineering
    • Lots of wonderful information
    • Has a ceramics lab where you get to make (and keep!!) ceramic goods made by slip casting

If given the opportunity, I would return to Denmark and DTU and definitely recommend it to any student wanting to go on exchange (and even those who think they don’t want too).

 

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2017 Spring Semester

By Jackson Herron

I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience living in Denmark and studying at DTU. The facilities and professors at the school are top notch, and there were ample courses to choose from to supplement my education. Danes are also extremely kind, tolerant, and balanced people, and living there made it clear why they are consistently polled as the happiest people on earth.

A big part of the learning for me with this experience was outside of the classroom, in meeting new people and experiencing a different way of life. Some of the values I’m taking away from Danish people are their valued-relationships with family and friends, moral character, work-life balance, and of course “hygge” (coziness or a feeling of contentment being in a nice environment with friends and family – a big deal for the Danes!)

Studying abroad in Europe also provides the excellent opportunity to travel, which I took advantage of by visiting counties like Norway and Italy. This broadened my horizons and definitely sweetened the experience, and can be done relatively inexpensively. All in all, studying abroad was an incredible experience in which I grew both academically and personally, with some very fun times along the way.

 

University of Sydney – 2017 Spring Semester

By Sophie Ebsary

Uluru at Sunrise (PC: Sophie Ebsary)

I had an excellent experience during my term at the University of Sydney. As the university requires that you only take 4 courses per term, school wasn’t overwhelming and I was left with a lot of time to explore, make and develop new friendships, and stay active. In addition to attending university in the beautiful city of Sydney and meeting both Australians and other international students, I had the opportunity to travel many weekends and to hike in the national parks around Sydney. Some of my most memorable moments include camping on a farm on the east coast which provided the opportunity to fall asleep to a sky full of stars seen from the southern hemisphere then wake up surrounded by a few wild kangaroos, watching the sunrise next to Uluru, and hiking in the mountains and along the coast. I enjoyed having the opportunity to meet lots of new friends from around the world and truly live and experience the culture in another country.

 

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2017 Spring Semester

By Paula Andruschak

Runde Island, Norway. Part of our Easter break road trip through the western fjords in Norway

I spent the spring 2017 semester studying abroad at DTU. The teaching style at DTU is very unique as it has a strong emphasis on group work and problem based learning. My class size ranged from 7 to 30 students and often had multiple instructors, each covering a different focus area for the course. The university is set up so all classes only occur once a week for 4 hours, which allowed me to have Monday and Tuesdays off from class. Unlike 3 hour written examinations at UBC, all my classes at DTU had oral examinations. These were designed to give you practice presenting information as you would in the workplace or when presenting your master’s thesis.

I lived on campus with 8 roommates from all over the world including Portugal, Romania and Singapore. Some of my favourite memories are from our weekly roommate dinners. My 4 day weekends allowed me to take advantage of the cheap flights around Europe. I spent most of my time travelling around Denmark and its neighbouring countries. This allowed me to really immerse myself in Scandinavian culture. I would highly recommend anyone to take the opportunity to study abroad.

University of New South Wales – 2017 Spring Semester

by Aleisha Cerny

My name is Aleisha Reese Cerny, and I’m entering my 4th year of Materials Engineering and I just lived the best 7 months of my entire life. Thank you, CIE.

Get Involved

It was O-Week; A week of free cotton candy and free BBQs, booths on booths of clubs and societies, music and chanting, tour guides in bright yellow shirts and opportunities everywhere I looked. I had just attended the mandatory orientation for all exchange students and was ready to start my UNSW experience.

The sun was out, I was strolling the main walkway glancing at club signs seeing if there was anything that sparked an interest. Then I saw it, a bright orange x, and the words ‘fossil free’. Eager as ever, I ran over to the booth and asked the attendee where I could sign up. They told me about a huge convergence that was to take place in the third week of uni where students from all over Australia and New Zealand involved in the fight against Climate Change would come together and skill share. It was a camping event in the Blue Mountains (a scenic sight about 3 hours NW of Sydney). Making new friends, learning useful skills and ticking off an iconic sight off the checklist? I was sold and this was the event that shaped my entire exchange. [Added: The organization ‘Fossil Free’ was part of the Environmental Collective at UNSW. So they receive funding and support from the student activities budget, so it is part of the university/ campus life, which made me feel secure and safe.]

An event I organized to raise awareness about the effects of the Fossil Fuel Industry on the Great Barrier Reef

The people I met there ended up being people I could call my best friends. I became actively involved in the campaign from the start and soon I was convening an entire team of people and getting involved in meetings and events, and I even had the opportunity to attend a meeting with Chancellery, presenting our case for divestment. I’ve learned more skills here and gained the confidence to be able to handle anything thrown my way.

Australia is Expensive. Budget Accordingly.

Sydney is the largest city in Australia and it is also the most expensive. Things are generally more expensive here, clothing, food, drinks, transportation, etc. However, minimum wage is also quite high, over $20 an hour, so take advantage! I ended up getting a job because I did not expect rent to be as expensive as it was. I was forking out $300 every single week on a room in a 3-bedroom apartment. The place was beautiful, it was a 10-minute bus ride to uni and a 5-minute walk to the beach. I worked at a golf club making sandwiches and it was also one of my favourite experiences because of the people I met.

Transportation was a killer because you are not given a student card, so you have to pay adult fare, which worked out to over $40 per week. Other expenses to think about include visas (I had a student and tourist visa), healthcare, flights and phone plans.

Housing in Sydney was pretty difficult to find. I looked online for 2 months prior to coming which was challenging at best because I couldn’t physically see the place, but it was good to have an idea what I’d be looking for once I came. I booked a hostel in the city for my first 2 weeks, which was such a good opportunity to meet people from all over the world. I met so many other international students who were also in the same position as me and who ended up being close friends. I managed to find a place using Flatmates.au (TIP: pay for the early bird) but it did take time.

School

Remember that you’re still in school. Although there’s so much stimulation in all directions, you should still focus and take advantage of learning from a new institution. The professorstudent relationship is more harmonious and less formal in Australia. You can ask your professors anything and never feel discouraged. There aren’t as many assignments, however exams count for most of your final grade, so try not to fall behind. Enjoy your exchange and find a good balance between academics and fun.

Photo credit: Aleisha Cerny

Travel Australia

Australia is HUGE. There is so much to see in this beautiful country. Take advantage of already being in Australia and see as much as you can. After I was done school, I decided to backpack up the East Coast of Australia starting in Melbourne and ending up in Cairns. It was the best trip I’ve taken, mainly because every single area I visited was so different from the one other. The people were all different, the lifestyles, even the accents. I went skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef, I scuba-dived the reef, I went snorkeling, I learned to surf, I camped, I chilled at the beach. I made myself uncomfortable again. And being uncomfortable and putting yourself out there is one of the greatest feelings in the world. There’s something so special about testing your abilities to meet new people or try new things and going with it. Having no expectations because you sincerely don’t know how anything will pan out.

Skydiving Airlie Beach

Meet Aussies

Australia is a special place. They’re a little behind when it comes to social, political and environmental issues, but it is one of the most beautiful places on the planet with the nicest people I’ve ever met. I made a conscious effort to meet as many Aussies as I could to have the full Australian experience, and it was well worth it. Leaving Sydney and the amazing beings I’ve spent 6 months with was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I know I’ll be back soon.

Loch and Gorge on The Great Ocean Road

Lastly, it’s up to you to make the most out of your exchange. Go in with an open mind about everything. Don’t wait for people to approach you, because it might not ever happen. Talk to new people, talk to Aussies, be uncomfortable.

University of Sydney – 2017 Spring Semester

By Sarah Mohn

Figure 2: Whitehaven beach on the Whitsundays Coast

I went on exchange at the University of Sydney in Australia. The university is right at the center of the city in an area filled with cafes, weekend markets, and beautiful parks. Overall, the feeling on campus is very similar to UBC’s; however, it was interesting to pick up on a little bit of Australian lingo every single day.  The University of Sydney was a great institution to attend while on exchange because there was lots of time for exploring the surrounding areas and even the whole country. The best part was being able to visit all over Australia, including Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Northern Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef, and even the outback. I was able to make the most of my time here since the courses have very heavily weighted final exams and lighter course loads during the semester, so weekends were usually free of schoolwork and packed with adventure! Australia is a beautiful country and I am thrilled to have been able to visit several different areas.

 

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) – 2017 Spring Semester

By Anthony Robb

I spent the first half of 2017 in Delft, Netherlands, studying at the Delft University of Technology. I took classes that are normally not offered at UBC such as nanoparticle technology and functional ceramics. I also had the opportunity to work on a research project and write a thesis. The classes are much different compared to UBC, partially because the classes in English are at the masters level. The lectures are 2 hours with a 15 minute coffee break, and the instructors are much more involved in the student learning. If you’re going to TU Delft, I also highly recommend doing some research and finding a research project that interest you. My research was on a topic I didn’t even know existed when I left UBC, but now I have a 24 page paper on it in my name. I would seriously consider coming back here to live or do a masters degree.

Still, the academic side to the exchange was not the highlight. I made an awesome group of friends from around the world that I can visit! Many of them lived right in the flat above mine so we had lots of meals and parties together. I also did lots of bouldering and more bike riding than I ever had in my life.

The Netherlands is an awesome cultural experience with tonnes of unique traits. I recommend kapsalon (not to be translated literally, it is a food), bitterbollen and croquettes, and a pint of delicious Texels beer. The Dutch also have a fantastic day called Kings Day, which is the King’s birthday, and everyone wears orange and has an enormous party in the heart of Amsterdam. That was a truly incredible day. I highly recommend studying in the Netherlands.

Some tips for living in the Netherlands:

  • Get a good bike, with gears and a platform on the back. You will be carrying friends around.
  • Shop at the markets as much as you can! Much cheaper for fruits, veggies, cheese, and meat!
  • A crate of 24 beers is 12.90 euros and can be returned to the super market for 3.90 euros.
  • Rent a boat and cruise Amsterdam with your friends – by far the best way to see the city.
  • Buy good rain gear, since the weather can change from sunny to pouring within an hour.

 

University of Melbourne – 2017 Spring Semester

By Samantha Delainey

Figure 1: White water rafting Cairns

For my Coordinated International Experience exchange, I chose to study at the University of Melbourne. I chose Melbourne since there were plenty of classes to choose from for my mechanical engineering degree. Since the semester dates are different in Australia, I got all of January off from school and moved to Melbourne mid-February. I was fortunate to have my boyfriend move with me where we rented an apartment downtown in the central business district. Australia is expensive but can be done on a budget if you are cautious.

The school was massive compared to UBCO which was a nice change and a good experience. We were given maps to find our classes and a ton on of other material to help us with our change of scenery. The classes were shorter and always recorded and posted online. The class material was definitely a lot more difficult than any of us expected. My advice would be not to take any core subjects that are required in your degree. Take your fourth year design and technical electives.

I met tons of great people who also love travel and many memories that I will never forget. I would do school work on the weekdays and road trips throughout Victoria on the weekends. I was even fortunate enough to go to Cairns on our school break and swim the Great Barrier Reef.

If you have the opportunity to travel abroad for school I 100% recommend it!

 

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne – 2017 Spring Semester

By Sisley Li

Mount Pilatus, Switzerland (Photo Credit: Jehna Devraj)

I spent my past five months on exchange at EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Lausanne is a city in the French-speaking part of Switzerland on the shores of Lake Leman and is approximately 45 minutes away by train from Geneva. At EPFL, there are many interesting masters level courses taught in English which are not offered at UBC, including Chemistry of Food Processes, Safety for Chemical Processes, Risk Management and so on. The majority of the Bachelor level courses are offered in French and I highly encourage students that have a good level of French to challenge these courses. Students at EPFL are rarely evaluated based on homework, but based on projects and exams. This allows students to work autonomously throughout the term at their own pace and learn to manage their time wisely.

During my stay in Lausanne, I was able travel around when I had time and fully take advantage of the amazing Swiss landscapes. I participated in a day trip to Gruyeres and a weekend ski trip to Les Diablerets with ESN where I met students that were also on exchange. In addition, I also went on trips on my own to visit friends elsewhere in Europe as a lot of the destinations are only 1 hour away by plane and 3-5 hours by train.

Overall, the experience exceeded my expectations and broadened my horizons, and I would recommend this opportunity to students that are thrilled about a having multicultural experience and are not afraid to step out of their comfort zone.

 

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) – 2017 Spring Semester

By Denny Lee

What made this exchange so phenomenal for me was knowing how unique this experience was. Knowing that I would never be able to exactly replicate each moment on exchange really put things into perspective and motivated me to savor every little thing I did.

School was difficult but very refreshing. The educational system is different, and adapting to new systems is not only a very fun part of exchange, but also very… well, educational. It’s interesting to see where systems have their shortfalls and where it excels.

It was my first time living alone for more than seven weeks, and I can confidently say that it was one of the biggest triumphs and contributors to my enjoyment of the exchange. Everything you do is just that much more rewarding. I clearly recall finishing off the last bakery bun I brought over from Vancouver. It struck me that night: if I failed to cook something up, I would go hungry tomorrow. Though daunting, that feeling fueled me to put a meal together. My oh my, that unseasoned chicken breast was the most delicious thing ever to graze my taste buds.

I had the opportunity to go backpacking in nine different European countries, and saw countless sights that cannot be appreciated fully with photographs. One example was arriving at Vienna’s Schonbrunn Palace at 06:30. Not a soul around, save the occasional jogger. The grandness of the view left me in speechless awe. Definitely not something I will forget anytime soon.

I greatly appreciate the opportunity, and want to take this time to thank Jenny Reilly, Grace O’Neill, and of course Maki Sumitani for their help in coordinating everything on the UBC end of things to make sure that we can make a smooth transition on exchange.

 

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) – 2017 Spring Semester

By Georgia Grzybowski

Photo of testing the  device my team and I designed for our Medical Device Prototyping Class with the nurse at Alrijne Hospital

My CIE experience was unforgettable and my expectations of what my exchange would be like were far surpassed. I was able to experience a new culture, travel to new countries, meet new people and form lasting friendships. These are all experiences that are typical to an exchange experience and will form some of my fondest memories. What was unexpected was the amount of academic, and professional growth I obtained while at TU Delft. I was able to take classes in my area of interest and passion, biomedical engineering, as well as gain experience in clinical  and biomedical research and medical device design. I was able to shape my CIE experience into one where I got to experience the personal growth and social aspect of exchange while also gaining academic experience and professional growth that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to obtain at home. Hands down some of the best months of my life.

 

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne – 2017 Spring Semester

by Lena Choi

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

During my Coordinated International Experience, I spent five months studying at EPFL in the beautiful lakeside city of Lausanne, Switzerland. As this was my first time being completely independent, I had no idea what to expect at the beginning of my adventure, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made, and definitely one of my most memorable experiences.

Moving to Switzerland is amazing for many reasons – the beautiful landscape is never ending, you’re surrounded by the majestic Alps (being able to say “I learned how to ski here” is definitely a perk), and you’re smack-dab in the middle of Europe, so you can easily travel to many other cities. In my spare time, I had the opportunity to visit France, England, Austria, and of course the rest of Switzerland. After my term ended, I also travelled to Italy, the Czech Republic, and Germany. Being immersed in such a variety of cultures has opened my mind to how people are similar and different, and taught me much about how to connect with others.

While studying in Lausanne, I had the chance to practice my French, make many new friends from all over the world, and take interesting courses that aren’t available at UBC. These include Tissue Engineering, Biomolecular Structure and Mechanics, and Food Biotechnology. Learning about various bioengineering fields from esteemed professors has been a great privilege, and I’m so grateful for the time I was given at EPFL.

 

University of Sydney – 2017 Spring Semester

By Michelle Mak

Barrenjoey Lighthouse at sunset

Sydney is famous for its many beaches around the east coast, and the photo above was taken at Palm Beach, one of the northern beaches.  Palm Beach was quite far from the city, but you can get there with a short train ride followed by roughly an hour and a half of bus ride.  Once we were there, we took some time to enjoy the beach and walked along the water.  After a short hike up the mountain to where Barrenjoey Lighthouse is, you will see this amazing view of Palm Beach where you see this strip of land in between the water bodies, shaped like an hourglass.  We were there long enough to see the sunset as a background to the lighthouse; hence a beautiful silhouette of the lighthouse was photographed with uniquely layered clouds above.  We went on a nice sunny day, any photos we took came out to be wallpaper worthy.

Before the semester ended, I took some time to visit Whitsunday Coast to see Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet.  Whitehaven beach is a long stretch of beach along Whitsunday Island.  I joined a day tour that brings us to Whitehaven beach and Hill Inlet.  Whitehaven Beach is most famous for its bright white sand, as it consists of 98% pure silica.  Sand with such high silica content cannot be found anywhere else in the world.  This sand is also extremely fine, making it an ideal glass-making material.  Hence NASA actually used this sand to make the lens of Hubble space telescope.  We were taken to the northern end of Whitehaven beach to do a short hike up to a viewing point to see Hill Inlet.  The photo taken was not enough to capture the stunning beauty of this inlet.

 

The Quadrangle of University of Sydney

The Quadrangle is the most iconic building on main campus of University of Sydney. This building is a record of the long history of this university, dating back to 1854 when its construction first started.  The design of this building mirrored those in Britain; hence we all called it “The Hogwarts Building” from Harry Potter.  I was lucky enough to attend a class inside of this building.

Going abroad is an exciting experience.  Only during this time in university we are able to study and live abroad.  The most important part in an exchange is not the studying but growing as an adult, learning to be independent.  We are at a stage of a young adult, where we can’t be trusted with full adult responsibilities yet we are not young enough to act as a kid.  Studying abroad helped me grow as an adult and learn about myself.  I was able to try new things, travel around Australia, and meet new people.  Going on exchange is a memorable experience but it is not as easy as it seems.  It will be a challenge to settle yourself in a completely new environment, and the people you meet may not be people you see in a lasting friendship; however, it is worth it to go out and see the world.  We shouldn’t be trapped in our comfort zone at this age. Only in this period we are allowed to be adventurous and push ourselves past our limits.

 

Monash University – 2017 Spring Semester

by Kinchit Joshi

Melbourne from the sea to the sky.

As I flew over Melbourne today, all the beautiful memories of the time spent here came flooding back. The first picture was taken on the walk from St. Kilda beach to the Brighton beach huts and it was the first time I saw the city and its beauty. There are so many beautiful cities around the world and they all have something unique to offer. I am fortunate enough to live in Vancouver and Melbourne which are considered two of the most livable cities in the world. I wonder what that title holds in terms on essential needs. As I currently wait in Abu Dhabi for the flight to India, I ponder on the livable conditions in these two places. In Abu Dhabi, water costs more than oil and in India, finding clean water is a struggle. As this world evolves, there are higher chances that westernized counties will face similar struggles. It is when they will realize that water, air, and the ecosystems need to be prioritized over fossil fuels, economy, and nuclear weapons. I hope we can try to save this earth before trying to become Martians and start a civilization in another planet. Because good planets are hard to find…

 

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne – 2017 Spring Semester

by Victor Rizov

Photo credit Victor Rizov

My opinion on Switzerland has been anything but neutral. This experience has given me opportunities to not only grow as an individual but also in my career.

Going to EPFL, you can expect a tough time when it comes to courses. They can definitely be more challenging comparedto UBC; however, as an exchange student, thankfully you are able to take a reduced course load (roughly 66% of the average student’s semester). The courses are taught by very competent professors, and as an exchange student you have the opportunity to take courses outside of your faculty. As I am studying chemical and biological engineering, I was interested in various biology related courses and took 2 master’s level courses: tissue engineering and biomaterials. My advice in terms of picking courses is to do a good amount of research before arriving in Switzerland and make sure to check the timetables! (You are allowed to take clashing courses without special approval). You have roughly 2 weeks to drop or add courses, so once you have an idea of what courses you’re interested in, use those 2 weeks to talk to local students who have taken or heard about the courses to finalize your decision.

Thanks to this experience I got the chance to make lifelong friends from Germany, Spain, Italy, and more. Every semester, a batch of Erasmus Student Network (ESN) students come in from all over Europe and the world and there you will likely build your group of friends. I highly recommend doing as many ESN events just before the beginning of the semester. This is the time to meet people and the various groups of friends form, so don’t miss out! One downside to hanging out within the ESN community is that you do not get very much exposure to local Swiss students. Many people remained solely within the ESN community, however, I tried to branch out and make friends with as many local students as I could. I would recommend talking to students in your assigned residence, and also in your classes. It can be intimidating at first because you feel like you’re inserting yourself into these groups that have been going to school every day together for the past 3 years, however they are really friendly and open to socializing. Many of my friends from my classes expressed regret that we didn’t start talking earlier. Each faculty has social events throughout the semester, and those are a must to connect with the locals!

Finally, Switzerland can be very expensive, so be aware of that. Prices in grocery stores and in general can be roughly 1.3x higher than in Canada, and that’s just the number on the label (not including the currency conversion). However, this is balanced out by the high accessibility to various parts of Europe as Switzerland is so central.

A must if you go to Switzerland is getting the demi-tariff pass. It makes all transport in Switzerland 50% off and costs 180 francs. Through certain cellular providers, if you get a plan with them you can get the demi-tariff for 90 francs as part of a special promotion. Also, Lausanne is really small so a Metro pass isn’t necessary if you have a bike. You can get a bike for 50 francs for the semester from Point Velo at EPFL campus or you can also try Recyclo.

One way or another, it’s an amazing opportunity to meet people from around the world and also people who are highly specialized and knowledgeable in their fields. In my opinion, there is no excuse to pass up such an amazing experience.

 

Monash University – 2017 Spring Semester

by Katrina Ong

What I enjoyed most about being on exchange was having the chance to really get to know the area I was living in. I would say my adventures were never particularly far from my home base in Australia. (Especially in comparison to other exchange student who tacked on island hopping or large trips along with their exchange.) What I was able to do was really take advantage of all the new and exciting things in and around my area. I studied at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The campus that I studied at was in a suburb. Melbourne has a lot to offer if you are looking for a lively and unique experience. The city has a lot of very daring architecture, the towns have very quaint and stylish places to dine, and there are many festivals to attend and peruse on weekends. It is also important to really look at your time abroad as a time to soak up the new culture, new people and new experiences. When I went about my days, there was always something new to see or do, so be prepared and have fun with it. I was able to live in one of the University dorms. The campus had tons of gum trees, various open rec spaces, and a multitude of bird species. I found it very enriching to meet so many students who were local as well as those who had come to Monash from different countries.

Tips:

  • Talk to your UBC department about a number of classes you are able to take abroad. There is a good chance there will be course conflicts. It is good to have options and be able to make decisions on your course schedule without returning to the drawing board. (if you aim to take 4 courses towards your degree, research 6-7 eligible courses to take abroad)
  • Sort your visa application as soon as possible
  • It’s important to get in contact with your GP before going abroad, in the even you need medical help overseas. You should prepare and pack relevant and important documents or letters.
  • Make friends that aren’t from Canada or North America! It’s great to get to know different perspectives and opinions,plus it’s great to have friends to visit overseas
  • Try your best to balance things out;
    • balance the budget
    • your time between work and play
    • hours exploring and hours in the library
    • lone time and time spent with groups
    • trips close to your flat, or trips far out of town
    • connecting with the locals vs. keeping up with people back home
  • Know that you don’t have to do everything. Lots of things will be cool and great to do, but be smart about your resources: the time you have, energy, funds, motivation. Pick a few worth while experiences and make it count. (Don’t fill up your bucket list too much….)

 

Delft University of Technology – 2017 Spring Semester

by Matthias Ong

Photo credit: Matthias Ong

Coming to the Netherlands has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Saying that this is a life-changing experience is definitely an understatement. The people I have met, the food I have eaten, the countries I have visited and the memories I have obtained through this experience is something that I will never forget. I was able to foster lifelong friendships with people from all over the world, tasted food from all over the world and embarked on experiences that have opened my eyes to what life has to offer me. TU Delft was a great school to learn and grow as a person, I definitely recommend this experience to anyone strongly considering it.

 

ETH Zurich – 2017 Spring Semester

by Andrew Pipke

Geneva international auto show – Gevena CH (Photo credit Andrew Pipke)

Zurich is not only one of the safest cities in Europe, but also centrally located with easy access to locations throughout Europe. Switzerland is a charming country filled with polite people and some of the most amazing nature that you will ever see. Even with it’s small size, there are four official languages spoken throughout the small landscape. Not only that, but Swiss German, the common spoken language by the locals, has a different dialect for each region. Fun fact, there are over 24 different words for apple core depending on where you come from in Switzerland!

The courses at ETH Zurich were an amazing academic experience with the majority of the professors being leaders in their respective disciplines. I had the privilege of taking

  • Management of Air Transport, where the entire course was taught by various executives of Swiss and Lufthansa group,
  • Introduction to Negotiation taught by Prof. Dr. Ambühl, who was the head negotiator for Switzerland, and
  • Snow and Avalanches taught by some of the head researchers at the Snow and Avalanche institute in Davos Switzerland.

To add to the experience, a number of courses also offer paid excursions. My favourite of the three that I took was the trip to the mountains to visit the Snow and Avalanche institute in Davos to study snow supporting structures and processes in the region.

The majority of courses that you take will be at the masters level, so be prepared for a higher level of course caliber. Students at  ETH Zurich are very studious, so don’t be surprised when students start studying for an exam over two months in advance (seriously, people thought I was crazy when I started a month in advance). Also, exams in the summer take place in August up to three months after courses have finished, so be prepared to spend a number of summer days in the library studying. The majority of the grading is based on a 1-2 hour 100% final exam, or a short oral exam. Make sure to know your courses by heart, as even if these are open book, you won’t have time to think or look stuff up!

Even though many courses were taught in “English,” supporting content is commonly in German, French and sometimes Italian. Being that you are likely one of the only people in your class that doesn’t speak a Swiss language, professors don’t usually translate these documents. Make friends with your colleagues who can help you with any of this information.

In daily life though, don’t be upset if you don’t understand what the people are saying because Germans don’t understand them either. There are a number of German language courses taught by the University of Zurich for a very cheap price. Take the intensive course before the semester starts (make sure to sign up for the course when applications open which is normally a couple months in advance), and then also take a language course during the semester.

From my apartment, there was a tram within a two minute walk that took me to the University, the Central train station, and the airport each within only 10 minutes. If you are fan of nice fashion and expensive, lavish lifestyles, sitting by the bellevue platz while vehicle and people watching will be an exciting Sunday activity. Also, get ready to relax because the Swiss take their days off seriously. All the stores are closed on Sunday, and it is outlawed to your lawn and take out your trash on a Sunday (seriously!), so be prepared for Sundays BBQing at the beach and swimming in the lake. Furthermore, no matter how close you are to the city center, there is always nature and countryside only a short walk away. The ETH Honngerberg campus is located right next to a farm with cattle and grain, which is a gorgeous landscape to look at during classes.

One note of caution to any students coming to Switzerland – this is a very expensive country. Upon arrival you will need to pay to pay for numerous unexpected fees, so make sure to keep your bank account well stocked .If you have a limited budget eating out and going out for drinks will only be for very special occasions. A fast food meal will cost you at least $15, a pint of beer is generally $12, and a reasonable meal will cost about $40. It is cheaper for you to travel to another country and eat out.

When it comes to shopping you may want to make a weekly trip to Germany to save money. Costs there can be 50 – 90 % cheaper, but if you don’t have the time, keep an eye out for the Super Samstag angebote to help relieve the grocery financial pressure. With all of this said though, take advantage of as many student discounts as possible. There are train passes such as the half tax and the Gleis 7 which allow you to get half priced rail travel and free travel on all Swiss trains after 7pm respectively.

I would highly recommend that all students participate in an exchange. If you choose your course schedule correctly, you will be excited to return to class every week. I will be frank though, this will be one of the best experiences of your life, but as a friend of mine put it quite well, travel through Europe is romanticized. Be prepared for anything while on your travels (losing your passport, missing your flight, having your phone pickpocketed) and just make sure to stay positive. Nothing is the end of the world. Also, contrary to popular belief, Europe is extremely safe. Be wise and cautious, but overall have fun! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

If you want to learn more about studying here, check out the FAQ section for students travelling to the country prepared by the ETH Zurich exchange office. Furthermore, talk to people who have lived abroad, gone on an exchange, or have lived in Zurich as an ETH student. If you decide to do an exchange at ETH Zurich, vielen gluck, gute reise, and say grüezi to the Swiss for me.

 

Riding Camels through the Desert – Sahara Desert MO (Photo Cred Andrew Pipke)

University of New South Wales – 2017 Spring Semester

by Meghan Hayden

Beaches, costal bush walks, wildanimals, excellent coffee, and a laidback vibe; if that sounds appealing to you, then I would recommend Australia.

This exchange was more than taking courses in a new city, for me it was about getting out of my comfort zone and discovering who I am without the support of my parents and friends.

Being in my fourth year at UBC it was refreshing to meet new people, travel, and learn in a new environment. If you haven’t quite figured out what you want to do then exchange allows you take a variety of graduate courses and explore different career options. It was nice to meet graduate students from all over the world taking biomedical cellular and tissue courses and solar thermal energy design courses. Graduate courses at UNSW meet once a week and all the lectures are recorded in case you want to review the material. This approach is different to the one at UBC.

The university (uni as the Aussies like to call it) is near the beaches and I really enjoyed surfing and swimming regularly. I left the city almost every weekend, travelling around Australia and New Zealand. All the national parks were a real highlight since I fell in love with the rugged landscape and endless beaches. I believe the memories and the friends from this trip will last a lifetime and I want to thank CIE for providing me with this incredible opportunity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of New South Wales – 2017 Spring Semester

by Sandeep Arcot

Sydney Opera House (Photo Credit: Sandeep Arcot)

My time on exchange at UNSW through CIE has been one of the most memorable experiences of my time in University. For five months I lived in Sydney, and during this time I made new friends, travelled and experienced a new culture.

During my time at UNSW I took four courses. This is standard across most Australian universities. Courses were based on assignments primarily. There were also quizzes, midterms and final exams. Course layout would be unique from course to course. This course load allowed me to have a balanced lifestyle. I was able to manage, school, extra-curricular activities and social life.

I would definitely consider returning to Sydney for potential work opportunities. While on exchange I was able to experience life in Sydney and make new friends. I enjoyed my time in Sydney and would love to return there soon.

I would encourage students to participate in the CIE program. With this opportunity you get a chance to travel, experience new cultures and meet new people. This experience has been a highlight of my time at university.

 

Technical University of Denmark – 2017 Spring Semester

by Daniel Mendoza Novelo

Photo credit: Daniel Mendoza Novelo

My name is Daniel Mendoza Novelo, and I am 4th year environmental engineer. I recently returned from a semester abroad in Denmark at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The classes that I took part in were as follows: Chemicals in the Environment, Hydrology, Contaminated Sites, Surface Water Hydrology, and Economics for Engineers.

The best parts about my experience were the friendships made and the places I go to visit. I went to over 10 different countries and experienced the culture that I was so eager to meet. In an academical sense, DTU is a great school to go to. The sense of community and the instructors make this school an incredible atmosphere for learning. I would highly recommend this school solely based on their academics. I would love to return and study a master at DTU due to the faculty being friendly and accommodating to English speakers. I would highly recommend future students to attend the introduction week. This is due to the university creating groups and making the international students a very welcoming group of people.

Again, I would highly recommend that every student take a trip to Europe for 5-6 months and

experience a different perspective in life. Trust me, you’ll return a changed person.

 

 

University of New South Wales – 2017 Spring Semester

by Trevor Jones

Mount Wellington, Australia

I would highly recommend studying abroad through the Coordinated International Experience (CIE) program. My semester studying in Australia allowed me to learn about new civil engineering practices and experience a unique culture. In addition, I was able to experience travelling by myself for the first time and I also made many good friends from around the world.

I studied at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia and I would highly recommend studying at this university. The courses were taught by knowledgeable and approachable professors and were kept up to date with the latest civil engineering practices in Australia. The campus is modern and is in a prime location in Sydney, only a 15 minute walk away from Coogee beach!

Some tips for students interested in participating in CIE:

  1. Sign up for clubs and societies that you may not normally sign up for. UNSW has a wide range of clubs and societies, from the UNSW Underwater Rugby Club to the Star Wars Society and everything in between.
  2. Explore! Travel locally on the weekends and plan longer trips for the mid semester break and any other free time you may have.
  3. Plan out the courses you will take in Australia and how they will affect your degree schedule.

Fox Glacier, New Zealand

 

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2017 Spring Semester

By Elsa Langill

From the colorful world famous houses in Nyhavn to the castles sprinkled throughout, Copenhagen is a beautiful city and has become one of my favorite places. Doing a semester abroad in Denmark has been a life changing, eye opening experience. The different style of schooling with only 2 classes per day but for 4 hours (2 hours of lecture + 2 hours of tutorial) allows you to really focus and gain a deeper understanding of the material. The tutorial sessions are very engaging and hands on. We have used specialized software and programs to design models and determine contamination risk assessments.

Besides school, getting to meet other exchange students from all over the world has led to some great friendships and memories being created. The Danish culture thrives on biking, social interaction and community, so there is always some kind of event going on at the university or in Copenhagen. DTU offers so many unique clubs and there is literally something for everyone. I enjoyed playing basketball for DTU’s women team as well as learning Danish through the free language classes offered.

Another huge benefit of being in Denmark is the easy access to other countries. By the time I return home at the end of May, I will have had been to 13 countries! With budget airlines such as Ryanair you can buy a flight to London for the cost of dinner in Vancouver.

Travelling really does force you to step outside of your comfort zone by losing sight of the familiarity of home. Most people know someone who has studied abroad and have heard the associated benefits. Honestly, for myself though, study abroad has helped me grow academically as well as personally. It has taught me about different viewpoints not only in regards to engineering but for life in general. I have learned to be more resourceful and a better problem solver (for example, what to do when your phone dies and you can’t use google translate to communicate). Overall though, I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to continue my environmental engineering degree while travelling, making new friends, feeding my foodie habit, and seeing some of the beauty the world has to offer. I highly recommend study abroad to anyone.

Photo credit: Elsa Langill

Photo credit: Elsa Langill

University of Glasgow – 2017 Spring Semester

By Justin Awrey

In Winter 2017 I studied at the University of Glasgow.  While I was expecting a semester filled with haggis and the Scottish highlands, my experience abroad turned out to be so much more.  The city of Glasgow’s slogan is “People make Glasgow”, and as I found this is absolutely true.  “Glasgwegians”, as they’re called, are some of the most friendly and easy to talk to people I’ve ever come to meet.  While Glasgow is not as glitzy as its sister city Edinburgh,  it is the perfect city for young people and more specifically students, to thrive.  The streets are filled with bars and nightclubs serving cheap drinks and the city is always alive. After living in Glasgow for 5 months, its safe to say that this city will always be special to me – even though I still can’t understand the thick Glaswegian accent.

All this being said, for myself the absolute number one best thing about going on exchange was the social aspect.  I lived in “Murano Street Student Villages” in a 12-person shared flat with one kitchen and three bathrooms.  Without a doubt, the people I met in the past 5 months are what I will miss most about my experience abroad.  The thing about going on exchange, is that the people you meet come from all around the world but come together under the common interest of exploration and travelling.  It’s safe to say that my experience abroad did not have a heavy focus on studying, but more of a focus on traveling and having fun with my like-minded roommates.

So for anyone thinking about going abroad, just do it.  You will meet so many amazing people and forge life-long friendships.  Studying abroad at the University of Glasgow is something I’ll never forget.

 

University of Glasgow – 2017 Spring Semester

By Kahlan Gibson

The Arc de Triomf in Barcelona. Photo credit: Maddie Wilinski (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Studying at the University of Glasgow has been one of the highlights of my university experience. The opportunity to travel and study with people from all over the globe truly makes the world feel smaller and more accessible than ever before. I had never thought about pursuing higher education or work experiences on a different continent before my exchange, but my experiences over the last five months have opened up opportunities that I will continue to pursue for the rest of my life. The University of Glasgow, in particular, was a great home for my exchange, as the city was friendly, busy, and beautiful.

Some of my top recommendations for students studying in Glasgow would be:

  1. In the second term, there is a long, multi-week break between the end of classes and exams. In the term I was abroad, the break was five weeks long. Take advantage of this time to travel for a few weeks with the people you have met during your exchange. Some of the memories I value the most are of travelling during this time. You can always study for exams when you get back to Glasgow!
  2. Take time to learn the Glaswegian accent. It is invaluable in conversing with locals, and you’ll be surprised how quickly you might begin to understand it. I always enjoyed nights in The Stand Comedy Club for a few laughs and practice with some heavy Scottish accents.
  3. If you are living in student accommodation, take advantage of your free gym membership and fitness classes at the University gym. The gym complex is state-of-the-art and massive, truly putting the student facilities at UBC to shame.
  4. It is inexpensive to fly throughout Europe, but don’t forget to stay and see the stunning highlands of Scotland as well. Choose a few weekends during the term to see the Isle of Skye or take a tour with a travel company to see some of the scattered small towns.

When I applied to CIE, I expected to spend my 5 months abroad travelling, enjoying Scotland, and meeting people from all around the world. What you can’t anticipate is how quickly a new country can begin to feel like home or the profound impact the people you meet on exchange will have on your life. I cannot express how much I would recommend the University of Glasgow to future students in the Coordinated International Experience program, as I simply could not imagine my degree without the lifelong friends and experiences I had while abroad.

University of Glasgow – 2017 Spring Semester

By Jonathan Fleming

Before I went on my semester abroad, I had never done much travelling. Going on exchange to Scotland was a new experience for me, and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.

My semester in Scotland has been like no other. During my time abroad, I was able to travel to the Canary Islands, Ireland, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Spain, and Portugal. Being able to see these places with friends who I met abroad was a fantastic experience. During my exchange I made lifelong friends with the people in my flat, as it was filled with other exchange students from around the world. Within the first week, I had met people from Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Ireland, Denmark, USA, Canada, and even other UBC students. Overall, the exchange semester was by far the best semester of my degree, and I will never forget the time I spent at the University of Glasgow.

 

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2017 Spring Semester

By Michael Sleeman

I would highly recommend to other students to participate in a term abroad at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). My term abroad allowed me to make new friends from a large number of countries and to experience a substantially different learning environment.

The public transportation and cycling infrastructure in the greater Copenhagen area is phenomenal and I was able to get everywhere I needed to quickly and with ease. I enjoy cycling and I think my favourite part of the exchange was that I was able to cycle everywhere in a reasonable amount of time (15 minutes from home to school, and 40 minutes to 1 hour to downtown Copenhagen). At one point in the semester some friends and I cycled from DTU to Helsingør Castle, which is the castle where Shakespeare’s Hamlet is set.

At Helsingør Castle (from left to right Zac Moulton, Norton Wong, and Michael Sleeman)

The majority of courses at DTU are project based. I took a total of 4 classes, with one assessed double-credit, and all gave me useful skills to put on my resume and cover letter. This was different from UBC where I would expect to take one course per term that could be included on my resume. The first class I took at DTU was a 3-week intensive course in January. The other three courses were during the regular 13 week period from February to May.

The class format at DTU is very different from UBC. All classes during the 13 week period are 4 hours long (8 hours for double credit courses), either in the morning (8:00 – 12:00) or in the afternoon (13:00 – 17:00). Four hours sounds like a long time to be in a class, but there are breaks and not all of the class is spent in lecture (most of the class is actually spent working on your project or on exercises). The schedule of the courses is very nice because everyone has lunch at the same time, making it easier to eat with your friends. It’s also easier to work on group projects because you are allotted a 4 hour time slot to work with your group.

DTU has two campuses, the main campus which is in Lyngby, and the smaller campus in Ballerup. I chose not to take any classes in Ballerup because I lived closer to Lyngby and I found the courses offered on the Lyngby campus to be more interesting.

The housing situation in Copenhagen isn’t the best. I met several students who had to stay in hotels for the first month while they tried to find housing. However, all of these students were attending universities in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden). I did not meet anyone attending a university in a country other than one of the Nordic countries that was unable to find accommodation through the DTU accommodation office. I attended DTU from January to May, and apparently this time period is much quieter than the period from September to December, so students attending in the fall may have experiences different from my mine.

The DTU Lyngby campus is surrounded by many forests and Jaegersborg Dyrehave, a large park that is a UNESCO world heritage site. Having lived my whole life in Vancouver, where there is a lot of nature in and around the city, I really appreciated the large parks and the wildlife.

I have been pleased with my decision to study at DTU and I would definitely make the same decision again.

 

University of Glasgow – 2017 Spring Semester

By Sean MacDonald

Being able to go on exchange is a once in a life time experience. You have the opportunity to meet so many new and interesting people, make connections from all around the world, and broaden your understanding of cultures and societies outside of your own. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to experience all of these things.

Studying at the University of Glasgow was extraordinary. The lectures were riveting and full of engaging content. The professors were approachable and willing to assist you in any way they could. Not to mention the school itself looked like something straight out of a Harry Potter movie. But what really made my exchange unforgettable was the people I met along the way. These people were my roommates, my study buddies, my classmates, and my travel companions. Each person I encountered during my exchange played their own unique role in shaping my entire experience. For those who are considering going to Scotland or really anywhere on exchange, my only advice would be to keep an open mind. You have the opportunity to travel all over the world and experience so many different places and cultures. Be open to trying new things, meeting new people, and stepping outside of your comfort zone. You only get this opportunity once, so make the most out of it.

A moment that comes to mind when I think about a time when I kept an open mind about something and it payed off was when a few friends and I took a trip to Norway. We were on a ferry headed towards the Lofoten Islands. We had just been living out of a car and camping for the past five days in some pretty frigid weather. As we were looking out the ferry window approaching the Lofoten Islands, each one of us fell silent. The mountains in Lofoten were caked in snow and the weather looked like it was going to burst into a full on blizzard any second; but we made the choice to drive our car off of the ferry into the great unknown. We were all wondering what we had just gotten ourselves into. We decided to drive around Lofoten for a bit before finding a camp spot for the night. As we drove, we discovered that Lofoten was absolutely magnificent. The views were spectacular. We didn’t care that the weather was reaching zero degrees, and that we had yet to find a place to sleep, we were going to enjoy our time in Lofoten to the fullest. Later that night as we were continuing to admire the splendor of Lofoten, we caught our first sighting of the northern lights. They were breathtaking, and to think that if we decided to turn around and catch the next ferry back to the mainland we would have missed the northern lights. Norway was one of the most intense, demanding, exhilarating, and rewarding travel experiences of my exchange. I often think back to it and wonder how we managed to pull that trip off; but then I realize that it was due to our open mindedness that we had such a great and memorable experience.

University of Glasgow – 2017 Spring Semester

By Sydney Begin

University of Glasgow Main Building – Photo credit: Sydney Begin

My experience at the University of Glasgow has been amazing. It was awesome getting to study in a beautiful castle at the 4th oldest English‐speaking university in the world, established in 1451 and older than Canada! The school had so much history. It was pretty cool to think I was attending the same university as people such as Lord Kelvin, James Watt, and Adam Smith, and where many technologies were discovered and improved upon.

It was eye opening to be immersed in the Scottish and UK culture. In an economics class I took, they used pounds instead of dollars, talked about banking in terms of EU and UK polices, and frequently moaned and groaned as the teacher talked about Brexit. There were kilts and Ceilidhs (Scottish dances), new English words, Irn‐Bru (Scottish soda), and crazy thick accents.

I had the opportunity to travel to many places and countries. The train systems throughout Europe are amazing and there are very cheap flights available. This made it very easy to hop over to somewhere on the weekends and during spring break. Seeing so many different places widened my perspective and knowledge of other cultures; it was an awesome experience.

Pros about attending the University of Glasgow on an exchange is that

  • it’s a beautiful campus,
  • it’s in an English speaking country,
  • all you need for a short term (less than 6 months) study visa is an offer letter,
  • you get free health care while you’re there,
  • Glasgow Airport has flights pretty much to anywhere in Europe at good prices, it’s not crazy expensive, and you can travel by train throughout the UK easily,
  • it’s easy to get residence housing, and
  • there are tons of exchange students so you are sure to meet some other people in the same situation and who want to travel lots!

 

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2017 Spring Semester

By Danny Yang

From my experience, the community is the most notable element about attending DTU through CIE. No matter the time or place, you will always be meeting new people and enjoying the semester together. I was very fortunate to have met amazing people in my buddy group during introduction week, helpful roommates at my dorm (pronounced “container”) in the Campus Village, and smart project partners in my classes. The Danish and the international students at DTU are all very welcoming, and you will soon find your place in the community too. I definitely enjoyed my time in Denmark and would highly recommend anyone considering a semester of exchange to choose DTU.

The Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen

I took four courses at DTU: 41271 Ship Design, 46110 Basic Aerodynamics, 62204 Manufacturing Technologies and 62643 Mechanical Vibrations. I didn’t know what to expect from each course, so here are some tips for each.

Ship Design (41271)

Ship Design is a semester long partner project in which you will design the hull shape and equip the ship with components specific to your selected project. It is unlike the design projects that I took at UBC (ex. Mech 328). Rather than approaching the design by using physics and mathematical tools, the design is largely based on statistical findings from similar ships. A significant portion of the design will be performed in NAPA, a 3D ship modeling software. Pay attention to the manuals and ask other students to figure it out together. The final exam is an oral presentation and question period about your ship. There will also be a few questions about ship design in general.

Basic Aerodynamics (46110)

Although Basic Aerodynamics is a 5 ECTS course, I thought that the work load was significantly higher. Three group assignments make up the marks for this course. Don’t worry if you don’t understand the math heavy material; the assignments rely mostly on having a good grasp of the concept and knowing how to program in MATLAB. I personally enjoyed this course because of how much I learned and how rewarding it feels to complete an assignment. The final exam is an oral presentation and question period about the final assignment.

Manufacturing Technologies (62204)

Manufacturing Technologies is a self-taught online course that requires you to read the textbook and answer questions. There are two assignments that require research beyond the textbook and apply some critical thinking to write an essay. Since it is an online course, I found it difficult to keep with the schedule when other classes got busy. There is no final exam for this course.

Mechanical Vibrations (62643)

Mechanical Vibrations is a standard structure course in which the professor delivers both PowerPoint and whiteboard lectures. There are some assigned questions from the textbook and a project that covers the entire course material, both of which are done in groups of three. The professor will make the structure of the final oral exam very clear.

Although the courses were challenging, I enjoyed every one of them. I have no doubt that future students attending DTU will enjoy their studies and experiences as well. I intend to visit the campus and explore more of Denmark in the future!

 

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2017 Spring Semester

By Alex Caplan

In Copenhagen. Photo credit: Alex Caplan

It is not easy putting my experiences into words. There have been ups and downs of emotions, I have visited many countries and I have met a great number of people.

I called Denmark home for 5 months and it will forever be dear to me. It is quaint and beautiful. I was lucky enough to take a road-trip in which I experienced more than just Copenhagen. The countryside is peaceful and quiet. The seas (North and Baltic) are blue and fresh. The sand is white and crisp. The people look happy.

Copenhagen is a busy city, but it is not too big. There are bicycles passing at every moment, so don’t step onto the bike path. If you do, a cyclist will politely alert you with their bell. I never bought a bike, but that is something I will do when I return here one day. I lived on campus and I took the bus/train to get into the city. I think the reason I chose not to buy a bike was because the winter is cold, dark and wet. You don’t see many people out during winter. The Danes stay inside, light their candles and enjoy a warm drink with their families. I eventually adopted that lifestyle and understood the meaning of ‘hygge’. As the seasons pass and the sun begins to shine, that was when I realized how lucky I truly was. There are many parks to visit and get lost in. Life is present and the smiles around are radiant. My favourite times in Copenhagen were when I would sit in a park, have a picnic with friends and people watch. I felt present with the city and accepted amongst the people.

I would most definitely visit and live in Denmark again. I was extremely impressed with their socioeconomic system. It is rather similar to Canada’s, but I’d say that they are ahead of the game in their progressive nature. No one ever looked rush. Sure, the occasional cyclist would zip by unannounced, but in general, it didn’t seem like anyone was very stressed. Most people keep to themselves, but it is a good thing. No one is in anyone else’s business, as it should be.

There isn’t a demand for performance or an unnecessary pressure. They simply live life.

There is so much more to explore in this wonderful country, but my time is up. I hope many more get the opportunity to experience what I have been fortunate enough to have had.

 

University of Glasgow – 2017 Spring Semester

By Janelle Somerville

Sitting on the terrace of our Airbnb in Tangier, Morocco in March. Photo credit: Katie Jackson

 

Going on exchange has been such a unique way to integrate into a new culture, expose myself to new academic opportunities and make friends from all around the world. Over my four months in Scotland I learned what a Ceilidh is, had a Robbie Burns night dinner and hiked in the highlands. It was also an incredible chance, mostly thanks to Skyscanner, to explore other parts of Europe. Every weekend I would travel with other exchange students to a different country, exploring Morocco, Spain, Germany, Denmark and many more. I was reunited with other UBC students on exchange, meeting friends in Amsterdam and Belgium. It has also been such an opportunity to compare life in Canada to life in another country. Rather than simply travelling through a place it becomes your home. I have been exposed to completely different academic approach from that at UBC and learn from professors with different backgrounds. Overall, this has been an unforgettable term that I would highly recommend any student integrate into their degree.

University of Glasgow – 2017 Spring Semester

by Candy Lin

Doing an academic exchange through CIE at the University of Glasgow has been a great experience. CIE makes the process of exchange very fluid as credit transfer is outlined on the website. I thoroughly enjoyed the pace of courses at the University of Glasgow. There is less material covered making it easier to master and remember key concepts. Also, I found many engineering courses did not have weekly assignments (homework) as all are based on the final exam and maybe a midterm exam or assignment.

Here are my tips/suggestions when attending the University of Glasgow:

  1. Prepare for the first week. You may need to e-mail each separately each faculty member separately to ask for permission to attend certain courses. My courses were not finalized until the end of week one.
  2. Sign up for orientation events in advance.
  3. Really take the time to travel!
  4. Take advantage of the opportunity to attend events occurring on campus.
  5. Apply to Murano for housing. The quality of the flat is equal to that of first year residences of UBC (not great) but it is a great chance to meet a lot international students from around the world

Overall, Glasgow is a friendly city and should be considered if you have travelling on your mind. From Glasgow, you can bus up to the highlands, train down to England and fly, for great prices, to other surrounding countries.  Travel was my favourite part of exchange.

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2017 Spring Semester

by Henry He

Hi, I am Henry He and I studied at DTU in the winter semester in 2017. During the five month semester at DTU, I took Ship Design, Manufacturing Technology and Internal Combustion Engine Experimental Study.

All courses available in English were actually graduate courses, which provided a distinct experience compared with UBC. Each class was usually 4 hours. The first 2 hours were for lectures while the remaining time was for questions and assignments. The QA section was everyone’s favourite because professors would stay and answer student questions right away.

The accommodations in DTU was quite interesting and we call it ‘container’. The container was a bungalow made of wood, painted red. Ten exchange students shared a container and each of us had our own room. I was in container B, and every Wednesday we each took turns cooking. We enjoyed food from France, Poland, America, India, Romania and China. Each Wednesday evening, we had awesome dinner and played games from all over the world.

I also traveled around Europe when I was not busy. I visited France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Germany, and many other countries. The cultures are so different and the world I see is no longer the world I knew. The feeling is amazing. Here are a few photos of the places that I visited.

Ice land Blue lagoon (Photo credit: Henry He)

Italy, Pompeii (Photo credit: Henry He)

Hungary, Budapest (Photo credit: Henry He)

I recommend students to go on an exchange term. It is not easy to find an opportunity to live in another place for an extended term with a completely different culture from what you are familiar with, especially after graduation. You will benefit from an immersive, multicultural experience in all aspects of your life.

 

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – 2017 Spring Semester

by Zac Mouton

Hiking in Faroe Islands (Photo Credit: Zac Moulton)

In the Spring of 2017, I spent a semester studying at Technical University of Denmark through UBC’s CIE program. I would recommend studying at DTU to anyone, for reasons both inside and outside of the classroom.

Inside the classroom, there are a couple interesting concepts that differentiate DTU from UBC. Firstly, the written exam format is a novel concept that I am glad I experienced: 4-hour exams with “all aid,” which means you can bring in your laptop containing all your textbooks, lecture notes, and MATLAB scripts from the semester. What I loved about this is how similar it made the problem-solving process to an actual engineering job in industry, based from my co-op experience. Also, throughout the semester, a trend I noticed across multiple courses is the tendency to encourage experimentation with tools such as MATLAB and Maple in whatever way students saw fit, in order to arrive at solutions rather than to strictly require certain scripts or documents as deliverables, as we often see in UBC courses.

Outside the classroom, student life at DTU is incredibly enriching. I had nine roommates, all from different countries, none of which were Denmark. It was amazing to see how members of different cultures could bring their perspectives to the table and create a community that made use of the best of them. Also, the opportunity for travelling from Denmark is tremendous since it is very cheap to fly anywhere in Europe from Copenhagen, not to mention the fact that Copenhagen is one of only a handful of airports that offers flights to the world’s most beautiful region, the Faroe Islands.

 

University of Glasgow – 2017 Spring Semester

by Tom Lee

My CIE experience allowed for a fully immersive cultural experience of Scotland and Europe as a whole. I was able to explore rural areas, such as the gently rolling hills of the Scottish Highlands to the heavily urbanized cities like London. Being on exchange, I was immersed with opportunities for cultural experiences. Even being in class was entirely different, and it was interesting to learn the differences between a Scottish university and UBC.

As an avid traveller, being in Europe was an amazing experience. I found myself on cheap flights on weekends, travelling to places such as Iceland, Denmark, Spain, and Morocco to name a few of the main trips. There’s no better feeling than flying out after your Friday classes and flying in a few hours before your first class on Monday! For me, the entire exchange seemed to fly by. It was an amazing opportunity to meet people from all around the world and indulge in unique culinary experiences from across Europe!

 

University of Glasgow – 2017 Spring Semester

by Nicholas Gerritsen

Four of our flatmates exploring Edinburgh Castle (Photo Credit: Nick Gerritsen)

Ever since I was accepted to UBC I’ve dreamed of going on an exchange. I am so happy that I got the chance to actually do this through CIE, and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone who is considering it. While your experience will be very different depending on where in the world you go, it’ll be unforgettable nonetheless. I chose to go to Glasgow, Scotland. The semester was so much better than I ever could’ve imagined! I ended up in a 12-person flat with all international students. The 12 of us (5 Canadians, 4 Americans, and 3 Australians) quickly became family, and we already have plans for a 5 year reunion in Brazil (a Rio-Union)! Other than my flatmates, I met many other people from all over the world! In Glasgow, they have a saying… “People make Glasgow”. In my exchange, this couldn’t have been more true.

This exchange has given me the opportunity to do lots of travelling throughout Europe, and that was absolutely amazing. I had the chance to try my hand at solo travel (which I would recommend to anyone), as well as travelling with a partner and in large groups. By the time I was preparing to return to Canada, I had experienced a small part of 18 different European countries.

In terms of the University of Glasgow, the sheer age of the school is amazing to me. Founded in 1451 (41 years before Columbus “discovered” the Americas), the history within the school is incredible, from Adam Smith to James Watt. The campus is beautiful, with its Hogwarts-esque clock tower and beautiful lecture halls. The format of the courses was a bit of a surprise to me, as most of the classes were evaluated based on 100% final. This put lots of pressure on the exam period, but left more time to bond with flatmates and travel during the semester. It’s been a truly unbelievable semester!

University of Glasgow – 2017 Spring Semester

by Gunes (Jeffrey) Degirmenci

Exploring some castles in Ayr, Scotland (Photo Credit: Maddy Fontaine)

Deciding to do an exchange was undoubtedly a great decision. Scotland was not anywhere I ever envisioned myself living for half a year, but I am very glad I took the leap and went through with it! It is an extraordinary and beautiful landscape, the likes of which I have never seen. But more importantly, the people make Glasgow! I have made many good friends through this experience, from many corners of the globe.

If you decide to do this exchange (and you should!), my only recommendation is that you do as much as possible. The semester will come and go before you know it! Also, be careful not to get stuck in the “international bubble.” It’s easy to spend all your time with the other foreign students on exchange, but don’t shy away from joining a club and meeting some locals. After all, locals would know the area better than anyone, and they may show you a different side of wherever you choose to go.

 

University of Queensland (UQ) – 2017 Spring Semester

by Keegan Smith

Going to Australia for a term abroad was great! I experienced a whole new country while completing courses for my degree. The course load at UQ is generally 4 courses and they are predominantly group work based. Joining the exchange student group at UQ was a great way to make new friends and have fun outside of classes.

Tips:

  • Make sure to take advantage of long weekends and low work periods during your semester by going for a trip either locally or to another state.
  • Getting around the city of Brisbane is pretty easy with transit.
  • If you want to have more freedom and travel beyond Brisbane, it is definitely worth it to purchase a cheap car and go to coastal towns on the weekends. When you’re leaving Australia, sell your car and you should come out pretty much even.

 

ETH Zurich – 2016 Autumn Semester

by Ian Thompson

At the Swiss Mountains. Photo credit: Ian Thompson

I would highly recommend other engineering students to participate in a CIE term at ETH Zurich as a way to make the most of their degree. Firstly, travelling abroad and having the opportunity to study in a new city at a new school brought me an immense change of perspective. Having never lived outside of my hometown of Vancouver, moving to Switzerland showed me a completely different way of life, shaping and expanding my worldview. Surrounded by new languages, food and cultural traditions, it was exciting to make a temporary home in a wildly different city. I had the opportunity to see more new countries, cities, and cultures during my stay than I had in the previous 21 years of my life! The academic experience at ETH Zurich was equally exciting and perspective-shifting. The chance to take on master’s courses was challenging and exciting. I was able to connect with my professors and peers and learn about exciting opportunities in my field. Throughout all my courses, I was exposed to some of the leading research topics from machine learning to neuroscience. More amazingly, the professors exposing me to these topics were all world leading researchers in these fields, coming from institutions like MIT, Stanford and Harvard. Overall the caliber of instruction and research at ETH is phenomenal. As a fourth year student, and at a time when academic inspiration might have been reaching a low, my exchanged refreshed my perspective towards my field and provided me the motivation to learn and explore.

Ian’s Top 5 Insider ETH Tips:

  1. Go try out Super-Kondi Body Attack, an amazing dance-fitness craze that the Swiss love and will surely leave you exhausted. It’s free in the student gym multiple times a week (all student gym facilities are free).
  2. Be aware of the timing of ETH exams and be ready to either take them early (during the last week of classes), or while you are back at UBC. It’s a bit tougher than doing it at the normal time, but stay on top of it and you’ll be ok.
  3. Electrical and Mechanical Engineers get one free coffee and one free beer per day from their student society! This really blew my mind, the Swiss have a lot of money to throw around.
  4. For Engphys Students: It’s really easy to switch in and out of courses at ETH. You can take the first few weeks to sample a few classes and decide what you will take. Just make sure that the courses will actually count for UBC credit!
  5. The fact that you don’t know people in your classes is a good thing. Make friends with those around you, and go to the professors and TAs for help. They are all super nice and you might even make a coveted Swiss friend.

Photo credit: Ian Thompson

ETH Zurich – 2016 Autumn Semester

by Lap-Tak Chu

Photo credit: Lap-Tak Chu

Doing my academic exchange at ETH Zurich was definitely an amazing experience for me. It not only opened new perspectives on engineering education in one of the leading institutions in the world but being surrounded by many other international students helped foster connections with people from different cultures around the world. I thoroughly enjoyed making new friends and working with them to tackle tough problems and challenges. We learned about cutting edge research going on today in the courses (machine learning, computer vision and biomedical imaging) and the applications and impact it has on the real world.

One of the things I found to be extremely different and very positive was the amazing precision and access to public transportation. Compared to Vancouver, trains and buses in Zurich were almost always on time. Another difference is the cost of living. The cost of living was very high compared to Vancouver, although there are definitely some ways to save money including eating at the school cafeteria (Mensa) or shopping at low cost grocery stores. One thing I do recommend is going on exchange to ETH in the second semester as this allows you to travel in January (to experience Winter in Switzerland and Europe) and to travel around Europe after classes end for the summer. The best thing about this exchange for me was the opportunity to meet new people from all around the world. It is amazing to be able to say that you can travel pretty much anywhere and be able to meet up with all these friends you have shared such amazing experiences with.

 

ETH Zurich – 2016 Autumn Semester

by Shahriar Noroozi Zadeh

Photo credit: Candice Ip. (From Left to right: Candice Ip, Shahriar Noroozi Zadeh, Ian Thompson, Lap-Tak Chu, Amir Hossein Rafaee Afshar Ghezelbash)

As part of UBC’s Applied Science Coordinated International Experience (CIE) program, I studied at ETH Zürich for the Autumn term of 2016. My studies at ETH involved application of electrical engineering and computer science in different biomedical engineering fields such as medical imaging. In this intriguing experience, I focused on subjects in machine learning, biomedical imaging, computer vision, and completed a term-long cross-disciplinary research in medicine and engineering. Studying in one of the leading universities in the world and learning from the leading professionals of these fields made this experience invaluable.

The study experience at ETH was different from UBC in the way that the expectation is put on the students to keep up with the material. At UBC not only all assignments contribute to your final grade, there is also at least 1 midterm exam that divides the work throughout the term. Whereas, at ETH, since there are no deadlines throughout the term, it is your responsibility to keep up with the course. I believe this was a great experience to get a sense of a different studying perspective, and it taught me great lessons for planning when there are no deadlines. Tutorials also play an important role in different courses as the lectures give more of an overview of the application of what you are learning, and the tutorials are where you get to challenge yourself with exercises and theory.
Lastly, I have to add that Switzerland is a very beautiful country with a great rich culture. During my stay, I travelled to different cities from Geneva and Lausanne to the capital at Bern. The beautiful landscape and the nice people made this entire experience unforgettable for me and made me wish my stay was longer.

 

Technical University of Denmark – 2016 Autumn Semester

by Stefan Sander-Green

UBC students Bryden Fogelman, Megan Thomsen and Stefan Sander-Green in Nyhavn, Copenhagen while on exchange at DTU. Photo credit: Candice Ip.

UBC students Bryden Fogelman, Megan Thomsen and Stefan Sander-Green in Nyhavn, Copenhagen while on exchange at DTU. Photo credit: Candice Ip.

I would highly recommend studying at DTU through CIE. It is a great way to get the most out of your degree and tailor it to your interests. DTU offers many courses that were not available to me at UBC. For example, I am interested in renewable energy and was able to take courses like ‘wind turbine technology and aerodynamics’ and ‘development of solar energy systems’ to name just two. My friends and classmates who attended DTU were also able to find classes specific to their interests. In these classes I was able to apply the theory and knowledge from my studies at UBC to contribute to group projects with students from around the world.  And don’t worry, in my experience everyone in Denmark speaks perfect English. Or, if you are interested, free Danish language classes are offered.

 

Technical University of Denmark – 2017 Winter

by Elsa Langill

Read about Elsa’s CIE experience on the UBC ENVE website here.

Greenland – 2016 Winter

by Olina Chang

Check out this blog from a student who took Artic Infrastructure and Society at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Greenland: Snippets of Adventure

Technical University of Denmark – 2016 Arctic Semester

by Laura Fredrickson

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Photo credit: Helene Nes (Masters student at DTU). UBC students who participated in the Arctic Semester are: Laura Fredrickson (back row, furtherest on the left), Ivo Handjiyski (back row, second on the left) and Olina Chang (front, right side)

Have you ever thought about building a road in an area with thawing permafrost? How about transporting water to and from a treatment facility under extreme weather conditions? These are just a few of the trials that engineers face working in the Arctic, and a big part of what makes the Arctic Semester offered through CIE’s partnership with DTU such an invaluable opportunity.

The Arctic Semester is a unique experience that introduces students to the extreme and harsh environmental conditions and social challenges that engineers must overcome. The integrative learning experience pairs university style lectures with hands-on field experience with an emphasis on discussion and peer-to-peer learning. There is a strong focus on creating long term sustainable solutions for the Arctic.

In addition to the academic learning experience offered by this experience, there is a great opportunity to create an international group of friends and colleagues, as well as expand your cultural knowledge. The diversity amongst the students in this program is extremely valuable. With three Canadians, three French, one Swiss, one Norwegian, one Icelander, one Slovakian and one Greenlander – new perspectives and ideas are brought to the table. In addition to working together in a classroom setting, we have shared our cultural traditions and stories with each other, and taken part in community events such as the 2016 Arctic Sounds Music Festival. I am truly grateful for the memories that I have created during this exchange and I can’t wait to share what I have learnt with all of my friends and family upon returning to Canada.

Read Laura and Ivo’s experience also posted on the UBC ENVE site here.

Technical University of Denmark – 2016 Winter

by Max Lauretta

Photo credit: Max Lauretta (pictured third from the right)

Photo credit: Max Lauretta (pictured third from the right)

As I sit in the airport, contemplating on the last six months that I have spent in Europe, the first thing I think of is that it was an incredible opportunity and that I am fortunate to have been able to study abroad. Studying overseas, especially at a university such as the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), gives a vastly different perspective to engineering studies. Living and studying abroad has provided a new perspective on the world and how you can experience another culture in such a way that it can influence all your decisions from that point on.

The Danish approach to studying engineering specifically at DTU is that students attend one four-hour class per week, normally involving a two-hour lecture and two hours in the class working on practice problems with the help of a tutorial teacher. Furthermore, the majority of grading for Danish courses is in the form of group projects given at the beginning of the semester, and the exam at the end of the semester is usually based on this term project. The exams can range from different formats such as: four hour written exams with all aid (all aid meaning that you can use any aid at your disposal such as your computer that is not connected to the internet and textbooks that you might need), oral exams (which is a presentation where the professor asks questions about the course material), or as said before, the final term report counted as the final exam which usually involves a questionnaire type situation.

In terms of professional development, my CIE experience at DTU has been amazing, from adventuring throughout the many countries in Europe to experiencing DTU and Denmark. For students that are interested in entrepreneurship and designing new products that can go to market, there is a facility called “Skylab” at DTU where students can go with their engineering ideas and create a prototype with the machines and 3D printers which they can then take to industry. One of the best parts about studying at DTU is that its a technical university so you can meet students from around the world that are in many different engineering disciplines, from Bachelor to Master students. Another advantage is that being in a country such as Denmark that is very efficiently organized socially and economically, it allows for many comparisons to be made between Denmark and Canada. DTU has many opportunities for students in the forms of workshops and seminars, where students can be exposed to a variety of different engineering disciplines from all over Europe.

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