As a student who has lived at home for my education at King’s, signing up for the International Exchange program was an exciting, nerve-racking and unforgettable experience. Never would I have thought that my semester in Sydney, Australia would offer me all that it has. Living and studying all the way across the world, outside of my comfort zone, forced me to analyze myself and who I want to be. It was a massive opportunity for personal growth and development that allowed me to become a more independent and stronger person. Not only was I immersed in a lifestyle that I’m not used to, but I was fortunate enough to do plenty of travelling around a beautiful country, have experiences I never thought I would, and to meet people from all over the world. I have now seen more of Australia than I ever thought I would and am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn about the different practices and policies of Australia in my area of study.
Nothing makes you appreciate your country and your university more than an international exchange experience. Nothing replaces the amount of things you learn about the world, the people around you, the richness of diversity and yourself more than an international exchange experience. I spent a year in Lyon, France and experienced it all.
I learned how to be blunt, organized, deal with bureaucracy effectively and patiently, I learned how to travel simply and on a budget. I learned about other countries and how to communicate with others who don't speak the same language. It was a bittersweet experience but of the addictive kind. It made me want to travel more, meet more people and break out of my comfort zone. But I'm also very happy to be back in Canada and Western!
My exchange experience has been the most thrilling adventure of my life. I have traveled, met new friends, learned about different cultures and all the while experiencing a new way of schooling. A rewarding challenge. My favorite memories will live on through the new people I have met during my journey and all the help they gave me when I needed it the most. I recommend going on an exchange to anybody who is considering it. It is not a maybe thing! Go! It is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will never regret. At first you may struggle with the sudden change but it will eventually turn into some of the best times of your life. Being in England made me grow as a person, and I have come back feeling better than ever for having the privilege of doing a year abroad.
The trip to DUFE in China was a great experience! The summer course was well taught and the school schedule was very convenient and flexible. The staff and faculty at DUFE were very helpful. We spent most of our time in Dalian but also travelled to Beijing and Shanghai and many other places. Visiting Shanghai was my favorite part of the trip. Overall, the trip was an excellent experience and I would recommend it to everyone!