Lesleyanne’ blog – Part 3

So I haven’t posted in a few weeks because I’ve been procrastinating a lot… like A LOT. My first month here has been pretty comfortable, I haven’t done all that much exploring which is something that needs to change, I’ve mostly went to classes and binge watched programmes on Netflix. Classes have been really fun…

Lesleyanne’ blog – Part 2

After unpacking I found myself unbelievably hungry after the stress of simply trying to get my keys. The local supermarket is roughly a three minute walk from my building so it was easily found and I began my journey to fill the massive appetite I had managed to work up. Now shopping is easy enough, you…

Lesleyanne’ blog – Part 1

I arrived in Sweden on the 10th of January and stayed the night with a good friend. The next day was filled with excitement which quickly deteriorated into paranoid madness. It was moving day and I was meant to sign my contract which I was inevitably late for due to the fact I was lugging…

Dealing with anxiety whilst on exchange: An update

Looking back to the end of 2014, I was practically a cocktail of emotions, shaken and stirred. It was the build up to Christmas in my third year of university. There was the excitement of the upcoming Christmas period, along with the stress associated with end of semester assignments. That was then combined with an…

Dealing with anxiety whilst on exchange

So you had everything sorted. It was planned and organised to the nth degree. You have been looking forward to going on exchange for a long time and is something you had been thinking about for years beforehand. Yet, you’ve got that funny feeling again. The one you know all too well. Anxiety. Whether you…

Ondřej’s student exchange (Netherlands)

Welkom in Nederland! / Welcome to the Netherlands! My name is Ondřej, I am a 3rd-year student of PR, Marketing, and Events at QMU, and I have spent half a year studying at the Saxion University in the Netherlands. My experience has been fantastic, beyond just a few words! I have met a lot of…

Gabriella’s student exchange (France)

My chapter in Paris I still remember sitting in the front row at the exchange meeting held by Laura, one and a half year ago, listening about the opportunities to study abroad. I remember so vividly getting shivers down my spine as soon as I saw the pictures of Paris on the board, I instinctively…

Melanie’s student exchange (USA)

First of all, I would like to thank QMU and SCSU for this amazing opportunity to study and live in America for a couple of months! When I heard about the opportunity to go on an exchange I didn’t even think about it twice. I knew I had to take this chance. To be honest,…

Paul’s student exchange (USA)

Even the house I lived in had an academic context as I was able to take language classes in the building. This elicited a special way of learning as it was less formal and more inclusive. Not only my house but the whole campus was a very different experience compared to what I have been…

Emmy’s student exchange (Canada)

  So my adventure begins in Toronto where I explored the big city near where I would call home for the next few months. The sun was still shinning on my arrival and over the next few months the weather would remain the same which is not like the average Canadian summer. Brock university is…

Hedvig’s student exchange (Canada)

It is crazy to sit here and write about my experience as time has passed by so faaast and it’s been a real adventure. However, that I decided to do my exchange at Brock University, Ontario Canada, is by far one of the best decisions I have ever made. For me, Canada has never been…

Hannah’s student exchange (Australia)

Australia! Finally! When I started out at QMU as a first year student and was told I could study abroad for a semester in third year and my mind went straight to Australia. Never did I think that in two and a half years’ time I would actually be getting on a plane to head…

Cornelia’s student exchange (USA)

1 – ARRIVAL & RESIDENCE LIFE So I stayed in a building called Casa (circled on a map below), which consists of 8 “pods” which are like apartments with about 9 people in each. Each pod has 3 bathrooms to share and the building as a whole shares 1 kitchen. We have a nice common…

Caitlin’s student exchange (Hungary)

Now that my time in Budapest has drawn to a close I find myself reflecting on my time here. When I first arrived it -10°C! As my taxi drove through the city I watched the big pieces of ice drift down the Danube, it was quite a sight. The first thing that grabbed my attention…

Ellen’s student exchange (Hungary)

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to commemorate the initiative taken to arrange this cultural and educational exchange, something I hugely benefitted from. As an already international student experiencing the way of life at a Scottish University, I was equally thrilled to discover the same in Hungary. Living in the northern part of…

Greg’s blog – Part 6

Last week marked the half way point of my international exchange to Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania. Although I have been here for almost three months telling people the name of the University I attend doesn’t get any less funny. When I signed up to do my exchange in November last year I had a huge…

Louise’s student exchange (New Zealand)

“A New Zealand Newbie” Well Auckland, you certainly are a treat for the eyes and very warm – not that I’m complaining! After having a lovely extended Christmas holiday, the New Zealand semester has finally started and my Media exchange at Auckland University of Technology commences! Since arriving, it certainly has been an overwhelming first…

Grace’s student exchange (Canada)

Around three hours in to our 15 minute pilgrimage from Brock Campus to Decue Falls, the group of British, Australian and French students with whom I had become friendly with began to entertain a unanimous hopelessly-lost mentality. Our trusty guide, a slender ‘Modest Mouse’ aficionado named Jack, was keeping his cards on the table as…

Emma’s student exchange (Canada)

In my second year of university, I signed up for the opportunity to go on an exchange at the start of my third year. When I applied, there were three thoughts running through my head; It can’t hurt to try Canada is really pretty I probably won’t get picked anyway But lo and behold, picked…

Greg’s blog – Part 5

BLOG POST 5. – Friday. Still sweating after my shower at the Uni gym, I sat in Maggie’s Bar throwing back a Bacon Roll and Coffee. Just over two pounds, I couldn’t believe it! Heather and I had agreed to meet each other to discuss potential funding for my exchange. I had no idea what…

Greg’s blog – Part 4

BLOG POST 4. – Thursday Hmmm…this could be pretty expensive. At first glance I am looking at paying for housing, a mandatory meal plan, flights there and back and I might want to leave my room when I’m there so I could do with some spending money. I am however one of the many students…

Greg’s blog – Part 3

BLOG POST 3. – Wednesday. Now that I was decided I was going to enquire about the chance of a semester abroad I thought when will I do it? After a quick read on the RILO section of the QMU website I realised I couldn’t carry out an exchange in my fourth year as we…

Greg’s blog – Part 2

BLOG POST 2. – Tuesday.    I love the term “Mature student”. My wife said to me when I was accepted as a direct entry “It will be funny; you’ll be a mature student”. The reason we found this so funny is there is very little that’s mature about me. I still listen to the…

Greg’s blog – Part 1

BLOG POST 1. – Monday. An International exchange? Can I do an exchange to the United States when I am 28 years old, married, have a mortgage to pay and have a job? Let’s start by rewinding ten years… When I first came to QMU in 2006 as a fresh faced eighteen-year-old to study Sociology…

Maddalena’s student exchange (USA)

I’m Maddalena Galloni, and I went on exchange in Semester 2 of 3rd year in Business Management. I went on exchange to UMass Amherst in the US. First of all, I would like to say that having the opportunity to study abroad is absolutely a unique experience that everyone who is lucky enough to have…

Kevin’student exchange (Netherlands)

Although studying abroad and moving away to another country may seem like a daunting task, I would definitely recommend it. Travelling and living in a different country and experiencing a different culture is very beneficial, that’s why going on exchange is an opportunity that should not be missed. Studying abroad allows you to meet new…

Kerry’s student exchange (USA)

I first heard about the study abroad programme during my second year at QMU and couldn’t have been more excited at the prospect of studying and living in a new country for one semester. When I first moved from Ireland to Scotland to start my first year of university, the one piece of advice my…

Elin’s student exchange (USA)

My experience at Slippery Rock University was simply, unforgettable. Being a shy individual, the idea of going abroad to a brand new university, in a brand new country and being surrounded by brand new people first seemed surreal and very scary. However, it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss. I originally heard about the exchange…

Matilde’s student exchange (Canada)

The reason I went on exchange was not the best one, as I was being pushed by my parents to use the opportunity given by the university to do so, and they thought it would be silly not to do so. Although I did not really want to do it, mostly I had already been…