Amsterdam which was amazing, but on the other hand I now seem to have an appetite for travel and sitting still in Amsterdam doing university work has become just that much more harder. So if you are an effective time manager, hopefully you will be able to fit in many weekend excursions. If you are not a good time manager then you have to weigh up what is more important; study or European travel? One downside with all these facts considered, is that if you fail anything university related at your exchange school things can become quite sticky for you. For example, at the school I am studying at, if you fail (and it is likely; the course load and expectations are very high) you get one more chance to re-sit. And if you fail that as well, you have to come back the FOLLOWING YEAR to do it again. Which unless, you have a lot of money and heaps of spare time, you do not want to do. And of course there is the inevitable â€˜culture shockâ€™ which, even in European countries, can in fact be a bit of a shock. Things that used to be very simple, like getting a coffee on Sunday morning, become near impossible. Be prepared to not be able to read simple things like road signs or restaurant menus, and be prepared to be misinterpreted or misunderstood. But in all of that, doing a semester abroad is an absolutely amazing experience. In what other way could you de-contextualise yourself and your life so dramatically? It can get a bit tricky in patches but it is definitely something that will have a positive effect on your for the rest of your life. You will have some amazing experiences, meet some fascinating people, and see some amazing things.
On top of all of that a semester abroad does look really good on your CV. All the challenges you will face will grow you as a person and make for excellent stories to retell further down the line. If you decide to do the exchange and study abroad for a semester I can guarantee it will be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life and you will never be the same after it! For more information go to http:// www.aut.ac.nz/being-a-student/ starting-out/international/studentexchange
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