Student Exchange Buddies
Find out more information about our Student Exchange Buddies, including their top tips for making the most of your study abroad experience and their own exchange stories.
NTU Global has a team of Student Exchange Buddies who have just returned from their own study abroad / exchange experiences so they have a great understanding of what it is like to be a new student at a new university. You can expect to meet SEBs at social events on campus, including city tours, the Global Lounge and Virtual Global Lounges, welcome sessions and pre-departure sessions.
Are you an NTU student thinking about, or preparing, to study abroad? Are you a study abroad / exchange student studying at NTU from one of our partner universities?
If so our SEBS can provide advice, support and tips on what it's like being a student abroad, including:
- what to take with you
- how to deal with homesickness
- best ways to make friends, network, and make the most of your time overseas
- best places in Nottingham to eat, drink and shop
- best places to visit in Nottingham
- tips on how to have a great time at NTU
- tips for making the most of your time abroad
If you would like to contact one of our SEBs you can find more information about their experiences, and their email address, by looking at our Student Exchange Buddy Year Book.
Join our Teams groups
We have created a Microsoft Teams group for outgoing NTU students and incoming exchange students so that you can connect with other exchange participants and chat to SEBs.
See below the links to the groups:
What our SEBS say
BA (H) Spanish and Linguistics
“It was such a rewarding experience working with children. It was an amazing opportunity to submerge myself in a new place, with a community of people to practice a language. Everyone was so welcoming – it was undoubtedly one of the best things I’ve ever done.”
Top Tip: Say yes to everything. You never know until you try. You are overseas to try something new so don’t let your comfort zone hold you back!
BSc (H) Psychology with Sociology (SW)
“I would 100% recommend doing a semester abroad. I’ve been able to make connections all over the US with friends I know will last a lifetime. It allowed me to travel on my own, growing my independence & travel skills.”
Top Tip: Skiing! At the peak of the mountain you could see the Grand Canyon! The drive up was so picturesque, almost like being in Narnia! It as always fun skiing with friends and it was a nice escape from normal classes.
BA (H) International Business with Spanish (dual award)
“It is a very big learning curve when you get to live like the natives do and be part of another culture. If you are trying to learn the language it is 100% the best way to immerse yourself by living there. You will get to meet so many amazing people and get to see, eat and learn different things!”
Top Tip: Grab the opportunity with both hands, live with a least 1 native speaker and try to speak the language every chance you get!
BA (Hons) French and Spanish
Highlight: Meeting great people, having an unforgettable time, and improving my Spanish speaking skills and my cultural awareness.
Top Tip: Research regions and opportunities. Research accommodation, transport and environment. Don’t be afraid to go to a more rural / isolated area as it can offer so many benefits to your learning.
BA (H) German and Spanish
"Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity to experience new things, meet new people, gain transferable skills and make memories to last a lifetime. It really pushes you to step out of your comfort zone and makes you more resilient and independent."
Top Tip: Immerse yourself into the life and culture of your country as much as possible and practice the language before you go!