Julia Bergin
I now feel more comfortable talking to new people and visiting places on my own. It has given me connections and friends all over the world.

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International Exchange: Melbourne, Australia

"I chose to take part in the programme as it sounded like a once-in-a-lifetime chance to live and study in a different country. I decided to go to Australia because I’ve always wanted to visit the country. I wanted to go somewhere that was English-speaking, as I felt I would be less nervous and that it would be easier to make friends.

"From the time I arrived I decided to get stuck in and take part in all the welcome activities and attended all the events in order to meet as many people as possible. This made me feel more comfortable as it meant I would recognise people around university and had friends to attend the first lectures and talks with.

"My favourite module was one called ‘Indigenous Australia’. It taught us all about the aboriginal people in Australia, when they first inhabited and where and how they live today. This was really interesting as it is a module I would never have had the opportunity to do anywhere else. I also took a travel writing module which came under my communications course. They offer a more literature-based communication course than at NTU, so it was enjoyable to experience a different side of communications.

"My experience has made me more confident as an individual. I now feel more comfortable talking to new people and visiting places on my own. It has given me connections and friends all over the world, some of whom have already come over to visit me in England.

"Travelling with the friends I’d made once term had ended was a particular highlight as there are some amazing sights to see. We went kayaking in the sea at Byron Bay and saw whales and dolphins!

"I would definitely recommend the exchange to others. It has been the best decision I’ve ever made."

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