More about Ria
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“Nottingham is a culturally diverse city with lots of opportunities.”
What did you enjoy most about your course?
“It is very interesting. European Studies goes hand in hand with Spanish, so I what I learn about in my Spanish modules is relevant to my European Studies modules. The small lecture sizes are another thing I enjoy about my course. You get to know staff and course mates pretty well so there’s lots of support.”
What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
“Nottingham is very diverse and has lots of things to do all the time. For my final year, I am living in the Lace Market where there are many cool vintage shops. The Goose Fair is my favourite place to go to in Nottingham when it is on in October.”
Can you tell us more about your Year Abroad in Spain?
“I did a teaching placement in Vigo, Spain. I was there for 9 months. I worked at 3 schools as an English teaching assistant. One of the highlights of the exchange was doing a pilgrimage called El Camino de Santiago. I spent 5 days walking from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela. I walked 144km during that time! It was a great experience because I met so many people and felt closer to the Galician culture.
“I was able to go and visit many other cities while I was there. I went to many cities in Galicia (the Autonomous Community Vigo is in). Galicia is on the border with Portugal, so I visited Aveiro, Porto, Lisbon and a small town called Valença. “
What was the most interesting / enjoyable aspect of your time abroad and why?
“The best part of the year abroad was meeting so many different people from different backgrounds. I also enjoyed working at the school and teaching my students about England and different Indian festivals such as Diwali.”
What skills (personal and professional) have you gained from this experience, and how will these skills enhance your employability for your chosen career?
“I have become a lot more independent and responsible. Doing a work placement abroad has enhanced my employability skills such as teamwork, presentation, communication and problem solving.”
What advice would you give to future NTU exchange students?
“To say yes to every opportunity!”
Why would you recommend going on exchange to other students?
“Going on exchange is a great way to enhance personal and professional skills. There are way too many reasons as to why I would recommend going on exchange, but I think the biggest one is that it helps to increase confidence within yourself and with other people.”