Year Abroad Destination: Thailand
Growing up on a working-class estate and having a relatively small social circle brought up under the same circumstances, not many of us had spent time out of our native town just outside of Birmingham. After a year living in the Kingdom of Thailand, I developed a tremendous affinity for the country, its language, its people and its food (in particular). The biggest skill I gained is the ability to speak Thai as an everyday practice. Learning a language in a foreign country, enhances the experience and opens new doors and opportunities.
BA Modern Languages (French and Italian)
Year Abroad Destination: Italy
Studying Modern Languages at Exeter has been a great experience for me. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do a year abroad in Italy, and I spent the year teaching English with the British Council in a middle school in Turin. I travelled to all corners of Italy and had an amazing time soaking up the culture whilst improving my language skills.
BA Modern Languages
Year Abroad Destination: Brazil and Portugal
I spent my third year working for sixth months in São Paulo, Brazil and then studying for a semester in Porto, Portugal. I loved my year abroad, and feel that I came back to Exeter as a much more confident person, as well as having a high level of Portuguese.
Taking time to travel and learn about the culture of Brazil and Portugal was such a valuable experience – I have amazing memories of watching the sunset on Ipanema beach in Rio, and admiring the views from São Jorge castle in Lisbon.
BA Theology and Religion
Year Abroad Destination: Canada
In my third year, I had the opportunity to study abroad through the Theology and Religion department. During my year in Canada I learned how to thrive in a new environment, building up both my independence and my confidence. The chance to learn about my subject area from a different perspective was also incredibly useful. I am certain that both my year abroad and my experiences at the University of Exeter have prepared me well for any challenge I may wish to undertake in the future.
BA Classical Studies
Year Abroad Destination: Virgina
I am due to travel to Virginia next year and I can’t wait. If coming to university seemed scary then swapping continents is ten times so. But the opportunity to experience somewhere completely different for a year, with the support network of the university, is absolutely brilliant and one I would fully recommend taking up.
Year Abroad Destination: France
Studying in France has given me confidence and the knowledge that I will be okay no matter where I find myself in the future. It has given me the chance to further improve my independence and adaptability which will also be of great value in professional life. I can now show employers that I can thrive in unexpected circumstances and a new environment. In a globalized world, I am certain that my acquired language skills and cross-cultural awareness will prove advantageous in my future career.
Year Abroad Destination: Australia
My studies here at the University of Exeter have been incredible (I cannot speak highly enough of my English course). I chose to study abroad at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. I believe having international experience is key to success, work between countries continues to become more globally significant.