Advice from Past Participants
Do you have questions about the experience of going abroad? Do you wonder about any of the following: What will living in residence abroad be like? Will it be difficult to make new friends? How high a level of proficiency will I need in my target country's language?
Sometimes the best way to figure out which program or destination is best for you is by talking to a student who has already done it. CIE is happy to link you up with past participants in a number of different ways. Past participants may hold office hours, give exchange talks and/or may be contacted by email.
Exchange Talks are a series of informal gatherings where past exchange participants and interested students can get together to discuss the ins and outs of going abroad. This is a chance for you to get information and stories from people just just like you, who have had that first-hand experience!
Find out the answers to questions like: What is the work-load like? Are the profs approachable? Where's a good place to eat, have a good coffee or go out? Where are the best places to visit? What haven’t I thought about yet that I really should know?!
We’ll be expecting past and current exchange participants and international students to come together with interested students to talk plainly about their experiences.
This is a chance for you to discuss your experiences and network with like-minded students. Plus — as if we needed to tempt you further — you should know that there will be snacks; yummy, yummy snacks.
If you can only make it for a short while, please feel free to drop in late or leave early.
The schedule will be:
Wednesday October 10th 5-6:30 pm - UK
- England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland
Wednesday, October 17th 5-6:30 pm- Asia
- Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, India
Wednesday, November 7th 5-6:30 pm - Summer Opportunities
- Europe, Asia, Middle East
Wednesday, November 21st 5-6:30 pm - Europe
- Germany, Scandinavian Countries
Wednesday, December 5th 5-6:30 pm - Oceania
- Australia, New Zealand
Wednesday, January 11th 5-6:30 pm - French & Italian Speaking
- France, Belgium, Italy
Wednesday, January 30th 5-6:30 pm - Spanish & Portuguese Speaking
- Spain, Mexico, South America
If you can't meet in person with someone who has gone to the destination you are interested in, you may still have the chance to communicate by email with past or current participants. Please visit or email the Student Exchange Program office to inquire.
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