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.
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 should know?!
This is a chance for you to discuss your experiences and network with like-minded students.
If you can only make it for a short while, please feel free to drop in late or leave early.
All sessions will take place from 4:30-6pm in the Cumberland Room at CIE except for those which are marked differently. Please register for the events below:
- November 13 (Asia: Japan, China South Korea, Singapore, India) *Will take place 5-6:30pm
- November 14 (Summer Research: Science)
- November 20 (UK: England, Scotland, Ireland)
- November 21 (Summer Research: Engineering) *Will take place 5-6:30pm
- November 27 (French and Italian speaking countries)
- December 4 (Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries)
- December 11 (Europe: Germany and Scandinavia)
- December 18 (Oceania)
- January 29, 2014 (Summer coursework: Europe, Asia, Middle East)
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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Sometimes it helps to talk to other exchange students when you are deciding where to go. Join our Facebook page so that you can connect to other students who have been abroad.