What do others students think about going global?

Don't just take our word for it... hear what your fellow students thought about their experience overseas. If you've been abroad yourself and would like to share your story, just email studyabroad@swansea.ac.uk with your case study and pictures.

PIERS - COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Student in California

Piers spent a year abroad at Colorado State University as part of his American Studies degree

I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I was welcomed with open arms by every person I met not only within the inclusive and wide-ranging induction week, but in the wider community as well. From family dinners with local residents to weekends spent in CSU’s Mountain Campus, Colorado couldn’t have made me feel more welcome. I was attracted to CSU from its proximity to the high peaks of the Rockies, but I was also drawn by variety of unique classes that I couldn’t find anywhere else.
Being able to study subjects such as the History of US National Parks, America’s Public Policy Process and Environmental Ethics gave me the chance to study topics I’m truly interested in, and helped me to come up with a topic for my final year dissertation in Swansea.  I’ll always be grateful for the help I received from Swansea’s Go Global team and CSU’s Office of International Programs for making the transition from Wales to Colorado so seamless. The exchange program is a fantastic opportunity for anyone, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

 

ROMANY - NURSING PLACEMENT FINLAND

Student in Finland

Romany spent three months in Finland completing a clinical placement as part of her Nuring degree 

My aspirations are eventually to become a humanitarian nurse and work within refugee camps and third world countries. I believe travelling the world is a transformational experience that allows people to experience a personal and professional transformation. The semester abroad benefited me in many ways. I have excelled academically, and my confidence has flourished. My communication skills have been enhanced greatly and this is one of the most vital skills a nurse must possess. 
I underwent 10 weeks of clinical placement and was able to partake in the nursing of patients within Finnish guidelines and procedures. Additionally, I had the honour of being part of an incredible team dynamic during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. I was able to witness the efficiency of teamwork and the calm manner that was adopted during the situation. Further, I was supported in English while performing compressions for the very first time in my career as a nurse, this was an incredible experience and I am thankful to be able to take this with me on my ongoing career. 

BETHAN - RENNES SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Student in Rennes

Bethan spent a year abroad at Rennes School of Business as part of her Business Management degree.

My motivations for choosing to spend a year studying abroad in France were firstly the prospect of having the opportunity to broaden my horizons and expand the very narrow view of the world I previously had. Advancing into my final year of university and subsequently graduating with very little knowledge about the working world I would eventually be entering did not sit right with me. Studying in France provided me with the opportunity to overcome these worries and experience a completely different culture of my own whilst not being too far from home. It is impossible for me to pinpoint one specific favourable moment of my year abroad as there were so many equally memorable moments. From eating at authentic restaurants with friends from all over the world, to visiting three different countries in a week with people who were complete strangers to me just weeks before, it is an overall experience I have no desire to forget and very much doubt I ever will. 

It is an experience which has boosted my confidence enough to consider every opportunity presented to me, may it be back home in Wales or on the other side of the world. Since finishing my year abroad I have spent 6 weeks living and working as an Au Pair in Madrid and have been researching the possibility of studying a master’s degree in Germany post graduating. I am far from ready for my study abroad experience to be over.