We asked students what was their first impression when they first arrived in their host country. Here are their thoughts:
“Upon arrival at Hong Kong, you can directly feel the diversity of this city. The main language you hear is Cantonese but you also hear languages from all over the world. There is a large variety of Asian and Western food. The cars drive on the other side of the road compared to what I am used to and you can see temples in between two buildings. Tradition is mixed with modernity. You learn very quickly how things are done here: how to stop a minibus or to ask for a taxi. You also get to socialize a lot with people from all origins, locals and foreigners. So far, my journey has been instructive and has forced me to get out of my comfort zone.”ClémENCE IN HONG KONG, CHINA – College of business, city university of hong kong
“I am an exchange student at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington DC, USA. My integration in the university went very well. The GWU administrative team has been very helpful at the beginning of the year.Marie in washington dc, usa – The george washington university, school of business
The Covid affects the student life a little bit since many events of the university are cancelled. But I can still feel that the city is very student-oriented!
The courses offered are in the evening, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm approximately. This frees up our days to study or visit the city. The city of Washington DC is very rich in culture and history. There are many museums, monuments and memorials to visit for free. It is also very well located on the east coast of the United States, which is ideal for travel!
Finally, it is important to note that living in Washington DC is expensive (housing and cost of living).”
“I am a MIB exchange student at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University which is located in the city of Kingston, Ontario, Canada.Emma in kingston, ontario, canada – queen’s university, smith school of business
I moved to Kingston two weeks ago and, so far, the life in the city has been delightful. Kingston is not a big city but there is a huge student life with a lot of restaurants, bars, activities.. to do.
I live in a house with 4 other girls, 10 minutes’ walk from the Ontario lake. As a usual Canadian winter, it is currently very cold and snowy but it is a fun experience to live.
Canada is also a beautiful country with a lot of places and national parks to discover. Canadians are very welcoming, helpful and nice.
I, unfortunately, haven’t had the chance to go to Queen’s yet because of the pandemic restrictions, but the host university does its best for us to have quality classes online.
Overall, I feel great in this city and I can’t wait for public places to reopen so I can visit and enjoy more !”
What about you, what will be your first impression when you go study abroad?