As an international student at QUT, I never considered going on exchange. Why? I felt I was already living an amazing international experience studying abroad in Brisbane, 16,000 km away from home. However, one-day last semester I received an email from my faculty, Creative Industries, promoting a journalism study abroad program at the University of Arts London. And my immediate thought was: why not?
After all, even if it seemed to be very close to where I come from and not a notable exotic destination the three-week course might be interesting. I was right: studying abroad is an eye-opening experience. My first day at the London College of Communication, I was thrilled to explore the campus. It felt amazing to discover new study and creative spaces, new teachers, new classes and classmates.
The course was three weeks long. And I loved every day of it.
I felt very lucky to live in a new city and at the same time study with the help of local teachers and professionals. During the three weeks course, I met seven journalism professionals, made a YouTube video, published an online blog, wrote a feature and worked with my classmates on the class project, a print magazine. Three weeks of pure discovery which have made me love my studies even more than I did before, giving me several new ideas and future career projects.
Aside from my studies, I have visited London and all its boroughs, starting from the most touristic such as Westminster to the edgiest, Shoreditch and Camden Town. Now back, I feel fortunate to have lived such a pleasant experience without which my bachelor would certainly not be the same.
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A side note: my QUT international team officer was really helpful and made the whole application and departure process very easy!