Callum Goodyear

University: HZ University of Applied Sciences

Course: Civil Engineering

Which year you are in: 2nd year

Home Town in UK: Reading


1. Why did you choose to study abroad?

I chose to study abroad to broaden my experiences and work with a more diversified student body.


2. How would you rate the assistance of the university before you arrived (the application process, finding accommodation, sorting out financial matters)?

The university helped me a lot before I arrived. I was directed towards accommodation as well as having all my questions answered quickly by the international office.


3. How would you rate the assistance of the university when you arrived (orientation etc)?

The introduction week was good because it was fun. It allowed us to get to know our fellow students and get used to living in a new town in a different country.


4. Did you feel prepared when you arrived and/or what surprised you?

The lack of shops being open on most Sundays was a big shock and it took me a while to get used to!


5. How would you rate the learning environment (teaching style, studying with other international students, non-native English speaking lecturers)?

The learning environment doesn't seem too different to the classes I was used to in A-levels. The lessons are much more interactive, such as problem solving on the whiteboard, as opposed to just listening to the professor talk for the duration of the class.


6. Would you recommend studying abroad to a 17-18 year old Brit who might never have thought about it before?

I would definitely recommend it to younger students because I was 18 when I moved out here and I love it!


7. Is there anything you wish someone had told you at the time you applied?

I wish that someone had told me about the lack of financing from the UK government.


8. Would you recommend your course, university, city to British students?

I would recommend Vlissingen to British students, as long as they aren't looking to party every night because there are only a handful of clubs here so nothing too extravagant! 

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