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Arik | Tecnológico de Monterrey
Architectural Studies 

“Being able to live on my own in a foreign country, communicating in a new language, making friends from all over the world – these were the main skills/experiences that I gained during my exchange. These are experiences that you will never forget and that could change your life.”

Lauren | Université Jean Moulin Lyon III
International Business

“I cannot even begin to describe how amazing my exchange was. I believe it contributed to every aspect of my being, in one way or another. It firstly forced me to step out of my comfort zone, it enabled me to make lifelong friendships, it improved my ability to communicate with others, it demonstrated how to live alone (specifically in a foreign country) and it made me appreciate how fortunate I have been to experience all of this.”

Evaline| Lancaster University
Environmental Science, Specialization in Biology

“My favourite memory from my exchange was being able to take part in a field course to Mt. Etna, Sicily where we spent a week hiking around the active volcano learning about volcanic processes and spent our nights exploring the sights of Sicily including eating copious amounts of pizza.”

Rita | Sciences Po
M.A. International Affairs, NPSIA

“It was always my dream to study in Paris and I can say that it was the best academic decision I have ever taken during this whole Masters experience. As an International Affairs students, it allowed me to build a strong network of brilliant like-minded individuals, discover various new cultures, and even helped me gain a job at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters!”

Tanner | Universität Leipzig
International Business

“I chose to go on exchange since I love to travel. Not only did I get to live in a foreign country for a year, I was able to use every minute of my free time traveling to nearby towns, states and countries. My time on exchange also allowed me to make friends from all over the world and immerse myself in different perspectives.”

Victoria | University of Liverpool
Global Politics, Communications and Media Studies

“My advice to someone considering going on exchange would be to take your time and do your research. Carleton has so many partnerships with institutions all over the world so it can be overwhelming trying to make your selection. Take your time, read about the institutions and about the cities they are located in. This will help in assuring that you have selected institutions that are right for you.”

Nadia | Konan University
Global and International Studies, Specialization in Global Politics

“There are several amazing memories that I’ve made while studying abroad, but the most important one was realizing how quickly my attitude changed and the moment I could feel my confidence improve. My language skills improved greatly in a short period of time and not only did I, but my friends and teachers noticed as well. This is a memory that keeps me motivated, though I can also say the many nights spent at Karaoke with Japanese and International students to be unforgettable!”

Mathieu | University of South Australia
Law, Minor in Political Science

“I was always keen on experiencing something different and challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone. The exchange most definitely did this for me and grew my personal confidence and gave me a chance to see the world and meet amazing people, friends who I will no doubt have for the remainder of my life. Pick a destination you’ve always wanted to go, or a language you’ve wanted to learn and go to that country and immerse yourself in the local cultures. If you second guess yourself, don’t, because at the end of it, you won’t want to leave.”

Martha | University of Warsaw
Political Science, Minor in Psychology

“The advice I would give to someone considering an exchange would be DO IT! It’s an experience that is truly a once in a lifetime experience that you will be able to look back on forever. The friendships formed, the memories made, the culture that you are immersed in, and the newfound way of looking at life. As cheesy as it may sound, there is no limit as to what one wants to do!”

Max | University of East Anglia

“One of my favourite memories was finally visiting Poland. I am half-Polish and had always wanted to return to my father’s home country, so I spent two weeks immersing myself in several Polish cities. I also particularly loved biking throughout downtown Copenhagen. Do not be afraid to travel on your own. It can seem daunting at first, especially if you’re someone who has only ever travelled in groups or with friends, but travelling alone has its perks as you can travel exactly the way you want.”

Hannah | University of Edinburgh
Global and International Studies, Specialization in Law

“I chose to study abroad because I wanted a unique university experience and meet new people. Once you get there, treat the new city like your home. Explore as much as possible and to make as many friends as you can! It will allow you to enjoy your experience much more. ”