Bachelor of Architectural Design, 3rd year
Bachelor of Architectural Design, 3rd year

Academic Experiences 

I studied 4 courses: Building Technology Studio, Thematic Design Studio, Contemporary Art and Public Space Design. I enjoyed learning how different people work together to get a successful academic system.

Learning about Milanese architecture and building techniques was what I found the most challenging, but what I enjoyed the most. I interacted with tutors, lectures and students to overcome this challenge. Learning how to engage with different people past the language barrier to get a full understanding proved difficult, but again asking questions and participating in conversation helped me overcome this challenge.

Personal Experience 

I gained a great deal from my exchange. The friendships that I gained from people all around the world is something that I will treasure. The places I travelled to, being my first time in Europe with people that live local gave me an experience that I wouldn't have had otherwise. Learning to get around Milan speaking Italian was a personal goal that I am proud to have achieved. Living out of home for the first time and learning how another city works helped my become more confident and enhanced my self-sufficiency.

Accommodation

I lived off campus in a great social spot in the city. I enjoyed the easy access to transport and living close to a popular social space. I would advise students to live close or in the city. Living close to university doesn't need to be a priority, as long as you live close to public transport.

Budget 

I was lucky with rent, where I shared a room with a friend so the price I paid was a great deal less. Transport in Milan is fantastic - very cheap and easy to use. Travel and entertainment is also a great price and it is very easy to move around. I would recommend saving as much as possible before arriving and also try not to spend all your money at the beginning of your trip. A great way to save when planning to travel is buying transport tickets early.

Academic Development and Employability 

Learning to be completely self-sufficient was a great skill and attribute that has contributed to my professional development. Learning how to break past the language barrier was a difficult experience, but very satisfying when accomplished.

Highlight 

The highlight of my experience was getting to know Milan and getting around like a local, and meeting some amazing people.

Top Tips

1. Figure out accommodation early - before you leave. Don't leave it to the last minute!
2. Organise and finish any admin way before you leave - have them all on a USB as well as hard copies (Visa etc.)
3. Save as much money as you can so you can get a full experience without having to worry.
4. Be prepared to be put out of your comfort zone
5. Embrace and engage in as many activities as you can!

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