Alexander - SWUFE Global Academy

B Advanced Finance & Economics (Hons)
July 2019

My experience

I chose to complete a short-term experience as exchange was always something that appealed to me however was not sure if I would get the opportunity/time to go on semester exchange. I decided that a short-term experience was a great way to get a taste of exchange and develop similar skills.

How has the experience changed you?

I have definitely developed a lot personally as a result of the short-term experience. Previously the only overseas travel I had done was through school organised trips. During this experience I was forced to become a lot more independent. As a result of this trip I have matured a lot personally. The experience was also great for my academic and professional development getting to network with lecturers and students from all over the world as well as local business people.

Favourite memory

There were so many great memories while on exchange and I know its cliché but the best part of exchange for me was the people I met and became friends with from all over the world. There was so many sightseeing highlights and places that were amazing. However one memory that stands out for me was on our free day a group of friends and I went to the beautiful Peoples Park in Chengdu city. We spent the afternoon in an old traditional tea house playing Mahjong having a great time while being immersed in the local culture.

Top tips

I would strongly recommend going on some form of exchange, it is an amazing opportunity and I am yet to meet anyone who hasn’t said exchange was an amazing experience. I am biased but would definitely recommend ‘SWUFE Global Academy’. The weather in Chengdu is very hot and humid during this time of year especially coming from winter in Australia. Most days were over 30°c and humid so definitely keep that in mind when packing. My biggest tip would be to try and experience as much of the local culture as possible. I was fortunate enough to become really good friends with my local chinese buddy. She was amazing in showing me around Chengdu from a local perspective so I would recommend trying to become friends with the local students as well. Finally, if you tell any Chinese person that you are going to Chengdu I guarantee the first thing they will say is ‘do you like spicy food?’. Chengdu is renowned for some of the spiciest food in the world and it’s for a good reason.