William - Imperial College London

B Engineering
Semester 1, 2015

Academic Experiences

The University of Queensland's Exchange program allowed me to have the opportunity to attend Imperial College London, a leading university internationally.  There I attended their third year of their four year Masters of Engineering Course.
Whilst on exchange, I was exposed to a different pedagogy and engineering culture.  This framework helped me to develop new skills, whilst also giving me the chance to broaden my perspective, acquire new experiences and develop an international network of connections.
Imperial College London was full of world-class lecturers and researchers leading their respective fields and whilst on exchange I was able to learn from them.  Their teaching style fosters an environment of student independence, this is balanced with group work allowing students to develop a full repertoire of transferable skills.

Personal Experiences

Leaving to go to London for a year without knowing anyone else at my exchange university was at first daunting. However, the culture of Imperial made it particularly easy to make friends. 
I was placed in an environment which fosters interdependence where one can quickly brush up on their inter-personal skills and easily build a support network. 
Whilst there I made wonderful friends whom I am indebted to.  They were from different corners of the globe, bringing different perspectives and experiences with them. They guided me and taught me more than I could imagine whilst adding to my time at Imperial.


I lived for a year in Imperial College’s self-catered halls across from the main South Kensington Imperial Campus right in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea which is just south of Hyde park and a short bus ride away from central London. 
Day to day life was amongst a vibrant student culture whilst also being located near a cultural hub of the world.
Living in Imperial Halls also exposed me to many students I would not have otherwise met, all studying the variety of STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine) subjects that Imperial offers.

Academic Development and Employability 

This experience has grown my network and created opportunities which have broadened my horizons.  Through fostering a culture of global citizenship, the UQ abroad program encourages students to grow. 
On exchange I was given an opportunity to cement my professional aspirations and also enjoy student life in Europe.  Imperial College being one of the premier engineering colleges in the world enriched my knowledge by complementing the competencies learnt at the University of Queensland.


Whilst at Imperial College London I was able to explore the global hub of London and greater Europe. Whilst in Europe I was able to travel to Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Germany, France, Romania, Spain and Wales. One of the many advantages of being in Europe is that there is a thriving cultural world.  I was a member of the V&A, Tate, ICA and RA which allowed me to follow my passion for art. 
I also travelled to Paris to the Pompidou centre to see a retrospective of Jeff Koons’ in the Louvre and also to the Palais de Tokyo, Grande Palais and the Musee d’art Moderne. 
I was able to visit the Venice Architecture Biennale, Bilbao Guggenheim museum and Mies Van Der Rohe Award finalists Lecture series in Barcelona. 
In Germany I travelled to see an opera, Pelléas et Mélisande staged by La Fura dels Baus. 
In London I saw the Frieze art fair, Art15 and the London Art fair which exhibited artists such as Julian Opie, Ben Quilty, Banksy and also masters such as Magritte, Rembrandt and Warhol. 
Through travelling by myself and in groups I have learnt the importance of interpersonal skills whilst also enjoying my time in various places.

Top Tips 

One of the greatest things about going on exchange was the ability to meet wonderful people and take opportunities I would not have been afforded by staying in Brisbane. 
For anyone considering going on exchange, take this opportunity to meet a diverse range of people and experience living in a foreign city.  There you will get the opportunity to experience cultures and follow your passions in ways you might never have expected. 
UQ Abroad’s exchange program fosters personal growth and the development of independence, inter-personal and technical skills amongst others. This all happens in cultures and locations out of people’s comfort zones and I am thankful for the opportunity.  Exchange builds many transferrable skills but most importantly many worthwhile memories.