Alister - Technical University of Denmark

Bachelor of Engineering
Semester 1, 2018
To see how other people in a different society go about life was extremely valuable and is something that I don't think could be achieved through normal travel.

Academic experience

I studied similar courses to my classes at home; Model Analysis, Process Control and Wastewater which were credited towards my 4th year Chemical Engineering courses and these were supplemented by electives to achieve a full time load. I enjoyed experiencing an academic system that placed much less emphasis on lots of homework, but instead understanding and producing one or two quality assignments by the end. I had difficulty with oral exams as this is something that is not done at UQ. You should expect to adapt to the different expectations and I mostly achieved this through talking with the Danes who have experienced this style of assessment throughout their schooling.

Personal experience

The biggest change I found after exchange was how my outlook on life and the expansion of my worldview had evolved. To see how other people in a different society go about life was extremely valuable and is something that I don't think could be achieved through normal travel. Not to say I didn't get to be a tourist and enjoy it! The workload at DTU was less than UQ and this allowed me and most of the other students the opportunity to travel throughout Europe during the semester. The freedom of being able to frequently undertake trips while studying was amazing; partying in Berlin one weekend, returning to Copenhagen for a few days for classes and then going skiing in Oslo was an unforgettable experience.

Accommodation

I lived on campus - DTU has a number of student accommodations throughout the city and so I would recommend to indicate preference for on campus accommodation as some of the others are annoying to travel both to the university and into Copenhagen. Do this through the university.

Costs

I spent $4500 on 6 months of rent and about $6000 on everything including food, drink, clothes and travel throughout the semester. I did not live necessarily frugally - I think you could halve this figure if you ate wisely and did not travel as much.

Professional Development

The biggest thing I think I have developed is the ability to coordinate projects with people that have a different background and speak English as a second language.

Highlight

In addition to the best experience of getting to know people from all over the world, personal highlights included seeing the northern lights on a trip with the student network to northern Sweden and solo travelling around the Swiss Alps after the semester had finished.

Top tips

If you can, try and do it in second year or the start of third year. I missed out on these times and it was very difficult to arrange classes for me to get to DTU in my fourth year.