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Studying overseas

Thursday, 24 May 2012

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Belinda Sherry has always dreamed of living in Europe. Her other big dream is to complete her Bachelor of Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations degree.

When the opportunity arose to go on a student exchange and fulfil both, Belinda didn’t hesitate.

“I thought studying overseas would be a great way to meet people from all over the world, travel and just have an overall wonderful experience,” Belinda said.

She chose the University of Malta for the units they offered, the subtropical weather and the chance to live on a Mediterranean island.

“It it warm here all year long and every course in the whole university is taught in English, which made it easy to match up classes with my units at ECU,” she said

ECU has overseas exchange agreements with 90 institutions in 35 countries, giving students the opportunity to study overseas for a semester or a year while gaining credit towards their degree.

Located about 80 kilometres south of the Italian island of Sicily, Malta has a culture that draws heavily from its surrounding countries.

“I love how everything is so relaxed. People don’t really live life by the clock. Places open later then close for a siesta in the middle of the day.”

The University of Malta also organises extra classes during the siesta time, which gives students the opportunity to take fun, casual classes such as drama, music, Zumba or basic language courses.

Belinda studied German and Italian, as well as digital sound and audio engineering.

“This has been something I have been interested in for years now but never really had the chance to do in Perth,” she said.

“Now I have done three classes in this area and have been lucky enough to also do work experience at one of the best recording studios in Malta.”

Although the classes are a lot smaller in size, Belinda has found the adjustment to a European culture to be full of surprises.

“I think the thing that surprised me the most is how I have changed and adapted to the different lifestyle. I’ve also been so lucky to do quite a lot of travelling on the low-budget European airlines” she said.

“To anyone thinking about going on exchange, take every opportunity. You can sleep when you get back to Perth!”

Students interested in more information about the University of Malta, or studying overseas, can attend the next Information Session on Wednesday, 6 June from 12:30-1pm (JO 4.238 / ML 3.109) or visit the ECU International website.

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