Charlotte-Ellen studied for a year abroad at the University of Adelaide in Australia as part of her MSci degree.
My International Year
I studied at the University of Adelaide in Australia. My international year allowed me to take modules in the geology department as well as in the Petroleum School, which really widened my knowledge base and has been critical for helping me break into the petroleum industry. The first semester I spent in student accommodation (halls), and in my second semester I became an au pair so lived with an Australian family, which was fantastic.
I was able to carry out my dissertation (mapping project) in New Zealand and spent two weeks there in total. It was an amazing experience. I also did a tour of central Australia, Kangaroo Island and the east coast of Australia.
“Studying abroad is so much more than what it says on the tin; it’s about integration, mental attitude, strength, change, self belief and finding out what makes you happy.”
I learnt to play Australian Rules Football which I have continued in the UK. Learning to play the sport helped me integrate with other Australians. I now play Australian Rules Football internationally representing England in the Euro Cup and more recently in Paris. I also hold a committee position on the AFL England board. Playing for England has allowed me to meet so many amazing people and continue travelling whilst playing the sport I love. None of this would have happened if I hadn’t studied abroad.
Studying abroad is so much more than what it says on the tin; it’s about integration, mental attitude, strength, change, self belief and finding out what makes you happy. I will continue to reap the social and academic rewards of my international year for a long time.
Top tips for students thinking of coming to Birmingham and studying abroad
- Play a sport or join a club to integrate with the locals
- Take every opportunity you can