Alexander Eastwood

My exchange was a wildly different experience of tertiary teaching, with just 20 students in my programme and a novel range of subjects from Practical Neurophysiology to Golden Age Spanish Literature.

When deciding where to study, I learnt that I could continue to study a second language through the Breadth component of the Melbourne degree, and complete a Diploma in Languages as well as a BSc. Asides from the course, I also fell in love with the campus: its atmosphere and centrality - moving from Bendigo in Regional Victoria, this was very important. I remain very grateful for the ability to swap subjects and segue between disciplines.

I was extremely fortunate to complete a semester of my BSc abroad on exchange at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. It was a wildly different experience of tertiary teaching, with just 20 students in my programme and a novel range of subjects from Practical Neurophysiology to Golden Age Spanish Literature. It was the University's 600th anniversary at the time, and tutorials were held between ruins of the Reformation the world's first golf course.

Half of the seaside town's 16,000 residents were students, 83% of whom were international students from North America, Europe and the Middle East - a vastly different composition from the student background at Melbourne. As such, it was an exciting melting pot of people and cultures, where everybody left home and lived on campus together.

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