2011 Spring Exchange in University of Leicester, England
By: Guangjia Xu
There are a ton of good reasons for students to go on an Exchange. However, you will never know how wonderful it will be until you actually go to a foreign country, attend a school that you know nothing about, and meet new classmates and professors with different accents.
I am currently on my exchange at University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. UK is a good place not only for education but also for travel. Since the town I reside in is in the middle of the UK, I have travelled to different cities such as London, Newcastle, and Edinburgh by train. I am also planning on visiting more places during the Easter vacation in April. I am taking three Sociology courses as my electives and studies in the UK are slightly different than from Canada’s. With the classes I am taking, I would say the workload here is less intensive and students have more time flexibility for self-studying instead of numerous quizzes, assignments, and midterms. One thing that I need to mention is that people here are very nice and enjoy socializing. You will have so much fun hanging out with English people.
I strongly recommend any of you in SFU should not miss such a great opportunity. Studies are just part of your lives as students. More importantly, the cultural experiences you gain will definitely benefit you for the rest of your lives.