View Full Version : Exchange for a Semester to Europe! Help, Europeans

Jan 28th, 2011, 11:36 PM
Hey all you europeans, so most of my knowledge of your countries come from things I've picked up from you guys about where you're from. Now, I'm applying for exchange and the application is due in a few hours!
I've been looking at Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Scotland, England and maybe other Scandinavian countries?
Lund UNiversity in Sweden looks great. But other than that, I have no ideas. And all the information I'm getting is from their own websites, which are obviously biased. Are there any awesome universities in northern/somewhat english-speaking europe that aren't so obvious to a foreigner? What universities are really fun/in beautiful areas? Where do you all go?
Thanks friends, love you all.

Jan 28th, 2011, 11:37 PM
Also, I'm a white gay (not necessarily have to be open) male coming from Canada, if that plays any factor, and I do speak decent french.

Chris 84
Jan 28th, 2011, 11:39 PM
i went to glasgow uni and it was great. it is also one of the oldest unis in the world and is set in a nice campus. glasgow is fairly gay-friendly and laid-back as well.

however, depends what you want really. if you like the look of the swedish place, then go for it.

Jan 28th, 2011, 11:46 PM
Glasgow does look really nice. Hmm, definitely an option. What about Copenhagen? Anyone know anything about the city/school?

Jan 29th, 2011, 12:13 AM
I'm in France doing the same thing right now Stevie.

I can't help you much with anglo schools, but I am totally pushing you to do it. Great way to see the world and learn a lot of about yourself.

On that note, the 'I don't necessary have to be out' comment made me cringe and laugh at the same time.

I don't know many people who ended up going to school in Scandinaviam even though many were interested. With the way their educational system works, it might create issues.

Edimburg is supposedly a great city to study in, few friends I know are there for grad school and totally love it.

Hope I can help, if u have questions, for old times sake, dont be shy to pm me :D

Jan 29th, 2011, 12:18 AM
Why all the cold places? :lol:

Aberdeen has a couple of great universities (Aberdeen and Robert Gordon) and is from what I hear a cool place to live.

Jan 29th, 2011, 12:21 AM
I did hear good things about Aberdeen.

Important point too, what are you studying in? Can't do any harm to go out to a university well-known in your subject. Might make the choice easier between few options :)

Jan 29th, 2011, 12:25 AM
My roommate did one in the Netherlands. Maastricht I believe. This was about 4 years ago. I still hear about it at least two to three times a week, thats how much they enjoyed it. :lol: I know a bunch of people who did theirs in the Netherlands and loved it, never heard a bad thing, and also its in a good location to get all around Europe. Im sure you'd have a good experience anywhere though. Good luck!

Randy H
Jan 29th, 2011, 12:43 AM
Go with UK or Netherlands :)

Jan 29th, 2011, 09:49 AM
Glasgow does look really nice. Hmm, definitely an option. What about Copenhagen? Anyone know anything about the city/school?

My sister attends Copenhagen University. A lot of Swedes and Norwegians are studying there instead of in their own countries - the same doesn't apply the other way around. Lund is actually really close to Copenhagen, some of my sisters' friends from uni live there. The university is one of the best in mainland Europe and it's great socially as well.

Anyway, Copenhagen is a great city. Here is a lot to do if you like culture and we have a great (gay as well, if necessary) nightlife too. People here are friendly and good at English so the language wouldn't be a problem. I would really recommend Copenhagen University :p

Jan 29th, 2011, 09:57 AM
What's your major?
I study in Tartu University, it's one of the best and oldest in the region. The town is also great, about one fourth (!) of the population are students so the atmosphere is really fun.

Feb 2nd, 2011, 02:23 AM
I spent 2 months in the Complutense university - Madrid - one of the top universities in the world, and it was an amazing experience.

I'm spending this summer in the University of Cardiff, in Wales, reknown for their Business program.

Also, I've been recommended Aarhus university, and I might do that next year. (denmark)

I also went to boarding school in Geneve for a couple of years.

Im gay, and well europe is very open so that shouldn't be an issue.

Feb 2nd, 2011, 04:04 AM
Steve, pick a place and culture that interests you. How do I put this positively? Study abroad, especially for one semester, is less about the classes and the academic experience, and a lot more about travel, socializing, parties, and experiencing life. I was extremely focused on academics during college, but I still found that my 8 months in Germany were not academically challenging. The professors have lower expectations for the foreigners and it seemed like most Erasmus students were getting their degrees in partying.

Only you will know what's best for you, but go somewhere for the city, culture, people, food, etc., not for the classes, would be my only advice.

My other strictly personal opinion is that the UK is not interesting. The food isn't good. The underlying culture is Anglophone just like your part of Canada. It just won't be as foreign and challenging and adventurous as a place that's not Anglo. Paris is an amazing city. Vienna too. Amsterdam too. The guys in all those places are waaaay hotter than in the UK. :lol: If you want to enjoy gay life, go to a big city. I was in a city of 150,000 for my 8 months in Germany. There were no gay bars or clubs. One of the few ways to meet guys was the Internet, which is not ideal.

But, yeah, go where you want and where you feel the experience will be magical. Good luck!!!