Photos from Hayley's study experience in the Netherlands
As part of my Global Studies degree, I spent a semester abroad in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I chose to study in Amsterdam because the subjects offered at VU University appealed to me and because the city is such a culturally diverse place. I knew that the city would both challenge me and offer me a new perspective on culture.
The best part of my overseas study experience was definitely the friendships I formed. The sites of Europe are spectacular and the history is something you can’t comprehend as you realise how little you know about the world and its heritage. However, it’s the people you share these mesmerising experiences with that make the trip worthwhile and unforgettable. One particular highlight was when a group of us hired a boat and cruised around the canals of Amsterdam. Half way our motor ceased to work and we were stuck in the blistering cold but we had each other’s company and it was definitely an experience to remember.
I highly recommend studying abroad to every student. You become so much more self-aware and it makes you realise that there is so much out there to learn and experience. My tips for anyone about to embark on exchange is to always keep an open mind and to take the most of opportunities presented to you. It’s also a good idea to plan ahead as much as possible as it will save you money and will preserve your time. One thing I have definitely learned from travelling is that the more you travel, the more you learn and the more you realise how little you actually know.
I originally chose to study at ACU because of its strong commitment to community engagement and ethical practice. I liked the law course because of its small class intake and because it incorporated a strong practical component with the pro bono requirement.
My career aspirations after completing my studies at ACU is to work in the field of human rights law or work in public policy.