Study abroad from home

Cosimo Barbieri did his PhD research at the ZHAW School of Engineering. But due to the covid pandemic he did his studies virtually. In this interview he tells us of his experience.

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Get as far away from your own culture as possible

My name is Ken Geeler and I major in Management Engineering at Zurich University of Applied Sciences. My favorite activities include making music, hiking, and traveling. While I had to leave the first one for the exchange, the latter two were not neglected during the semester abroad. But more about that later.

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It was an easy decision for me

My Name is Pascal D’Andrea and I am studying Mechanical Engineering at the ZHAW School of Engineering in Winterthur. I spent my 4th semester at the Aarhus University in Denmark as an exchange Student. Since I really enjoy meeting new people it was a great opportunity for me to participate in an exchange semester. Nowadays it is important to be able to work and communicate with people from all around the world. Therefore, I decided to apply for a semester abroad not only to have a great time and meet new people but also to enhance my ability to work with international people and improve my English.

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The ideal opportunity to get to know this part of Europe

My name is Linda Eggenberger, I am from Switzerland and currently studying at the ZHAW School of Engineering for my Bachelor’s degree of science in Aviation. I am a passionate gymnast and love to travel and explore new cultures, especially the northern part of Europe.

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“I haven’t spent a single weekend at home”

When I started my search for a cool and challenging internship about a year ago, most companies I approached either cancelled their vacancies due to Covid‐19 or stopped sending out internships offers at all. One of the few countries where companies were still hiring was Switzerland. Luckily, the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) was still looking for interns to help with their projects.

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Learn to fly on your own

My name is Choi Serena Kai Xin. I am currently a student in the programme, Aviation Engineering in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I am an energetic person who likes playing table tennis very much. Also, I am a reliable person, my friends always see me as a good listener and a good teammate. Imagine thousands of airplanes that are made up of small gears and machines are flying in the sky, that makes me feel excited and amazed. I am a very inquisitive person and this surely appeals me and also arouses my interests in Aerospace Engineering.

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“It was the first time I saw snow in my life”

Last winter Man Ho Chong came from Hong Kong to Winterthur for a semester in Aviation. A big plus of studying in Switzerland? The snow!

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“This was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

Raphael Emberger spent a semester in Nagaoka. Here he recalls his experiences in the land of the rising sun.

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Studying abroad means studying life

My name is Banthita Ritbandhit and I am a senior student at Thammasat University from Thailand. During this exchange at the ZHAW School of Engineering, my field of study was Information and Communication Technologies because that is also the major I study in my hometown.

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Making ZHAW research internationally known

Two energy researchers from the ZHAW School of Engineering travelled to China and New Zealand at the end of November. The purpose of the trip was to present their research activities at several conferences and to get to know the Chinese Tianjin University better. More could soon come out of the newly established relationship.

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