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!

My name is Man Ho Chong. I am a year 2 student studying Aviation Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) from Hong Kong. During the exchange semester at ZHAW School of Engineering, it was really enjoyable and delighting. Before the start of school, I visited some historic sites in Zurich, such as Lindenhof, Limmat, Fraumünster, etc. The views are very beautiful in Switzerland.

At the Limmat in Zurich.

I know that ZHAW School of Engineering is the only University providing an Aviation study programme among the various universities in Switzerland. I learned a lot of in-depth aviation knowledge throughout studying the courses at ZHAW School of Engineering. In my home university, I am studying Aviation Engineering, thus, I choose the relevance programme to study as well. The lecturers were very helpful and nice. They are very happy and welcome to answer our questions. Also, the lessons are interactive and not boring.

When I first come to an unfamiliar environment, I am a bit worried about myself cannot meet new friends in a new place. Fortunately, I met some new friends on the Welcome Day and at the live Camp AXA as well. Hence, we always cooked and enjoyed the meals together. The library in ZHAW is separate in the other campus so, you need to walk around 15 minutes from School of Engineering to the library. However, the library of my home school is inside the campus. The same thing is that both have a huge classroom to attend the classes.

In the front of the Technikum of the ZHAW School of Engineering.

The most memorable experience is that I sould see it snowing in Switzerland, which is very amazing. Roads and buildings are covered by the white snow. It was the first time I saw snowing in my life. Besides, I have met different friends from different countries. I got to know know others’ stories while chatting. And this made my exchange semester more interesting. Also, I could improve my English skills by talking with my friends. I think my English level is now better than before.

The exchange semester was a wonderful experience in my life so far. It was the first time that I came to Europe. Travelling around Switzerland, I found that Switzerland has many beautiful views and buildings. You can broaden your horizons while travelling. I will highly recommend ZHAW for an exchange semester to my schoolmate. It will give you an unforgettable experience in your university life. ‘Work hard, play hard’. Go to enjoy the exchange semester.

Although I stayed in Switzerland only for about one and a half months, the time is unforgettable for me. I am looking forward coming to Switzerland in the coming year again. I cannot wait for this chance in the future.