Name: Gautam Girithananda
Degree: BSc Accounting and Financial Management
When: Third year
Gautam decided to study abroad for the year at the University of Graz as he had never visited Austria before and wanted to experience a completely new culture. Compared to Loughborough, Gautam found that his social life was a lot more relaxed, which he enjoyed, mainly revolving around going out for a meal a few times a week.
Gautam took the opportunity to develop his presentation skills, a valuable employability skill, by taking a module called basics of scientific research, moderation and presentation, which was out of his comfort zone but very important to his personal development.
‘I have experienced life in a new city, new university and embraced a new culture. I have also made lifelong friends from across the globe who I plan to visit soon.’
‘It was incredible to experience a new country and culture and to meet people and make friends from all over the world. I would truly recommend this experience to everyone as I have learnt a lot about myself and become a much more independent person.’
‘I can honestly say it has been the best year of my life! Studying abroad is a truly fantastic opportunity.’
Tips for future exchange students:
‘Practical business planning was my favourite course during my first semester.’
‘Modules could be assessed by active participation, reading, coursework, exams and presentations.’
Graz is ideally located in Europe so travel as much as you can but also make sure you explore Graz as well – Gautam has an interest in classical music and attended the opera and various classical concerts.
Gautam managed to visit Dubrovnik, Salzburg, Munich, Linz, Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Montenegro, Hallstatt and Berchtesgaden.
‘The website ‘ThirdYearAbroad’ was very helpful when preparing. It is totally dedicated to students who decide to undertake this opportunity.’