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Study Abroad - Lottie Hardwick

Name: Lottie Hardwick

Degree: International Business Management

Location:Sandwich Year First Semester at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) and Second Semester at Universitat Ramon Llull (IQS Barcelona)

Why did you decide to do study abroad?

Primarily, I chose to study abroad as a result of my curiosity and passion for travelling; as well as my future career aspirations that involve working on a global scale. I knew that studying, and therefore living abroad would enable me to fully immerse myself into multiple foreign environments and cultures. This aspect was a very important factor in my decision.

Why did you decide to go to the university you went to?

For my first semester, I chose SKKU in Seoul, South Korea; and for my second semester I chose IQS in Barcelona. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to spend one semester in a modern and dynamic Asian city; for me Seoul was the perfect place. In particular, SKKU is a highly prestigious and prosperous university, not only in Korea but on an international level.

My decision to study at IQS for my second semester, was not only based on my love for Barcelona (who doesn’t love Barca), but also because of the high level of accreditation that this particular university has. IQS is ranked amongst the top business schools worldwide; which meant that I saw it as a great opportunity for academic development.

What was your stand out moment during study abroad?

Having completed my first semester in Seoul; it is almost impossible for me to pick a stand out moment. From exploring world’s most underrated city (in my opinion), to adopting local ways of Korean BBQ and soju drinking, as well as taking weekend trips to destinations such as Tokyo and Hong Kong; I can be sure to say that my four in months at SKKU will be difficult to top.

As I am writing this, I have been living in Barcelona and studying at IQS for just over one month; and what a month it has been. I have enjoyed the contrast from my previous semester and adapting to the Spanish way of life as well as the huge Erasmus culture that is present here. I am excited to see what the rest of the semester has in store; particularly when the warmer weather starts to make an appearance!

Was it expensive to study abroad?

In my experience; I have found the cost of studying abroad to be dependent on the chosen location; but with the help from travel reimbursements and the Erasmus grant (Europe only); it is definitely affordable.

Why do you think this will help you in your future studies at Northumbria and future career?

I believe that my study abroad experience has given me international experience that will be beneficial for both my further studies and career. My time away has deepened my understanding of adapting to foreign cultures and international business practices; both of which are vital for my future aspirations.

If you could offer some advice to students thinking of going on study abroad what would you say?

Step out of your comfort zone, take the opportunity and enjoy it! Just be prepared for your friends and family to get fed up of you when you arrive home, and every conversation involves ‘when I was in…we did this’!

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