Meet MILSA autumn semester 2017/2018 mentees:
I am a biology student from the University of Bern. During the fall semester of 2017, I am studying at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. For this 5th semester, I set the goal to see what the lectures and university, but also the student’s life in general is like in another country. I chose Uppsala as my destination because of its reputation of being a very student-oriented city, as well as the interesting offer of courses for biologists with a lot of practical experience included. Being outside in Swedish nature with the course is as fascinating as it can get!
Additionally participating in the MILSA program helps me reflect on the situation I am in to a further extent and to benefit from the contacts I am able to build up from all over the world with other international students.
During the first semester of the academic year 2017/2018, I am visiting the Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven in Flanders, Belgium. Against the background of my Master’s program in business administration at the University of Bern, I am using my semester in Leuven to expand on my knowledge in topics with which I got in touch with during the development of my Master’s thesis.
I am participating in the MILSA mentoring program because I would like to become aware of my own cultural roots while discovering foreign values, norms and traditions. Moreover, I would like to learn how I can embrace cultural differences, gain productive insights out of them and thus further develop my intercultural competence.
For the third semester of my Master’s program in Public Management & Policy at the University of Bern, I decided not to go to one of the partner universities in another Swiss Canton, but to head to the „large Canton“ in the North instead – to the city of Potsdam in Germany. Potsdam was not only attractive to me because of its lovely parks and castles and its proximity to the vibrant city of Berlin, but also because it is home to a very renowned university in my field. My personal goal for the current semester abroad is to benefit the most from the excellent academic environment while broadening my horizon by living in another European country and meeting fellow students from all over the world. Hopefully, participating in the MILSA mentoring program will help me complete my goal by actively reflecting on the intercultural experiences I make in Germany. Moreover, through the exchange with other students from my home university and our mentor, we get valuable guidance and can share common experiences in order to deepen our intercultural knowledge.
Meet MILSA spring semester 2017 mentees:
In spring semester 2017, I will be studying at Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The main objective of my stay is to improve my English language skills. This especially includes academic writing but also everyday English.
I decided to participate in the MILSA mentoring program for being able to reflect in a self-critical and conscious way on my intercultural learning process during my stay abroad. Participating in the program allows me to share my intercultural learning experiences with peers and helps me hopefully to raise awareness for cultural practices.
I’m 23, originally from Lugano, living in Bern and studying Psychology. I’ll go to Bielefeld (Germany) in Erasmus for my last semester of the master.
I decided to go abroad, because I wanted to explore new places, meet new people, improve my language skills and see how psychology can be learned in a different country.
I joined the MILSA program, because I would like to write and talk about my experiences abroad, to share them with other people, so that my memories will be better reflected, consolidated. I am also looking forward to hear about others’ experiences, mainly of the ones who went a little further than me, in a culturally more different country.
My name is Sarah and for such a long time it has been my dream to go abroad for an exchange semester to Italy. One out of a huge amount of reasons to go abroad and especially to choose Italy is because I am fascinated by the Italian language, which I studied for 5 years at high school, the people and their mentality. Furthermore, I would love to experience the Italian culture at close quarters and learn how the students and also the people of Bologna live their lives.
When I heard about the exchange program MILSA I immediately decided to take part. I think it is a huge advantage that there will be other students taking part at the MILSA program like me. I am glad to know that I will not be alone when facing the challenges of studiyng abroad. The chance to stay in touch with the other students and to share our exchange experiences will be very valuable to me.
I am very excited about my exchange and I am looking forward to meeting interesting new people, making unforgettable experiences and also to seeing a new university, in my case the University of Bologna.
I am studying computer science and sport science. For one term I have been to Exeter, England for a student exchange. What I really liked a lot was the campus life which we do not have in this way at home in Bern. Because most of the students either live on the campus itself or together in university owned accommodation, I have been all around students in my age all the time. Furthermore, in my block there were only exchange students. So I really had a great time meeting new people from all over the world. It was very interesting to cook the food from our home countries for each other and to hear how different life is in the countries the other students come from.
Meet some of the MILSA autumn semester 2016/2017 mentees:
I am studying at the Aix-Marseille Université in the autumn semester 2016. My aim is to improve my French language skills and to actively use them in daily life and in an academic environment.
Furthermore I want to reflect on my experiences abroad and my own role. I hope the MILSA mentoring program will support me in my intercultural learning process during my study abroad. Afterwards I want to reflect on my study abroad and go beyond "it was great" when talking about it.
Hi, my name is Marc and I am studying Biology in Bern. This autumn I will do an exchange semester. I am going to Mexico City to the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
When I first heard of the exchange program I knew that I wanted to do this. Last autumn I started to inform myself about the program. Because I am learning Spanish at the moment and the best way to really make progress in learning a language is go to the country where they speak it, I decided to search for a partner university of Bern in a Spanish-speaking place. I have been in Latin America before and I really liked my experience with people there and I think Mexico is a very interesting place to go, I decided to go there.
For me this exchange is a big opportunity to get to know another culture, to see a different university and to have the chance to work on my Spanish.
After I got accepted by the university in Mexico I heard about the MILSA mentoring program. I am participating in the program because I want to participate in the program is because I can improve my English writing skills and the confirmation of participation I will get at the end will look good on my curriculum vitae.
I am doing my exchange semester in Valencia, Spain. I have always known that someday I will participate in the SEMP Program, as I am keen to discover new places and cultures. I hope I can benefit from teaching methods in Spain and opportunities offered by University of Valencia in my field- Business Administration. Going abroad means to me getting to know new people and experience the unknown. I decided to participate in the MILSA Program because it allows me to share my experiences with my peers and receive support each other in everyday difficulties - all for a good reason: intercultural and international learning!
For my SEMP/ Erasmus I’ll head to Lisbon. There are multiple reasons why I applied for this specific city. Firstly, I’d like to expand the Portuguese language skills I already have. Secondly, I find Portuguese culture with its very distinct history and roots particularly interesting. Last but not least it’s quite a sunny spot in Europe (both concerning climate and people). To participate simultaneously in the mentoring program MILSA is the cherry on top. Staying in constant discourse with fellow students and mentor, allows to approach the new environment in the most reflected manner possible. All in all, it’s a great opportunity to rethink personal attitudes and an excellent tool for further activities in international contexts.
I hope I can improve my Spanish skills this autumn semester at the Universitat de València. Of course I’m also interested in the culture of this region and would like to meet new people. The MILSA-Mentoring seems like a perfect assistance for getting to know new cultures. It’s important that we understand and respect them and not just know about the differences. I’m really looking forward to exploring the soul of Valencia and I’m sure I will be able to tell a lot of amusing stories after my stay in Spain.
I have wanted to do an exchange semester in Sydney from the beginning of my studies because it is a stunning location situated in the heart of Australia’s global center. I am convinced that studying abroad will strongly benefit me in terms of personal, academic and professional development. I want to gather cultural and international experience and further my organizational skills. I am sure that the study program at UTS will be a unique educational experience and academically enriching. Professionally, it is evident that international experience is an extremely valuable asset. My motivation for participating in the mentoring program is to reflect more self-critically and considerately on my personal role and experiences with intercultural situations. Furthermore, I want to learn to talk about this experience in view of future professional interviews.
Within my Political Science Masters Program, I will be studying at Stellenbosch University in South Africa for one semester. This is my second exchange and I chose South Africa to get a Non-European perspective on foreign affairs and international relations, as well as a new cultural experience.
I am participating in the MILSA mentoring program because I want to make the most out of the intercultural encounters during my stay abroad and the program's modules set my course and provide guidance.