Meet Alex Wiley, a third year Kinesiology student who is currently on exchange at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
Alex went on exchange to fulfil her love of travel. “I wanted to make the most of my university degree and learn to live in another country,” she says. “The Dutch have an amazing education system and it provided different classes for me to take, chances to meet new people, and live in a different culture.”
Although she didn’t have the smoothest transition to Groningen, Alex was able to make the most of it. There was a housing crisis in the city, which made it difficult to find accommodations. “I think going on exchange has really helped me become independent and deal with change,” she says. “Even though there was all this confusion I stuck through it.”
Going on exchange has given Alex the opportunity to learn more about herself. “When I went to university in Halifax, I already knew people,” Alex explains. “This exchange was the first time I knew absolutely no one. It allowed me to start fresh, go out of my comfort zone, and meet people.”
During Groningen’s orientation week, Alex found herself making new friends from all over the world. While on exchange, friends become people you can study and travel with. “I have had the chance to do some last minute weekend trips and they have been absolutely amazing,” Alex says.
The city of Groningen has a thriving student population with thousands of university students. Located in the most northeastern province, there are plenty of things to do and see. “The city is extremely student orientated,” she says. “Nothing ever closes!”
You can go too!
Alex’s exchange is almost over, but she recommends going to abroad to other Dalhousie students. “DO IT,” she exclaims. “It’s very nerve racking but a must. You can tailor any location to your needs and make a unique experience out of it.”
Interested in going on exchange? Come to an information session at 2pm on Tuesdays or 1pm on Fridays. Visit dal.ca/exchange for more information.