I was lucky enough to be chosen by JMC Academy to spend a trimester abroad at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries in The Netherlands. In total I spent 6 months abroad and it was the best 6 months of my life! I made so many memories and new friends from every corner of the globe that I know I will have for life.
It was an opportunity that really threw me out of my comfort zone, as I had lived at home with my parents my entire life. I loved every second. Once you have been accepted into the program you’re given the opportunity to find your own accommodation or choose a student room provided by Fontys. I boldly chose to find my own accommodation which allowed me to live with Dutch students and make even more friends.
Fontys is an amazing Academy with some many diverse courses that we don't get the opportunity to take in Australia. It has so many comfortable places to study and staff who are there to help with everything - from your visa applications to the small things like printing and submitting assignments.
The program is set up so well - from the beginning you’re assigned a Dutch student buddy who is there to answer all your questions. There are 50 exchange students from all around the world in the same classes as you, so there are plenty of people around who relate to exactly what you’re going through.
Being in the centre of Europe allowed me to easily travel around and experience different cultures. I had the absolute time of my life and if I had the opportunity to, I would do it all over again!
Applications for the 2018 Fontys Exchange are open till 28 August. Click here for more information.
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