Working abroad – WIYA and External Placements – Belgium

Sheryl (Chemistry), worked in Antwerp

Photo student experience

Spending my year in Belgium was one of the best decisions I ever made! It gave me the opportunity and experiences I never imagined. I secured a placement at one of the world’s leading imaging technology companies, Agfa. I was lucky to have been involved in projects that were attractive and stimulating, and that matched my own area of interest. I got hands on training, and experienced learning by solving life problems step by step. Prepare for lots of randomness!

Being in mainland Europe means easy access to other European countries. One minute I was working and the next thing I know, it’s the weekend and I’m with friends in another country; immersed in another culture and amid picturesque surroundings. I’ve discovered the best chocolates and beers in Belgium, the best croissants and weather in France, the best sausages in Luxemburg and a lot of great people from all the over the world. And where else but in mainland Europe would you find bars that are open all night!? The “bubble” was a great stepping stone but spending a year abroad made my university degree a well rounded and incredible experience. I know I will remember my year abroad in years to come. I would do it all over again…

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