I have now been living in Bern for six weeks, and have experienced all the ups and downs of an exchange student – I think. Downs: It’s cold, I don’t speak the language and I miss my friends and my family. Ups: the city is truly magnificent (it has been voted the most instagrammable city in the world), I am constantly making new friends from all over the world and Europe is right at my fingertips. Ups (cnt’d): I live in Switzerland!!! The centre of Europe and have had some beyond amazing trips in the short time I have been here. I will admit the first two weeks were a total blur of jetlag, getting lost and being a bit lonely and homesick. But I quickly found my feet and now feel totally comfortable here.
The University of Bern is seriously amazing. All my subjects are taught in English, they are super interesting and I am learning things that I had never even thought about before, particularly about law and trade in the European Union. Bern itself is quite small, only 130,000 people live here but it is a World Heritage UNESCO site and it definitely deserves that honour – it is beautiful. I live in student accommodation, which is great because there is always something going on and other exchange students around who are in the same boat as me – here to make some amazing friends, have amazing experiences and do a little study in between.
So far, I have been skiing in the Swiss Alps (you cant live in Switzerland and not ski!), to London for a weekend, skiing again, to an ice hockey game, to a Swiss Chocolate factory, to Edinburgh for St Patrick’s Day and that is all in the space of about six weeks. Can we just read that sentence again?! I have joined the gym and am imitating my way through Spin classes and Pilates classes taught in German and I am cooking and sharing food with people of so many different backgrounds. Six weeks has disappeared, so no doubt six months will do just the same – my priority now is to travel and experience as much in as possible to make the most of this amazing opportunity. Switzerland, although super expensive, is a truly stunning country and being quite small it means that so many beautiful cities, landscapes, mountains and activities are right at my doorstep.
Bachelor of Law
University of Bern