Exchange study in Ghent, Belgium [Part I]

Belgium was not my first choice

Exchange study is a precious opportunity to explore a new country as you will spend several months living in that new place. In reality, at first, I got accepted to be an exchange student for a university in the UK. Many people asked me, why the UK ? It’s very simple, I have never been there and I love hearing their accent which is really sexy in my opinion.

View of Gent from Het Belfort

Long story short, I had some issues with documents so in the end, I had to choose another place to go. It was pretty sad, but everything happens for a reason and I am glad that my second decision is even better. I paid more attention to the courses that those partners offered instead of the country itself. Since I was interested in digital marketing field, HoGent provided many courses that support my major and without hesitation, Belgium was on my list.

 

HoGent is awesome

View from my window in the winter

I had some friends studying in the Netherlands, which is next to Belgium and all of them were struggling with housing. The accommodation was quite expensive and not so many options for short-term tenants which made me really worried in the beginning. Fortunately, HoGent arranged a furnished single room for exchange students with a reasonable price so that I could enjoy my semester in Gent at its best.

 

The courses were very diverse, I can get to know about creating a website, doing basic design tasks, learning about Belgian culture and practicing marketing projects. I could work with students from many countries, understand their mindsets and deal with conflicts caused by cultural differences. Honestly, the workload for exchange students was plausible, you do not need to be under pressure all the time because HoGent wants you to enjoy Belgian beers as well 😉 Some parties were organized at school or in the dormitory to engage students from all over the world coming to Belgium to study. If you concern about anything, the student counsellor will reply your email promptly so do not hesitate to tell them your issues.

 

[To be continued]

Chi Nguyen

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