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Swinburne University

An exchange well worth the experience

In 2018 Sarah Julmy jumped at the chance to travel to Australia for a semester abroad. She came back six months later with a backpack full of experiences and memories.

What motivated you to go on an exchange semester at such a young age?

It had always been my dream to spend a semester abroad and to go to Australia. I attended the information evening at the School of Management Fribourg and when I learned that Swinburne University was a partner university, it was clear to me that that was where I wanted to spend the 5th semester of my part-time studies. When it finally happened, a long-awaited wish came true for me. My biggest motivation was the unique opportunity to spend a semester abroad and live on the other side of the world for a period of time. I also wanted to learn about the Australian culture and to improve my English.

Do you have any advice for students planning a semester abroad?

I would advise all students who are considering a semester abroad to start planning early on. It is very important to have enough time and proceed in a well-structured manner so that nothing is forgotten. I started preparing for my adventure more than half a year before I was supposed to leave. The first thing I did was to send my request to the International Office of the School of Management Fribourg. After I received the confirmation, I applied for the student visa, took the TOEFL test, applied to Swinburne University, selected my courses, applied for a room in a student residence, booked my flights and there was still so much more to do. It is also very important to get involved with the new culture and to be open with people. I quickly felt at home and Melbourne is still like a second home to me.

Having spent a semester on the other side of the world, how has your experience helped your professional life?

I gained a lot of experience that has helped me in my private and professional life. I certainly gained a huge advantage in that I was able to improve my English and can now communicate well in a professional environment. I also approach strangers more openly and have grown more mature overall.

You have been back for almost two years now. Are you planning to go abroad again?

I often think back to my semester abroad and am incredibly grateful for this unforgettable time I had in Australia. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and if I get another opportunity like this, I will take it without any hesitation.

When it finally happened, a long-awaited wish came true for me.

Sarah Julmy

Having spent a semester on the other side of the world, how has your experience helped your professional life?

I gained a lot of experience that has helped me in my private and professional life. I certainly gained a huge advantage in that I was able to improve my English and can now communicate well in a professional environment. I also approach strangers more openly and have grown more mature overall.

You have been back for almost two years now. Are you planning to go abroad again?

I often think back to my semester abroad and am incredibly grateful for this unforgettable time I had in Australia. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and if I get another opportunity like this, I will take it without any hesitation.

Interested?

Our Bachelor has a practical focus, where participants in the business administration program are preparing for leadership positions and management roles in industry, NGOs and in the public sector. Students pursuing the Bachelor degree in Business Administration have the option of spending one semester abroad. This study period is mandatory for students on the trilingual course and optional for students on monolingual and bilingual courses.