Since returning from a semester exchange to Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences in Reutlingen, Germany, Brett Ereckson feels he’s gained a new, global, perspective.
“I definitely look at the world differently,” he says. “I had a chance to network with people from different cultures, and I also saw how New Zealand is perceived overseas. People don’t know a lot about us – but what they do is all good!”
Brett, who is currently studying toward a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (specialising in Mechatronics), found his exchange in Reutlingen highly valuable. “My time in Germany provided me with cultural and social benefits that will translate well to my career possibilities in the future.”
During his exchange, Brett learned the basics of German – although communication was never an issue as everyone he met there spoke perfect English.
He enjoyed the global environment in Reutlingen, where he was one of hundreds of international students. “I made friends with people all over the world,” Brett says. “It’s made me be able to communicate with other cultures better – and it’s also broadened my horizons. When you meet such an international group, and you talk about your country and culture, you receive a rare view of what a country is really like. It’s a point of view you don’t get in the News.”
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