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Law Guy/Law Girl: Exchange Edition

Law Guy: Roger Rouault

20 Law Guy Roger

Where are you living for the duration of your exchange?

I’m living in the Netherlands in a city called Tilburg.

I know you are only a month or so into your stay, but what is it really like?  Anything you miss from home?

I never thought I’d say this, but there is actually even more partying and drinking here than with law at home! One Dutch event is called the Wiki ‘beer cantus’. Other than that, a lot of the Dutch stereotypes are holding up pretty well; all of them are tall (it’s horrible) and there are lots and lots of bikes. I really missed being in Edmonton for the annual law slow pitch tournament, especially since Tortal Combat finally won after losing in the finals 2 years in a row. Were there really no semi-finals though? Just doesn’t seem right.

What has been the best or most unusual food you have eaten so far?

The best food I’ve had is a tough one. There’s been a lot of cultural dinners with other exchange students who’ve made Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, German, French and Thai food which have all been great. The most unusual food was probably from the Swedish crayfish party. After the crayfish are cooked, you get them cold. Then you are supposed to suck the juices off of them before ripping them apart to eat the meat inside. It also involved drinking a lot of Schnapps.

Will you be travelling to any other countries during your exchange, and if so which ones?

For sure. I’ve already been to Germany and Belgium and will likely be going to France, the Czech Republic, Denmark and probably a few other countries over the next few months.

What made you decide to apply to go on exchange?

It was my plan since the start of law to go on exchange. I spent a semester in Italy during my Bachelor of Arts degree and it was a blast. It also seemed to make sense to take advantage of the time I’d be spending at university anyway to do some traveling.

Is there anything you think future students should know if they are thinking about doing a semester abroad?

Make sure to start looking a while in advance, most of the deadlines for applications are in January or earlier. I’d also really recommend going to a non-English speaking country where the classes are in English. Needless to say, you have a pretty big edge when you’re the only person in class who is using their native language.

 

 

Law Girl: Kelly Thompson

20 Law Girl Kelly

Where are you living for the duration of your exchange?

I am studying at the University of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark.  I live in a residence called Signalhuset, about a 25 minute bike ride from the law school.  My residence is an apartment-style residence with 4 people (one from Germany, Finland, Denmark and me) sharing 2 bathrooms and one kitchen.

I know you are only a month or so into your stay, but what is it really like?  Anything you miss from home?

I definitely miss all my friends and family from home, and my bed.  But it has been amazing so far.  Copenhagen is a great city to live in.  I got a bike so I feel like a true Copenhagener biking around the city with everyone else.  The University of Copenhagen Law School has a ton of exchange students (over 100!) so I have met lots of new friends and there is always something going on to join in.

What has been the best or most unusual food you have eaten so far?

The most unusual thing I have eaten so far would probably be currywurst at Oktoberfest.  And the best thing would probably be any brunch I have had – the Danish know how to do brunch!

Will you be travelling to any other countries during your exchange, and if so which ones?

I sure will be, that is one of the wonders of living in Europe.  I am writing this article from a train on my way to Germany.  I have travelled to London and Sweden so far, with plans to travel to Russia, northern Norway (to see the northern lights) and maybe Barcelona/Paris/Amsterdam….who knows!  I am thinking I may go back to Sweden at some point because it is wonderful!

What made you decide to apply to go on exchange?

I have always loved to travel and so I applied for exchange on a bit of a whim, but when I found out I had a spot, I wanted to take it. I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to see the world and make some new friends while studying.  And so far I have been able to do all of these things.

Is there anything you think future students should know if they are thinking about doing a semester abroad?

Do it! Do it! Do it! It is the most amazing experience you can imagine.  I had second thoughts before coming here but I am glad I did not give into them.  Feeling a little bit nervous is definitely normal but that will go away the second you get here.  One of the most helpful things I found was chatting with a girl who went to the University of Copenhagen last year –  she was able to tell me what the experience was like.  If you can find someone like that to answer your questions, take advantage of them.  But my main advice is go!