Exchange student at Adolfo Ibáñez University
Safe and sound, I arrived in Chile (can’t really believe it!) a month ago. Now, well settled down, right after my first week of regular classes at the UAI I can share with you my most recent experiences.
A sunburn and swollen ankles were luckily the only less positive aspects of my travels to Chile. Now, I am here and living in the capital, Santiago.
It is a city of 7 million people and 37 districts, where 40% of the whole population of Chile lives. You might think that it would create a little chaos, but that is not the case. The western part of the city, where all of us - students live and which is also located closest to the university and the Andes Mountains, seems very European, with many new and beautiful skyscrapers, shopping malls, parks with sports equipment, restaurants and all you might need to have a very high quality of life. What might be a bit discouraging is that, although situated up in the mountains and with an amazing view of the whole city, it takes at least one hour to get to the UAI campus. Still, it is only the matter of finding a way to spend the travelling time efficiently and the view as well as the university facilities compensate it all!
As for the academic part, we have so far taken part in two very interesting Skill Seminars around the topics of teamwork and leadership. I have to admit these were one of the best seminars I have ever had, very practical and conducted in an attractive and engaging way. Also, the quality of the courses have by far exceeded my expectations. Looking at bios of our professors, they are top class practitioners who were educated in such institutions like Harvard University, Columbia Business School and Columbia University, people with lots of experience who really strive to motivate us and foster our self-development.
Adding to that amazing social events like concerts, karaoke nights, BBQs, pool parties, a running dinner and rafting in Cajon del Maipo we get a perfect mix, which allows me to really appreciate and enjoy my time here.
Summing up: the academic and the social program of CEMS Program at the UAI, Santiago – A+
Will the level be as high in a month? Maybe it will be even higher. This and more I will tell you in my next post :)
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