Author: Nima Desai
Program: Bachelor of Commerce – International Business Management
Study Abroad Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
My name is Nimai Desai, currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce – International Business Management program at Seneca College. Through this program, I selected to spend a semester as an exchange student at RGU, Aberdeen, Scotland.
After arriving in Scotland through London and settling in my room, I rushed to attend international student orientation. In the orientation, I met couple students from Canada; one is from Seneca and one from Alberta.
In that session, I learned more about the education system and I would highly recommend to anyone going in the future to RGU to attend these sessions. Besides that, non EU passport students also have to attend another orientation session that is absolutely necessary for the enrollment system. These sessions are similar to orientation week at Seneca , where students have the opportunity to meet people from various other countries and learn more about the institution and events coming up. I was amazed by how warm and friendly people were. I felt home away from home.
Once I had arrived in the city of Aberdeen and finished all my formalities of being a student, I started researching transportation, including how far I would need to travel to buy food. The best way to experience Aberdeen is through being a student. The city offers great discounts for movies, transportation and other excursions.
In regards to doing groceries, there are various grocery shops like ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsburys and cooperative. The closest to my house is Sainsbury, which is like any regular grocery store, but for me it was the first time buying and planning a week of meala by myself. The experience is completely worth it! ASDA is like the Costco in Canada and Morrisons, Sainbury and cooperative are just as Walmart and Freshco.
I have visited a few places and they are magnificent. I have attended a football game, Aberdeen FC vs Celtic game. These teams are the top two in the Scottish league. Scotland is known for its single malt distilleries and I got an opportunity to visit one named Glen Garioch Distillery. It was a wonderful adventure and I was able to experience some of what Scotland has to offer. I still have few castles to visit, another landmark that Scotland is mostly known for. RGU has groups of mostly international students, where they arrange trips around Scotland for students. I qould encourage any student to take part in these trips and excursions as they are a great place to meet new friends, while making lasting memories.
With a busy study and travel schedule, it is easy to forget to take care of your own health. I experienced this in the beginning of March, when I got a bit sick. I would advise anyone travel or studying abroad o always watch what you eat and drink.
After becoming healthy, I visited Slains Castle, located in Cruden Bay. My main goal is to travel to Edinburgh which is called the heart of Scotland and one the most beautiful cities in the country, including Inverness. Upon completion of my studies in Scotland, I plan to visit other European countries.