Semester: fifth semester of bachelor level
Home University: Fudan University, School of Economics
The experience of being an exchange student in the University of Zurich is definitely amazing and inspiring. What I have learnt from the courses I took here is not only the existing knowledge and theories, but more importantly, the new perspectives into some international economic issues I had known before. The new way of teaching has helped me to better relate what we learn in class to reality, thus enabling me to have a better and deeper understanding of those theories.
The competition for the chance to attend this program is fierce in Fudan University. Apart from submitting application materials(resume, language level certificate, transcript, etc), all candidates are required to take part in two interviews(one in Chinese and the other in English).
After being selected to attend this program, we got in touch with previous exchange students thanks to the International Relations Office of Fudan University. They offered us a lot of kind and useful advice.
Before arriving at Zurich, the International Relations Office of University of Zurich sent all of us the contacts of incoming students so that we could get acquainted with the students from the same area, which was really thoughtful.
Generally there was no problem with the procedure of residence and registration at the University of Zurich. The staff in the International Relations Office is very supportive and they could always offer solutions or advice for you in time in case that anything goes wrong.
I registered for both pre-semester and during-semester German language courses and they proved to be really helpful and worthy. Thanks to the teachers and the partners I had in both courses, now I have a basic knowledge of German and reached level A1.2.
I selected three courses for this semester: The Introduction to the Game Theory, International Economics and International Management.
For the Introduction to the Game Theory, what impressed me most was the exercise class. The teaching assistant would not only show us the solutions of those problems but also offer us some useful tips.
For International Economics, both the teachers and the teaching assistant would use plenty of real data to show us how well the theories we talked about could be applied into reality. Instead of just telling us the conclusions, the teacher would explain in detail how we reach them using the knowledge of Calculus, Statistics and Probability, which would give us a chance to go over what we learnt before.
For International Management, the teacher would invite some guest speakers who work in relevant industry to give us speeches, which are about the topics we discussed in class. The teacher encourages participation in class and he is always ready to listen to the feedbacks and ideas of students.
I took part in the Buddy Program organized by the Student Union of the School of Economics, which proved to be a right decision. My buddy is an outgoing local student and he is always willing to give me suggestions and guidance in terms of both academic and daily issues.
During the stay in Zurich I lived in a Student Hostel offered by WOKO. It is a nice and clean place. And I think the best thing is that you can meet and make friends with students from other parts of the world, giving us the opportunity to know different cultures and lifestyles.
I would like to thank the Zurich Insurance Group for providing me financial support during my stay in Zurich, which exempted me from the worries about the high living cost in Zurich and enabled me to concentrate on my studies and also enjoy the life here. Sometimes I would travel to other parts of Switzerland and also neighboring countries. I would say that the journey to Jungfrau would definitely be the most exciting and unforgettable experience in my life!