Berlin reflections

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Today I begin my final week of the subject “Introduction to International Economic Law” at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Humboldt University of Berlin) and thinking back to what my experience has been so far, I feel so privileged to have been given this opportunity.
Studying in another country was a daunting prospect at first, however the subjects offered through the BUILD program made it an easy decision and an experience I will always remember!

As far as the subject itself goes, I am very happy at the choice I made. The content was very interesting and I know I will be able use the knowledge in my studies back home. Moreover, I was very lucky to have the subject taught by an amazing teacher who not only delivered the content in an easy to understand way, but also went to great lengths to make sure we engaged with our peers in- and outside of the classrooms. From engaging class discussions to dinner and drinks with the teacher and peers, it was an amazing subject which I am extremely glad to have selected.
Another aspect about our class that I really enjoyed was the fact I got to meet not only other students from UTS but also students from all over the world. Brazil, India, Indonesia, Switzerland, Poland and South Africa. We were all like-minded individuals who bonded and shared a very memorable experience.

Not only was the subject an amazing one to study, but Humboldt was an amazing University to study at. The University kindly organised a large variety of cultural activities so you are spoilt for choice with things to do. I was involved in Ice Skating which was an awesome way to meet other people studying through the winter school program; a Berlin Walking tour which was lead by a young Welsh woman who had studied German history so it was a great way to see some of main sights and then also hear about the history behind them; and I also had a guided tour of the German Chancellery and tour of Potsdam, home of Sanssouci Palace, among other things.

Berlin is a city fundamentally shaped by both World Wars and the Cold War, as such it is rich in modern history and cultural sights. Studying in a city like this has given me a new perspective on the world. Ultimately, this has been one of the best experiences of my life and I am so glad to have been given the support of the BUILD program! I can’t recommend this experience enough, particularly I would recommend the university and subject that I did.
I’ve gained a new energy that I hope to bring back to my studies at UTS.

– Joshua Culley

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