SRM University Civil Engineering student Saaranya Kumar Dasari is spending a semester at a partner university, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Australia.
And clearly enjoying every minute of it, here is a first-hand account from Saaranya himself:
“Studying overseas is a once in a lifetime opportunity to challenge yourself, meet new friends and explore new places. And spending a semester abroad puts you on the right trajectory for it.
I’m really enjoying my time here so far, coming to Melbourne isn’t just about what degree I am studying, it’s a whole new way of life. It’s a great place to learn, develop new skills and a great base to explore the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne and the unique wonders of Australia.
The University of Melbourne has an outstanding reputation, No.1 University in Australia and education is challenging, fun, and rewarding. It’s good to explore the deeply enriching atmosphere of Melbourne, it is the most liveable city in the world.
My program was designed around Civil, specialising in Civil System, Architecture and Structural. It was the perfect combination of successfully learning how Civil Engineering is practised internationally and getting to know the faculty and fellow students that I worked with every day.
My life was easy for me at home. Now I do everything on my own, the way I think, the way I speak, the way I do things has changed a lot. I can also learn a lot about myself and my home country, by seeing it through the eyes of others.
Melbourne University promotes innovation, creativity and independent thinking. As I am major in civil engineering it’s great to learn how civil engineering is practiced in Australia.
Understanding the different technologies, techniques, sector environments and construction standards are useful in real-life situations. It was the best year of my university life, where I exploited new opportunities. Semester abroad gave me a new vision of the world that goes beyond my home country. Going to classes and getting to know a different university system is a great part of my time here.
SRM University provided a great platform to grow my career ambitions by encouraging me to do a Semester Abroad Program. Students at SRM University are offered an amazing opportunity to spend a semester abroad, and we can select from universities across several countries.
I came here to experience being on my own, meet new friends, and explore a foreign country, and I was able to do it all. I extend particular thanks to my parents and SRM University”.
SRM’s flagship student mobility programme is the Semester Abroad Programme, with over 100 partnerships across the globe, enabling students to enrich their lives through international exposure while continuing to be a student. A truly once in a lifetime moment for the hundreds of students who spend a semester abroad each year.