At the beginning of last July, I left Australia on an eight month journey that would take me to over 50 cities across 20 countries in Europe and North Africa. The main reason for going overseas however was to take part in a semester exchange at Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic.

The Czech Republic is a place where there is a coming together of Western and Eastern Europe. It is a place where one of the most difficult languages in the world is spoken; where measurements of time are calculated in ‘beers’ (‘I was studying at the library for four beers-worth’) and where friends greet one another with an upbeat Ahoy!

Brno is a delightful city of approximately 300,000 people. One in four people who live in Brno are students, which means it is a very student-friendly city equipped with great infrastructure, a budding coffee culture, trendy bars and well-regarded universities.

Going on exchange in Brno was one of the best decisions I have made. It gave me the chance to meet other students from all over the world while being able to study subjects that I wouldn’t have had the chance to study otherwise. Although it is an absolute cliche, I have come back to Australia a much more open-minded and tolerant person. Living overseas has given me a whole new perspective on life and I believe it has enhanced the opportunities available to me in my future. I would recommend participating in any kind of study abroad program to any student.