Am applying for an exchange programme to Ghent…
“Ghent is a city with a population of a quarter of a million. Its size and position allow the inhabitants to enjoy a city with an interesting crossover between open cosmopolitanism and the quiet atmosphere of a provincial town. Ghent is thriving as many young people choose to live here instead of in the narrow-minded countryside or the crowded and disintegrating city centers of Brussels and Antwerp. “ –Wikitravel
a perfect lifestyle balance…
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Image source: ghent (wikipedia)
Ghent at night
Image source: Ghent (wikitravel)
What changed my mind about applying for the exchange programme was the perception that studying there will be easier on the workload. International students on exchange here party almost every night. It’s not that I am a party person, but it’s just that I’m so sick of assignments every semester and hope that I’ll be able to chill while studying. Well, to be frank, my life here is already pretty chilling for an archi student; I am able to watch series after series, work part time, cook, and sit in library for half a day.
That was before I realised that there are only going to be three subjects for those who are staying here next semester.
Basically, there isn’t much to do for history; doing just one presentation during the whole semester, attending lectures and one 2500 words essay submission at the end of semester. Whereas, the portfolio is just a “compulsory” elective where students are required to compile their previous panels and recompose them into A1 panels for the RIBA part 1 review.
So…. just studio-ing for the whole semester.
I’m not sure about the syllabus for Ghent archi school, but we still have to do history essay and portfolio regardless. And last but not least… studio. It seems like more workload?!!
With studio, I’ll never get to chill… Anywhere will be the same. It’s architecture. Studio work just needs constant research and solutions.
Well… for a more proper reason….
Staying in Ghent seems much more convenient to travel around continental Europe. Belgium is a country situated in northwest Europe, and is bordered by the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, and France with a short coastline on the North Sea. That just gives me the impression that it’ll be less hassle to make plans to go around Europe; just like Malaysia to Singapore or Thailand.
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My mum said that she needs a magnifier to find its location.
Time to pick up some Dutch… and nice chocolates~~~