Name: Sam Kah Chiin
Course Studied: Masters in Applied Measurement Science, 2012-13
University studied at: University of Tartu (UT), Estonia
"I met people from all walks of life and all of this has changed the way I see the world. It has trained me to become a global citizen who is open to different opinions and different cultures".
What made you decide to study at the University of Tartu?
I had been selected by the University of Tartu in the application of an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
Why did you choose to study Applied Measurement Science?
I was being offered that course for Erasmus Mundus.
What did your family and friends think of your decision to study abroad?
My family and friends thought it was a crazy decision as I didn't even know about this country before I got the offer. However, after the programme ended, all of them thought it was a very valuable experience as I have grown up a lot along the journey.
What were the main differences you found between studying in your home country and studying at the University of Tartu?
I could choose whatever subject, ranging from Social Science, Economics, Engineering, to Semiotics (UT is one of the most important centres of semiotics in Europe) as long as I wanted to do so, whereas, in my home country, students mostly will only take the subject related to their course.
How did you adapt to living in a different country?
I don't find it a problem to adapt to Tartu's life. The city itself is so lively and energetic and almost all the time, it is surrounded by interesting activities organized by friendly and passionate students/local council. I must also mention the tremendous help from the international office of UT in helping us to cope with the procedure of applying residence permit as well as providing us a 'Big Sister/Big Brother' to assist us in adapt to the life in Tartu. To be frank, I can't recall any moment that I am homesick as I was even reluctant to go back when the programme had ended.
What did you enjoy most about your experience?
The story and the people I met. I met people from all walks of life and all of this has changed the way I see the world.
What advice would you give students thinking about studying in Europe?
My experience in UT is not only one year of my life, but my life in one year. Go ahead, and enjoy every moment over there.
How do you think your time abroad has helped your studies and/or your career?
The biggest takeaway of this experience is it has trained me to become a global citizen who is open to different opinions and different cultures. I become very flexible and can adapt to new environment very easily. The flexibility and adaptability has no doubt become a strength of mine while pursuing my career.