1. Why did you choose UNIL?
There were several reasons of why I chose UNIL. First, because it is well known that UNIL overall is part of the best universities in Switzerland in terms of internationalization, quality and research. Second, because it has one the most important faculties on economics (HEC) with high academic reputation and alumni and i really wanted to take courses there. Third, because according to my degree (foreign affairs) i though Switzerland would be the best destination for my exchange. Lastly, because UNIL gave me the economic support for being here.
2. What was the most challenging part when you arrived? Practical life (administrative procedures), academic life...
At first, everything! I really struggled with daily life things like communicate in french, or how the public transport work, or even the several apps that you should download for ocupied some things. I came from a very different culture, so sometimes there are some behaviours or technical things that i just can’t understand, but after a while you get used to. Fortunately, the SASME helped me a lot on every administration procedure, so inside the campus I’ve never had any problem.
3. What kind of accomodation do you live in and how did you find it?
I live in Les Ochettes, a building that is part of the FMEL and it’s inside the campus, so it just take me 5 minutes walk to arrive to my classes every day. Fortunately I found it before arriving here, as during the application procedure I followed the advice to apply for a room here.
4. What is your monthly budget for living in Lausanne?
UNIL gave me a scholarship of CHF 1'100 per month, with that, CHF 510 are for the rent, CHF 52 for public transport, CHF 24 for mobile data, CHF 150 for food and I still have CHF 364 left for other stuffs, like buy some things or going to ESN events.
5. What advice would you give to future exchange students?
Learn french! But also if you are from South America use your earphones while talking on videocalls in public spaces and it’s not necesary to touch people when you say Hi! They could feel unconfortable with physical touch sometimes, so better ask.
6. What do you think this experience at UNIL will bring to you for your further studies?
It’s great to have the chance to share with people from different parts of the world. In fact, this is my first time out of my country so definitely this experience at UNIL gave me the tools to adapt myself to different environments.