August 2017


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Interested in attending a conference abroad to present your paper? It’s a great experience and it can boost your credibility as a researcher, but it can break the bank. However, should not stop you from getting your paper out there!

In this video, Mentor Anya talks about her experience in getting funding for conferences abroad. Mentor Anya finished a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering at Korea University. She was able to present her researches in various conferences in different countries, such as Turkey.

Here are some tips to take note of:

  • Make sure your research is relevant. Obviously, you won’t be given funding if your research does not contribute to your department or institution. Sponsors are more interested in funding only the most relevant papers due to limited research funds.
  • Look for conferences where you think your paper will shine. You have a higher chance of getting sponsored if your paper fits the conference’s theme. You might have your heart set on a certain conference, but there might be others out there too.
  • Networking comes in handy. If you know a professor or a colleague who has already presented there before, now is the time to ask them!

Mentor Anya talks about some of the experiences of her fellow researchers as well. Basically, it all comes down to the available funds allotted for research by the department or the institution. The school first obtains funding from external sources, then they distribute the money to the different departments.

Presenting your research in international conferences shouldn’t just be a pipe dream. There’s opportunities everywhere if you know where to start looking. Want to know more? Watch the video and go get that funding!

Want to know more about Mentor Anya’s journey as a Master’s student in Korea? Check out one of her other videos here.

 

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Take a look at the University of Washington’s wide campus filled with greenery. It really is a breath-taking sight! While watching the video, can you tell which Japanese tourist magnet is present in the campus?

What’s in store for you at the University of Washington’s campus?

Aside from their picturesque campus, they also have a lot of facilities. They have plenty of computer labs and libraries that can help you study or do your research. They also have plenty of food places for that much-needed brain food!

Furthermore, they even have their own in-campus police department. It’s the University of Washington Police Department (UWPD)! They also have a quadrangle surrounded by the liberal arts buildings where you can see cherry blossoms bloom in spring.

In addition to their multitude of academic buildings, they also offer lots of sports facilities such as tennis courts and a baseball field. The university’s students are sure to become well-rounded.

The campus really is a community of its own. Studying in a large campus and exploring it is an adventure on its own.

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Did this inspire you to study in the University of Washington? Register on AFriendAbroad.com and read up on AFriendAbroad.com/blog! Find a mentor who studies in that university to learn more about the application process and the culture!

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If majestic castles and ancient towns interest you, then you’re gonna love this. Get to know Audree and her experiences while studying in the University of St. Andrews!

If you are interested in experiencing the majestic castles of Scotland specifically in one its the most ancient towns called St. Andrews, get to know Audree and her experiences while studying in the University of St. Andrews!

Low costs of living and guaranteed housing?!

Audree is currently pursuing a degree in B.S Financial Economics Honors at the University of St. Andrews. She is not under any scholarship thus when she first started, she set her monthly allowance at 500 pounds. Since St. Andrews is a small town, her monthly allowance of 500 pounds was more than enough for her to get by. Her monthly allowance includes trips outside the city.

Moreover, she did not have to spend a significant amount on transportation. Most places are walkable and public transportation such as the bus is inexpensive.

Freshmen are guaranteed to have slots in the dormitories. There is a yearly payment between 4,000 to 9,000 pounds depending the your choice of dorm. After your first year, you can reapply or look for a different place outside the university.

The University of Andrews is an attractive learning environment for those who are itching to explore ancient structures and to see picturesque views. In addition, the cost of living is low considering the location and the illustrious reputation of the university.

If you would like to know more about studying in the University of St. Andrews, sign up and get to know Audree. You may also also explore our Mentors page.

Do you want to know more about Scotland? Meet Shenju as she discusses her experience in Edinburgh, Scotland!

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“My plan now is to really pursue a career in Canada…”

Some people finish their degrees abroad and stay there to work after graduating. Others go back to their home country and contribute their knowledge. While some want to start working in a different country altogether. That’s Anya.

Anya wants to work in Canada. She knows that her industry is in high demand there. She also talks about pursuing a career in the academe versus working for the industry after graduating.

After watching this video, I learned how important it is to have a goal before even starting on a degree. Before Anya studied in Korea, she already knew where she could go after graduation. She had already set her sights to work in Canada.

Anya completed a master’s in engineering specializing in Environmental Engineering at Korea University. She also finished a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas.

Mentor Anya: Offers advice on studying environmental engineering in Korea on AFriendAbroad.com. She speaks English and Tagalog and works for CH2M HILL.

If you want to ask Anya a question about studying engineering in Korea, please register as a student on afriendabroad.com and visit her mentor profile page. Watch Anya’s videos to find out how she can refer you to her professor.

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love,

A Friend Abroad

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“They are uneasy with female engineers working for an engineering firm that’s mostly composed of male engineers.”

What does it feel like to be the odd one out? It could be intimidating, but it could also fill you with a sense of pride for being unique.

Anya, a Master’s student in Korea University, was a foreign student. But more than that, as the first female engineering student in her department, she was also a woman in a sea of men.

She talks about the struggle to find an engineering job in Korea as Korean firms are uneasy about hiring female workers in a male-dominated industry.

Ripe for miscommunication

She also talks about the language barrier. Employers look for people who are fluent in both English and Korean. Fluency in Korean is still necessary for you to get by from day to day in the workplace.

So for those aspiring to work in Korea, take a page out of Anya’s friend’s book: learn the native language. Anya talks about her friend who temporarily worked part-time while studying Korean. She says this helped her land an engineering job in Korea easier.

Daily life certainly becomes easier when you know the native language. There’s no better practice than to use it every day with the locals!

Anya completed a master’s in engineering specializing in environmental engineering at Korea University and a bachelor of Science in civil engineering cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas.

If you want to ask Anya a question about studying engineering in Korea, please register as a student on afriendabroad.com and visit her mentor profile page. Watch Anya’s videos to find out how she can refer you to her professor.

Mentor Anya: Offers advice on studying environmental engineering in Korea on AFriendAbroad.com. She speaks English and Tagalog and works for CH2M HILL.

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love,

A Friend Abroad

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“For engineering graduates, professors would assume that you were very knowledgeable with programming…”

Studying abroad can bring unexpected surprises. Each country’s curriculum for certain programs vary so it can be surprising when your engineering professors expect you to know how to code.

Anya talks about her experience learning how to code. It’s difficult but it’s worth it! Coding helps you develop better logic skills which, for a field like engineering, is important.

The most important tip on how to survive school

Anya also emphasizes the importance of communication between you and the professor. It is important to admit when you do not know something because the professor’s job is to help you learn. This goes for both coursework and research.

Furthermore, it’s also good to know beforehand what the curriculum for your intended degree is like before starting there. It can prevent you from getting the shock of your life when you’re expected to know something you never studied in your home country.

Anya completed a Master’s in Engineering specializing in Environmental Engineering at Korea University. She also completed a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas.

If you want to ask Anya a question about studying engineering in Korea, please register as a student on afriendabroad.com and visit her mentor profile page. Watch Anya’s videos to find out how she can refer you to her professor. You can also talk to Anya about studying in Korea in general, or her school, Korea University.

Mentor Anya: Offers advice on studying environmental engineering in Korea on AFriendAbroad.com. She speaks English and Tagalog and works for CH2M HILL.

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love,

A Friend Abroad

All gender bathrooms and a student-made smart vending machine… take a tour of Taiwan Tech’s campus.

Taiwan Tech’s aesthetically-pleasing campus is a sight to behold. The campus is full of greenery and open spaces. You can see students playing or spending time in the yard during their free time.

The campus also does not have a shortage on food sources, so go ahead and grab a bite! Their cafeteria’s wide range of offered veggies promote healthy eating. They also have an in-house dormitory for those who want to live nearby.

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Thank you Alexander!