​Semester Study Abroad in Wales

Written by Kendell Combs, Junior, Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Communication

The International Programs in Agriculture sponsors semester-long exchange study abroad opportunities to College of Agriculture students. Daniel Agazzi (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Lafayette, CA) took advantage of the opportunity to study abroad for this fall semester at Aberystwyth University in Aberystwyth, United Kingdom. According to Purdue’s Study Abroad website, Aberystwyth University was the first university institution to be established in Wales in 1872. Today, it has over 7,500 registered students. Purdue students take courses in a wide range of topics including environmental, forestry, animal science, soil science, economics, food science, and humanities, and those students receive direct Purdue credit through the College of Agriculture.

Daniel is studying Agribusiness Management at Aberystwyth University. “A typical day here for me is usually going to class, taking a hike along the sea, hanging out with my housemates, and maybe going to a pub for a social.” He said that the university is right on the Irish Sea, and that the views and scenery on the coast there is beautiful. Daniel lives in a fly, which is a small house on campus, with five other people from England, Germany, and Malaysia. The most interesting thing that he has learned so far is about what the British like to eat and drink, such as curry, meat pies, and cider. He appreciates the opportunity this study abroad program has given him to make connections with individuals at university and throughout the country.  “I have enjoyed meeting people from all over the United Kingdom and the rest of the world and learning about their way of life.” 

Snowden has been his favorite place he has visited so far because it has the tallest mountain in Wales. Daniel is a part of the hiking club there and a few weeks ago they hiked to the top of the mountain. He said that this was one of the most beautiful and unforgettable experiences he has had yet. In addition to hiking, Daniel has spent free time visiting the Roman ruins in Bath, England. His experience has proved to him that there is much more to gain from study abroad programs beside academics in another country. A semester abroad has allowed him to continue toward his Purdue degree while having an international experience that he will remember for a lifetime.

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