Exchange turns to
by Kelly Stone
Going on exchange has kicked off a great opportunity for UniSA business student and talented soccer player Liam Moller.
The 20-year-old, who went on exchange to Aarhus School of Business in Denmark during the second half of 2009 and Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada for the first half of 2010, has been offered an athletic scholarship to stay on at Ryerson for the rest of the year.
During his exchange at Ryerson, Liam caught the attention of coaches after being put through a rigorous training regime including tactical, core strength and conditioning training, and trial games.
Liam is now enrolling as a full-time student at Ryerson, where he is relishing every opportunity to come out of his exchange experience.
“I originally saw student exchange as part of the process of understanding and applying the international aspect of my business administration degree,” Liam says.
“I saw it as an opportunity to apply concepts from my studies at UniSA to my courses abroad, as well as an opportunity to test myself and see how I would cope with life away from home in different cultures and locations.
“But what I didn’t realise was that it would be the best time of my life with the amount of travel, parties, people you meet, interactions with many different cultures and life-long friendships that are made.
“Every part of my two exchanges has been exceptional.”
Over the northern hemisphere summer, Liam is working north-east of Toronto setting up a landscaping business, while playing soccer for a local team in Ontario. He is looking forward to taking up his position on the Ryerson soccer squad when the Fall semester starts in September.
Liam recommends exchange to all students.
“It’s hard to put into words how highly I rate the concept behind study abroad,” he says.
“I have grown as a person and have a different view of the world.
“While in Denmark, I was part of a group that won top place for our business plan in an Innovation and Entrepreneurship class – and it is those skills that I am now applying today in starting up the landscaping business.
“Aarhus School of Business is well respected within the European community and many European students choose to complete a full-time degree there. This allowed me to learn about many unique European cultures in addition to Danish culture. I was living with people from six different cultures which was an incredible and unique experience.
“In Canada, I wanted to experience living in a city that was considered the business and financial centre, and Toronto fitted this criteria. It is definitely an experience living in a large city (5.5 million people in Greater Toronto Area) but Toronto’s relaxed atmosphere has made it enjoyable.”
Liam is one of 290 UniSA students undertaking an overseas experience so far in 2010. In 2009, 283 students went abroad.
The five major markets for outbound exchanges in 2009 were the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, India and Japan. Students also exchanged in Austria, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand and The Netherlands. During 2009 students undertaking the Hawke Ambassador Program carried out their volunteering projects in Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Vietnam and Thailand.
UniSA provides travel grants to students accepted for full semester ($2500) and short-term ($1000) programs. Students must meet criteria and receive academic credit.
If you are interested in finding out more about an international exchange, see www.unisa.edu.au/exchange.