Rémi Fourcoual

Name Rémi Fourcoual
Country France
Home university INSA Lyon
Programme Civil Engineering
Exchange period Academic year 2017/2018

 

Compared to my home university, it is less hour of lectures per day, but more autonomy is required, meaning more work at home.

Rémi Fourcoual

My name is Rémi and I come from France. I study at INSA (National Institute of Applied Sciences) in Lyon. For the entire 2017-2018 academic year, I joined TU Delft as part of the Erasmus programme for my Master. Although my study domain is Civil Engineering, I also had the opportunity to follow courses from different faculties.

I decided to come study in Delft for the reputation of the university, as well as the attractive student life. The fact that I chose my courses helped me to learn new interesting topics. Compared to my home university, it is less hour of lectures per day, but more autonomy is required, meaning more work at home. I also liked that way of learning because it requires organization.

On the other side, there are a lot of facilities offering possibilities to do out-of-school activities. Indeed, I joined the university football club but I was also member of an association called BEST (Board of European Students of Technology). Hence, I also discovered associative life in TU Delft, organizing events and I think it helped a lot to plenty enjoy my exchange. I also gained travel experiences from that since I managed to go to Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Belgium and several places in the Netherlands.

Another purpose of studying abroad was to face a new culture. Indeed I had never lived abroad for more than a few weeks. Even though the gap between French and Dutch culture is not huge, I might say I changed some of my habits. I didn’t learn Dutch and I was surprised that everyone is able to speak English very well in the everyday life. However, I still think it represents a barrier and that it is more easy to be part of an international group than a group composed by only Dutch people.