Liu Fei from Guangzhou, China
“The modules I took at PHZH were very interesting, they contained aspects I will carry with me for a lifetime”
“Going on exchange was a big step for me, but I was willing to take it. With a little heart but fierce at the same time, I came to Switzerland in February. I was very excited and affraid at the same time, because this was the first time away from home for such a long period. My goal was to become more independent, and brighten my knowledge in teaching. I was very glad though that everything was arranged well, so I didn’t had to leave with mixed feelings.
When arriving in Zurich, the International office of PHZH did it’s ultimate best to make sure I felt welcome. During the semester the International Office was my main contactpoint, which I could go to with all my questions. For me, it felt like a replacement of what ‘home’ normally feels like, a person to say your thougts and feelings to when things get tricky. I’m really thankfull for that.
The modules I took at the PHZH were very interesting, they contained aspects I will carry with me for a lifetime. In the Class ‘Switzerland; Culture and Society’, we went on excursions that led us to seeing some of Switzerland’s most beautiful places. From Mount Rigi to Luzern, Bern and the Rheinfalls in Schaffhausen, the trips were amazing and a lot of memories have been made. In my practicum, I got an insight on the educational system of Switzerland and got in touch with a range of useful teaching methods, which I will definitly use in my later career. My practicum teacher was a driven, warmhearted woman, willing to give her all so that I could get the biggest learning opportunity possible. I think it is safe to say that my backpack of knowledge expanded during my time abroad.
Living in Zurich was a bit expensive, I had to get used to the Zurich ways of living at first. The public transportation was very effective and punctual, which reflected on the people living here. Despite my low level of German, everybody was always willing to help or start a conversation. I could always help myself out, as in Zürich people speak a lot of different languages.
I learned how it is to live and learn more independently, which I benefit a lot from for my future. I improved my language skills on a daily basis and the classes I took brought me further as a teacher-to-be. I think it is safe to say that this exchange to Zürich is a phase in my life I can proudly look back to. The people I met, the places I visited, it is all worth remembering.”