For Politics and International Relations student David Bace, spending a year in Lapland not only broadened his knowledge of the Arctic but inspired his future study aims.
He travelled to Finland August 2020, against a backdrop of tightening Covid restrictions, and remained there until June 2021. Many of his University of Lapland lectures moved online but despite the changes, he describes his exchange as an ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ which has opened his horizons.
David is now determined to build on the knowledge throughout the rest of his MA programme to explore the interconnections between the environmental and biodiversity protection, climate change and how these issues are approached and being solved in the realm of politics and international relations.
“Meeting new people and creating new relationships or maintaining social life in general is at the core of Erasmus,” says David.
“Of course. this year was a little different but I still embraced the opportunity to immerse myself in new cultures, languages, mentality of people and education systems. It helped me to appreciate how diverse our world is.
“There are times when it is more difficult with increased academic pressure or missing home but it doesn’t detract from the overall experience and the memories which will last a lifetime.”
David also credits the University’s Go Abroad team for making his exchange a reality.
“The Go Abroad Team at the University of Aberdeen is doing a great job and that is why they deserve a big thank you.
“Its members were really helpful at every stage of my exchange including pre-departure and the time I spent in Finland.”
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