Just recently I got accepted in an exchange program in the beautiful land of the Thai, also known as Thailand. I was excited, of course, but also a little sceptical about what awaits me. I had never been an exchange student in such a distant country. So how has the internet opened doors for my exchange experience?
Email & Scanner & Application Process
My university is in England, but I am from Bulgaria where I usually go for summer vacation. The first time I was invited on to this program, I was in a different country. The email specified that I need to give my documents, sign papers and attend a few meetings about the program. However, because I could not do any of that, I could just scan the needed documents and receive the information about the trips by email. Has there not been any internet, I would have never received the chance to explore another country.
Information about the University
I could not be able to travel if I did not have enough information about the place. Easy operation with Google helped me with that aspect. I found that Chulalongkorn University was the oldest university in the Thai modern educational system. King Vajiravudh of Siam founded it in 1917. Also, since the university has a website, I could easily look at the campuses, history, facts, academic calendar, etc. I could even do a tour around campus from almost 8,000km away! Through the website, I was also able to find a fitting accommodation for myself. All in all, I was happy about the information on the web about it.
The last part of the process was my university to accept me. I did not need to do any additional exams, to visit a different country or talk to teachers, all I needed to do was wait. All my details were sent already by email and post and if the Thai university had any questions, they could just send an email to my university and that’s it! In a couple of weeks time, Chulalongkorn University sent me an email that I was accepted. And that was it. Easy, right?