Maddy (on the right) and a friend celebrate their graduation.

Maddy (on the right) and a friend celebrate their graduation.

During the academic year of 2011-2012, I was lucky enough to get the chance to study abroad in both Germany and Spain as part of my undergraduate degree in German and Hispanic Studies. It was an unbelievable year, not only because I got the chance to improve my language skills, but because of the variety of people I met and the places I travelled. Intercultural understanding is becoming one of the most desirable qualities in a graduate and the idea of global exchange, whether educational or professional, is something almost every industry sector is trying to take on board. My degree at Liverpool gave me the chance not only to challenge myself academically, but also to gain extensive international experience, which became invaluable in my post-graduation job hunt.

I now work for a non-profit Study Abroad organization that arranges study abroad semesters for undergraduate students coming to London from the USA. The organisation works across 6 countries, and I am lucky enough to get the opportunity to travel and interact with students who are about to begin their own study abroad experiences. My degree at Liverpool gave me the opportunity to learn a great deal academically, but also equipped me with a practical skill set and some fantastic experiences, which I now get to draw upon every day in my job!

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