“I learned a lot about myself, grew up personally and got much more relaxed in my way of life”
Marius studied abroad at Kasetsart University, Thailand during autumn semester of 2017. You can read his interview below.
What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Marius Heuel. I was born in 1993 and grew up and still live in Dortmund (Germany).
Where did you spend your exchange semester?
At the Kasetsart University in Thailand. I was studying at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
Why did you choose to study in Asia, and your destination in particular?
One year before I came to Kasetsart University, I visited a friend who was also studying there and got a very nice impression of the way of life and studying.
Tell us a little more about your study destination, what was it like to live and study there?
Thai-people would say that the life is “easy easy”, everybody is relaxed and it’s normal to be late for a meeting, lectures or exams. But the level of lectures and exams can be very high and shouldn’t be underestimated.
Did the experience meet your expectations?
Definitely, and it even outreached my expectations sometimes, especially the level of my lectures was higher than I had expected.
What were the highlights of your exchange?
The food, traveling around Thailand and visiting the neighboring states.
How did you get the study place? What was the application procedure like?
I filled out the Asia Exchange’s application form for the program and received my confirmation from them very fast. Asia Exchange said that they will send my application to the International Office of Kasetsart University as soon as possible. After paying all fees, seven or eight weeks before the semester started, I received the official letter of confirmation from Kasetsart University.
Which were the most interesting topics in your studies?
Thermodynamics 1 and Automotive Technologies.
What kind of accommodation did you have and how much was the monthly cost?
I lived in “The Thanpuying Suite Apartment” aka “TPY5”. It was full of international students from all around the world and we had a lot of restaurants and street food vehicles around our place. The walk to the campus took just 15 minutes. I lived in a single room condo and paid 9000 Bath plus around 1000 Bath for water & electricity. It fit excellently to my needs and was the perfect decision for me.
What were your normal days like while living in Asia?
I woke up around 8 am and thought about what I or we wanted to eat for breakfast. During the day I participated the lectures and had lunch at the campus together with other internationals and locals. After lunch I went home and to the gym.
The evenings were very variable: I attended house parties and went to the cinema, nightclubs and local pubs. I also ate in restaurants and tried massage. Some evenings we were just hanging out with my friends and making Thai BBQ.
Did you have a chance to travel during your stay?
Yes. I had only three days of lectures per week and because of that I traveled a lot around the weekends in Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and Singapore.
What kind of things did you learn about Asia during your stay?
I learned that one of the most important things is to keep your face and to be polite. And also that a smile on your face can solve a lot of problems in difficult situations.
What kind of things did you learn about yourself?
I could write a complete letter about this question, but I learned a lot about myself, grew up personally and got much more relaxed in my way of life.
In your opinion, why should people go to study in Asia?
Because you’ll learn that many things will run easier than in Europe and because nearly everybody has to come out of their “comfort zone”.
Would you recommend this study program to other students?
Yes, it’s well organized and you’ll get quick answers to all your questions! Asia Exchange will also take over a lot of formal tasks from you.
What are your greetings to Asia Exchange?
Thanks for all your help and answering my 9 million questions so fast and well!
A free word for any student considering going abroad
In the words of probably the most plagiarized brand in Asia… JUST DO IT!