My name is Anna. I live near Stuttgart in Germany. I spent 7 weeks in Bristol in the summer of 2016. I did two weeks of language course and 5 weeks internship.
I am studying International Business and I needed a semester abroad for my graduation. It’s about "cut your teeth" in a work environment and getting experience. I chose Bristol because a friend of mine had been in Bristol the year before and she recommended that I go because she had such a great time.
When I arrived in Bristol I had a very warm welcome from my host mum and I felt in love with beautiful Bristol right from the beginning. Bristol has so much to offer and there is always something to do and you will never get bored. I couldn’t imagine a better ambience for a semester abroad.
At the beginning I went to language school. Time there passed so fast and I really enjoyed meeting so many different people with different backgrounds. I made a lot of new friends and we had lot of fun together while we improved our English.
During my internship I worked for the tourist board. I shared my time between the marketing department and the Tourist Information Centre at Harbourside. I gained a lot of experience in marketing skills and I had to communicate with many people which was exactly what I wanted.
During my time in Bristol I visited many attractions through my Internship. Also I visited Bath and Oxford. It’s very easy to explore around Bristol by train or by bus.
To take in some English culture, I went to see a rugby match on a weekend. In the end I was really confused and I am still not sure about the rules but it was fun.
At the beginning of August I went to the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta with some friends from language school and we had a great day together. Hot air balloons are an iconic symbol for the city of Bristol. I was even more excited that I was allowed to fly with a balloon at the end of my stay. It was an unforgettable experience.
My stay in the UK has expanded my horizon. There is no better way to gain experience for work and for your future life. I am so glad I chose B.I.G. to organise everything for me. It was really easy and there is always somebody if you have any questions. The staff at B.I.G. are very friendly and helpful. It is truly worth it!
In the end it was an experience I will never forget and I am glad that I met such lovely people.