Carlos is a Spanish student enrolled at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia during an exchange programme, where he studies Engineering and Technology.
What is your name and age? Where are you from?
My name is Carlos Bustos Pariente, I’m 23 years old and I’m from Spain.
What is the name of your university, study programme, which discipline? When did you start studying?
I’m enrolled at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Bachelor’s degree in Building Engineering, but I am currently studying at Tallinn University of Technology as an exchange student. I have been here for over 3 months now.
What were your main priorities when choosing your university and your programme (e.g. academics, accommodation, university services & facilities, personal & professional development, city & culture, cost & funding, practicalities, social life)?
The University had to have in its curriculum subjects related to my current study (Building Engineering) from my home university. Also, the language of instruction had to be English.
What were the main challenges you had to face before being accepted to your university?
I had to study hard to pass some difficult subjects required for me to gain admission.
What are three things you like most about the university?
I like the library, because it is well equipped, has adequate sockets, the tables are comfortable and the lighting is very good. It is way better than the library at my home university. I think it’s one of the best libraries in any European school.
Also, the cafeteria is good, because it has several varieties of dishes to choose from and the meal is also good. Not much in quantity, but good in quality and taste.
If you could improve anything about the university, what would it be?
Have more easily accessible and available printing services.
Also, some of the teachers have shown a low level of English. Even though Estonia is not an English-speaking country, the teachers giving lessons have to have a good level of English, for effective communication.
What are three things you like the most about the city?
There are several cool clubs, especially in the city centre, with good music and cheaper club tickets than what I am used to in my country.
Secondly, the architecture is beautiful and there are a lot of parks.
Also, meeting people from different places is common and you get to mingle a lot.
If you could improve anything about the city, what would it be?
The roads. I believe they are not as good as what I anticipated, especially when I compare them to the roads in Spain.
What was the biggest surprise in your study adventure?
The weather! I had no idea it was so cold in Estonia. After arriving, I realised that I needed to be adequately dressed before I go to classes.
How would you rate your experience on a scale from zero to ten (0 – It is/was a total disaster 10 – I have/had the time of my life)?
Is there anything that you would do differently if you could do it over again?
Come with a better level of English language.
What are your plans after graduating?
To commence my Master’s degree.
Share your favourite spot, the university and the city with us!
In the university, I would say my favourite spot is the library, while Club Mynt is my favourite spot in the city.
Were you inspired by Carlos’s story?