Exchange program with students from Tunisia
The year 2015 marked an important year for D.Y. Patil school of Dentistry as not only did our college complete 25 years but it also marked a step taken by our college to embarking on greater heights by starting its first student exchange program to accord the students of D.Y. Patil with other colleges.
Through a partnership with the Indian Association of Dental Students we managed to conduct the first student exchange program with two students that arrived in college in the month of August. They arrived with a sense of excitement, as they wanted to experience what the college had to offer and also witness the Indian Culture of which they had heard so much about.
The postings they attended were the Prosthodontics and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. They were in awe with the college and facilities it was offering its students and the quality of education provided to them.
The Students (Hiba and Arij) hailed fro Tunisia and had very positive things to say about D.Y. Patil School of Dentistry:
“Completing this exchange has impacted on my future in following ways.
The first is new lifelong friendships. These have been formed not only with my wonderful host family but also with people from school, fellow exchange students and my coordinator. I now feel comfortable approaching strangers and find it easy to form new friendships. I am no loner as anxious or shy about meeting new people. The building of my interpersonal skills will help me greatly in the future as I feel like I can now communicate easily with anyone.
The second is my career goals. Having a year to graduate from University has allowed me to find myself and think deeply about what I hope to achieve in the future. This exchange has given me the time to decide exactly who and what I want to be.
The third is personal growth. Having the opportunity to travel overseas has given me greater awareness of my own national identity. It has also allowed me to widen my perspective and become self-sufficient. I am now always thinking about things from a broader point of view. My world has been expanded significantly and with it I have expanded as a person. I am much more self aware and already feel more confident and independent than when I left India. “
“Throughout my exchange I have learnt more about myself and the world around me than I ever could have in a classroom and I have no regrets whatsoever in regards to my decision to go on exchange. I would recommend time abroad to absolutely everybody, as you gain precious memories, friendships and knowledge to last a lifetime. The only thing I can say is don’t enjoy yourself so much that you forget to take photos!”