Incoming: Karla, from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico

Karla Ruiz Andrino is an exchange student from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico. She spent a semester at the University of Bordeaux studying oceanography.

Why did you pick the University of Bordeaux?

I was searching for oceanography or wine production courses to take in France, and then I realized I could do both at the same time in the perfect city: Bordeaux! After I did some research on the University of Bordeaux website, it became clear that this University was perfect for me. There are so many activities that the University offers, like campus recreational sports and other athletic activities, and the city is full of cultural and historic experiences to enjoy. The modern and comfortable facilities on campus really add to the student life community. The University of Bordeaux has been the best place to learn and live in France!

How long have you been at the University of Bordeaux?

I have been studying for only one semester so far – and I love it already!

What are you studying?

I am currently taking oceanography courses. The lectures are challenging but I’m learning a lot!

What is your favorite subject?

My favorite subject is biology, and there are lots of other like-minded motivated students and passionate teachers to learn from here at the University of Bordeaux!

What does your typical day at the University of Bordeaux look like?

I wake up, and it only takes me five minutes to walk to class (only two minutes if I take my bike!). My classes all cover various oceanography topics by different professors. I have to admit, the classroom time can be very long, but the content is very exciting! At lunch time, I normally go to the “Veracruz” restaurant. I love this restaurant! They have the most delicious food and I can use my Izly card there to easily pay for my meal. After class, I usually go out with some friends or to one of the many organized social events the university offers for international students to meet new people.

What’s the most challenging part of your day?

Aside from the coursework, the most challenging part of my day is cooking something to eat (besides cereal). How can I be motivated to cook when there are so many great restaurants around and so much to see and do?!

What’s the most rewarding part of your day?

The most rewarding part of my day is when I realize how much I am learning! The change in language is quite difficult, so I am really proud that I am fully understanding the content of the lectures. I also feel very rewarded after I finish working out or playing one of the many sports offered at the University!

What’s something you look forward to everyday?

Every day, I look forward to exploring and enjoying Bordeaux a little more. I also strive to be even more productive with my time.

Where do you get your campus coffee?

I don’t drink that much coffee, so I usually only drink it at some friend’s apartment or in my own Crous residence. I’ve only ever had it once at the “Veracruz”!

How would you describe the University of Bordeaux in one word?

Friendly! Both the city and the people are so inviting and welcoming. I felt at home right away at the University.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

In ten years from now, I hope that I am well advanced in my career! I hope to be conducting research for National Geographic. I also dream of building a business to have my own nature products store.

Anything else?

Thank you to everyone in the International Office that has supported me! You all helped make this exchange possible. I also want to share my gratitude for the Student Life Office! Your efforts really add to student life and it made my experience so much better! I was REALLY happy to live in my Crous residence, experience the city of Bordeaux, and to attend classes at the University!

Updated on 02/07/2019