Outgoing: Noé Jarry at Thammasat University, Thailand

Noé Jarry is following a Bachelor degree in Law and English. He is currently spending his third year abroad at Thammasat University, one of Thailand’s most renowned faculties of law.

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Why did you choose to carry out a mobility experience?

One of my main reasons for choosing to follow the international Bachelor program in Law and English at the University of Bordeaux was the mandatory exchange year. All my siblings studied abroad for at least a year, and they all remember their journeys as an incredible experience. I feel like it’s a real milestone in someone’s studies, and it was particularly important for me to experience my own adventure far from home. It’s safe to say that I am not disappointed!

How did you choose your host institution?

In my opinion, if you want to study abroad, you might as well go far away. Thailand was my best bet: 9,000 kilometers separates Thammasat from Bordeaux, I had never been to Asia before and Bangkok sounded like an exciting destination. I had been considering following business law-focused studies for a while, so Thammasat’s lectures totally met my interests.

I had no particular expectations regarding the destination itself: I did no researches on Thailand at all, as I really wanted to discover everything first hand when I arrived. As Thammasat is one of Thailand’s biggest universities, I anticipated a certain workload, which is perfectly manageable with a little bit of organization.

What are the main differences you have identified between studying in France and Thailand?

The length of the lectures! Here in Thammasat, each class is 3 hours long, and I used to think that the 90-minute lectures in Bordeaux were long enough… let’s say that the first weeks here were arduous. Also, each semester includes two sets of exams: midterms and finals. Since the first semester starts early/mid-August, it felt strange to study for exams in September. This particularity required me to adopt a different organization and working rhythm than the one I used to have in France. Finally, students here are allowed to choose their own courses among a wide selection.

What have you learnt so far from this international experience?

I’m meeting new people from all around the world almost on a weekly basis: if I’m mainly learning about Thai culture in the course of my daily life, I can’t deny that being in contact with so many different nationalities and languages has awaken my curiosity. I’m learning a little bit from everyone, and, for example, I can proudly say that I now know how to say “cat” in Finnish.

I don’t particularly have one single best memory so far, but each trip to a new part of Thailand, whether it is on an island or up north, in the mountains, constitutes a new unforgettable memory. Every little struggle, every little moment makes every journey so unique: being lost, alone, by night, under pouring rain in a national park while being topless on a scooter made my first trip to an island memorable.

Anything else?

I’m not even halfway through the year, but I know for a fact that this experience will have a significant impact of my life and will become a cherished memory. I strongly encourage anyone to spend a year abroad if the opportunity arises. Do not be afraid to go far or to go alone, the adventure will be all the more exciting!

Updated on 14/11/2022