Name: Meruyert Donbayeva
Course Studied: MSc in Food industry and Agriculture
Studied at: Ecole Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers, France
What made you decide to study in France?
We live in a competitive world where we need to be competitive. Firstly, it means being professional and being out of the box. Secondly, my desire to study in France, as it helped me discover other methods of work for better efficiency and productivity.
Why did you choose to study at L’Ecole Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers?
The main interest was in the program that the School suggested. It is a sandwich program that included both internship at the dairy company and classes at the school. The length of internship is ideal to gain professional competencies in dairy technologies.
In addition, it is worth mentioning the international recognition of Ecole Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers that the School has earned - that influenced my School choice.
What did your family and friends think of your decision to study abroad?
They were very happy, but at the same time, worried because I have never left my family for a long time. They came to visit me in France.
What were the main differences you found between studying in your home country and studying in France?
The most valuable thing is team work. There were many group projects, while in Kazakhstan it’s more individual.
How did you adapt to living in a different country?
I realized that I was going to foreign country, but I could not even imagine that there were so many differences, for instance in climate. Winters are soft and warm in France, while it’s quite cold in Kazakhstan. We didn’t wear warm clothing like in Kazakhstan.
What did you enjoy most about your experience?
Travelling across Europe is easy and convenient. Geographically the countries are close to each other, tickets to any European destination are also in abundance.
What advice would you give to students considering studying in Europe?
Our world is open for possibilities and people are ready for networking, just as this forum, which brings together people from different countries. Firstly, Europe is already the capital of the intersection of science and experience. There are many different scholarships and programs which offer the opportunity to see the world through a different angle.
How do you think your time abroad has helped your studies and/or your career?
It was very efficient as I was offered a job in the Lactalis Group afterwards.