With a keen interest in culture, history and languages, Sara decided to take part in the Erasmus+ scheme. During the first term of her final year, she took her MPharm studies to the University of Padova in Italy, carrying out laboratory research for her dissertation on Parkinson's disease.
"I was excited and a little nervous to travel solo for the first time. The University of Reading provided great support - they ensured I was settling in well and maintained regular contact. They also provided financial support via the Erasmus+ grant, which helped fund a portion of my living costs in Italy."
Sara didn't hesitate to immerse herself in the Italian way of life. Although everyone spoke English in the labs, she enrolled onto an Italian language course, enabling her to engage with the locals over some good food and gelato. On weekends, she explored Italy's best known cities, including Venice, Verona, Naples and Rome.
"I knew this invaluable experience would allow me to meet new people and learn new things, such as travelling independently and the culture in a different country. It would also be a useful addition to my CV. I expanded my scientific skills by trying laboratory techniques and procedures I might not have tried had I not gone abroad."
Reading School of Pharmacy has global links, allowing you the chance to collaborate with peers from a range of countries. For example, if you study Pharmacy with us at Reading, you'll have the unique opportunity to undertake your final year project at the University of Reading Malaysia.
Sara has some advice if you're considering studying abroad:
"Embrace the opportunity and go for it! There's so much to learn, not only about the country you're heading to but about yourself too. It's an unforgettable experience."