Study Abroad Program student profile - Carlos Navarro Mingarro

Study Abroad Program student from Spain

At home in Spain I was coming up to the final year of my degree in Civil Engineering. I wanted to do something different, something that would really challenge me and make a difference to my university experience. Then I heard about the Study Abroad program and I thought ‘why not’.

Some of my friends were thinking about going to study somewhere else in Europe but I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and take the opportunity to go to a place where I could improve my English. There were really only two English-speaking countries with world-class engineering schools that fit the bill – USA and Australia. So I chose Australia because it’s just about the furthest you can get from Spain. I thought I may never have an opportunity like this to travel to Australia again, so I decided to apply to come to UNSW.

When I arrived I chose to major in Water Engineering. Little did I know that I would be required to know something about chemistry. I had never really done much chemistry before, because it’s not a big thing among Civil Engineering courses at home. It was a real challenge to get up to speed, and I had to make a huge effort to understand what the professors were saying in my Advanced Water Quality course. It was a fantastic challenge and I learned a lot from the experience.

Life at UNSW is great. The university has a fantastic on-campus social scene. Apart from going to the beach, which is just down the road, there is very little you can’t do on campus. I will never forget my first impression of UNSW during O-week, everyone was so welcoming and took time to show all the new students, and the not so new students, what they could do in their spare time. I think being a member of the clubs and societies is the best way to meet new people, experience different cultures and maybe even discover a genuine passion for something new and different.

I really love studying here. There are so many amazing opportunities for students both in and out of the classroom. When I graduate, if I have the chance to come back again to study a PhD, I wouldn’t need to think twice about it.