Read about Pavlina Crowley's experience of exchange in Pune, India on the Journal website:
"Queen’s boasts an impressive array of countries in its list of exchange programs . The 54 destinations range from more conventional choices, like Scotland and France, to newer programs, like the Ontario-Maharashtra-Goa exchange to India. This past winter, I travelled to the University of Pune in western India with this program.
"I left in January, shortly after the now infamous Delhi gang rape. My parents, needless to say, were concerned about my well-being. The partnership with the University of Pune is a relatively new one, and declaring myself an exchange student in the office at Pune was met by a confused shuffling of papers and an array of small fees, while my presence in the classroom was often met with puzzled stares.
"The attempt to create a partnership with a university, unaccustomed to exchange students from any school so many miles away, not least from the new affiliate, Queen’s, can’t be easy. I find the endeavour praiseworthy and rewarding."