A De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) Architecture student has had work showcased at the world-famous Louis Vuitton headquarters.
Joseph Royle, currently in France for a year said: “It’s been simultaneously the most challenging and rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
Studying in Orléans, as part of an Erasmus+ placement year with #DMUglobal, Joseph showed designs for a pavilion structure to employees of the fashion giant.
He said: “My team and I showcased in particular a design where the employees can work, relax and eat.
“It was an intense experience to say the least, I had to introduce, explain and answer all questions in French.
“It was particularly nerve-racking; but by the end of it I became a lot more comfortable, it gave me a huge sense of pride to be able to communicate in such a strong way.”
The #DMUglobal opportunity has seen Joseph embrace a different lifestyle, something he is very appreciative of.
The 20-year-old continued: “Working and interacting with people from around the world has allowed me to learn how they work, you learn a lot about people’s work-ethic and punctuality.
“I’ve drastically improved my French on different levels and I’ve also learnt to be much more patient with everything in life, from people to parcel delivery."
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The placement has also given Joseph the opportunity to travel mainland Europe, in just three months; he has visited Paris, Milan and Brussels, among others, and made plenty of international connections and friendships along the way.
He said: “I’ve made friends from all over the world now, I’ve been invited to visit them in India, Bali, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic and Spain to name a few.
“You get to meet so many different cultures and you immediately learn so much.”
#DMUglobal is the university’s programme which gives students the chance to experience different cultures throughout their degree, something which Joseph recommends to everyone. The Erasmus+ opportunity gives students the chance to spend a semester or year at one of DMU’s partner universities in Europe.
Joseph added: “I feel like future employers will be intrigued and see my placement as a thing of interest.
“I’d definitely consider working abroad in the future now, knowing that I’m more than capable of starting a new life in a different country.
“I’d say to students thinking of taking part, don’t hesitate, just do it, you’ll more likely regret not taking part.”
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Posted on Tuesday 2nd February 2016