Yaw Osei Sampaney Agyei
Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Country of origin: Ghana
Study course: Master in Management of Built Environment
Why did you decide to study abroad?
My whole educational life has been in my home country Ghana. I wanted to experience and acquire the necessary skills in my chosen field (i.e. Construction) and learn international ways of working. I am a great fan of documentaries about construction and the large number of methods, techniques and technologies; and the management of the built environment made me realise there are a lot of skills I need to acquire. I decided there is no better place to learn these techniques than in Italy where construction has evolved throughout different eras.
What made you decide on this university?
I chose Politecnico di Milano because it was ranked as the best university in Italy in the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16 and they offered my preferred programme in English. Also the funding is well-organized in Italy.
How is your experience of studying abroad?
I was surprised how few people in Milan could express themselves in English. This made it difficult to get certain things done, for example getting the ID card and monthly travel subscription. Milan is a busy city with beautiful places to visit. One of them is the magnificent cathedral. You simply can’t leave Milan without visiting it. I find the living expenses pretty high. Other students who visited countries in Europe, like Germany and the Netherlands, told me that transportation costs are relatively low in Milan. In my opinion people in the north of Italy are less approachable than people who live in the south of Italy. Of course there are exceptions to this.
Why do you think others should not miss out on studying at your university
The beautiful ancient buildings and the panoramic views in Milan are jaw-dropping. Also the employment rate of graduates from Politecnico di Milano is very high.