As part of the Startup Semester study abroad program, students from around the world are learning about about entrepreneurship and technology while growing their global networks. We heard from Anushka, Johannes, Jaideep, and Anant about their favorite aspects of the Startup Semester program. Keep an eye out for other upcoming student features!


Anushka Purohit, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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Major: Electronic and computer engineering

“What drew me to the startup semester program is that it did not matter what major I was pursuing. Back in Hong Kong, what major you do is very indicative of what you’re going to do in the future. Over there I never got a chance to explore the business world.”


Johannes Salmisaari, Aalto University

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Major: Economics, entrepreneurship

“At [UC Berkeley] and in the entrepreneurship system, everyone is supportive of one another and it has been very valuable overall… I’ve learned what it takes to make a company over here [in the U.S.]”


Jaideep Cherukuri, SRM University

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Major: Computer Science and Engineering

“My experience at UC Berkeley has been phenomenal so far. All of my classes were highly practical. It has been great working with students from different backgrounds.”


Anant Mishra, SRM University

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Major: Computer Science

“People at [the Startup Semester] are super supportive. You learn a lot of things, and you have a lot of exposure and opportunities. Why can’t I be here for four years? Why only six months? Everything is excellent.”

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