I spent a very memorable semester at TONA as a part of my Erasmus Mundus MSc in Photonics course. I had the opportunity to learn from the very best of the faculty in the field of photonics. The classes were very enjoyable and my understanding of the field has increased many folds. Usually, it is very challenging for a foreign student to adapt to a new cultural and learning environment; however the professors at TONA were very friendly and helped me to settle into the new system with ease. In this semester not only have I built upon theoretical concepts, but have also gained valuable hands-on experience with optical components. This, in all was a great learning experience and it will surely benefit me in my future endeavors.