“The culture shock I experienced came in the physical representation of my first breakfast burrito…”, American Studies student, James, on his year at the University of New Mexico.

            At risk of sounding unbearably cliché, it is tricky to know the best way to summarise the best year of my life in, give or take, five hundred words. Rewind to exactly one year ago today and I was heading off, exceptionally nervously, on my study abroad placement to the University of New Mexico….

“I never abandoned my study abroad journey; it is with me whenever I rise to a new challenge.”, UEA alumni and Study Abroad Administrator Grace on working as a British Council Teaching Assistant.

My study abroad journey began, unknowingly at the time, as an eighteen year old au pair, when I spent the summer in Buxy, a quaint, chocolate-box village surrounded by the infamous French vineyards of Burgundy. I enjoyed the fresh taste of independence as an au pair, along with the rural French lifestyle, where mobile phone…