Staying Safe Abroad – Hong Kong Protests

In the weeks leading up to my departure, my host country has been in the midst of political unrest. As the situation intensifies, this blog post is going to be about how I plan to stay safe on my year abroad and how you can use these tips to ensure you do too! The news is where we go to become more informed on stories … Continue reading Staying Safe Abroad – Hong Kong Protests

Meet the FCO Brand Ambassador – Emma Watkins

Travelling is an incredible concept. The idea that you can up sticks, move yourself to an unknown culture and immerse yourself in two days, two weeks or even two months of unadulterated learning is fantastic. It’s something we often take for granted. The fact that we have the ability to physically and financially travel, to gain knowledge, experience customs so far removed from our own, … Continue reading Meet the FCO Brand Ambassador – Emma Watkins

“UEA is unique in that it is one of the only universities to offer the split-year” Amelia on her experiences at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the University of Hong Kong

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” ― Miriam Adeney How does one compare two very distinct experiences? It’s almost impossible but also grossly unfair. Why should I have to choose a winner or loser when I … Continue reading “UEA is unique in that it is one of the only universities to offer the split-year” Amelia on her experiences at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the University of Hong Kong

“Hong Kong is a city to discover and learn to love in your own way” Scarlet at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Hong Kong is home to 7.2 million people and weighs in at 1,104km², known for its high rises and it’s ¾ countryside. Norfolk is 5,371km² and doesn’t even break a million people. Five months ago during my airport commute from the lush green hills of Norfolk to an abundance of dirty looking skyscrapers in Hong Kong, I was questioning what the hell I had done. … Continue reading “Hong Kong is a city to discover and learn to love in your own way” Scarlet at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

“With 100% of my being I urge you to break out of your comfort zone, choose the split-year and reap its rewards” Amelia at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the University of Hong Kong

When pressed to decide whether to stay at one institution for a whole year or to choose the split-year, I was in a terrible conundrum. Remaining in America would give me the freedom to travel north, south, east and west (basically as many places as I could physically squeeze in), immerse myself in all of the typical American college experiences like joining a sorority, playing for a sports team, as well as the opportunity to drown myself in burgers, … Continue reading “With 100% of my being I urge you to break out of your comfort zone, choose the split-year and reap its rewards” Amelia at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the University of Hong Kong

“Every day I’m challenged and dared to push myself in ways I didn’t expect” Clara on her experiences at the University of Massachusetts, USA and the University of Hong Kong

When I began my studies at UEA nearly three years ago I never pictured myself spending my year abroad in two such different parts of the world. I spent my first term studying at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst enjoying the amazing Fall scenery and immersing myself in aspects of American culture that I had never experienced before. I’m now spending my second term … Continue reading “Every day I’m challenged and dared to push myself in ways I didn’t expect” Clara on her experiences at the University of Massachusetts, USA and the University of Hong Kong