15 Surprising Things about Studying Abroad in Canada

When I found out that I am going to study abroad at Carleton University, I did a lot of research about what to expect from living in Canada. I felt like I was quite ready for the cultural differences, but I quickly realised that there were a lot of things I was unprepared for.   At first, as I was dealing with homesickness, those things were quite … Continue reading 15 Surprising Things about Studying Abroad in Canada

Law at Leiden University: Solange’s Experience with Modules

As this post discusses law modules at Leiden, it may be a very niche blog, but I hope this will benefit any students who were in my position last year. I struggled to find information from previous students on Leiden’s modules and whether they were enjoyable, and so decided to write this in the hopes of helping a student who may be struggling to decide … Continue reading Law at Leiden University: Solange’s Experience with Modules

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Solange’s First Semester at Leiden University

“I’m in love with the Netherlands and I can’t wait for my second semester” I remember leaving the UK in August, excited and looking forward to my move to the Netherlands. Unusually for me, I had been very relaxed about the move; the enormity of the situation only hit me once I boarded the ferry and watched the white cliffs of Dover gradually shrink in … Continue reading Solange’s First Semester at Leiden University

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Leidens Ontzet – the Dutch Celebration You Can’t Miss!

It’s a celebration I wasn’t even aware of until I began studying in the Netherlands. Leidens Ontzet, also known simply as 3 Oktober, commemorates the anniversary of Leiden’s relief from the Spanish in 1574. The celebration completely shuts the city down on the 2nd and 3rd of October (including the university) and it definitely shouldn’t be missed – the parades, fairs, markets, fireworks, food and … Continue reading Leidens Ontzet – the Dutch Celebration You Can’t Miss!

Jasmine’s First Impressions of the University of New Mexico

I’ve decided to keep this blog short and sweet as I am rather busy: busy exploring my new desert home for the year! After a tiring journey from Cornish green countryside -London – Chicago – Albuquerque – I finally arrived. When I say ‘tiresome’, I truly mean it: a delay in Chicago due to a massive thunderstorm had me arriving in Albuquerque at about 2am. You know you’re tired when you fall asleep … Continue reading Jasmine’s First Impressions of the University of New Mexico

A Unique Year at the University of Minnesota

Whenever I told other students that I was on my year abroad, they immediately asked why it was that I chose the University of Minnesota, eagerly awaiting some sort of deep reason and explanation for why I decided to come to the heart of the Midwest. Truth is, I don’t have anything deep to say. I was drawn to the university’s promotional videos, impressed by … Continue reading A Unique Year at the University of Minnesota

Brooke’s Experience With Picking Classes at her Host University

If you’re anything like me, the opportunity to study modules outside of your usual subject area on your Study Abroad placement is potentially one of the selling points of the placement itself. Don’t get me wrong— I love the course I am on at UEA and I definitely wouldn’t be able to handle 3 years of anything much different. However, I am curious by nature, and I love … Continue reading Brooke’s Experience With Picking Classes at her Host University

Travelling in Tasmania – Vikki’s Advice for Seeing the Sights of Your Host Country

New Encounters Last week I had my Australian equivalent of a Reading Week, and my friends and I rented two camper vans and explored Tasmania, an island state – or more accurately, a mountainous beauty filled with scattered hidden bodies of water – found in the south-east of Australia. Below, I have listed three themes that I found to persist during my trip. And which … Continue reading Travelling in Tasmania – Vikki’s Advice for Seeing the Sights of Your Host Country

Can You Catch a Flight Without a Visa or a Passport? – Koshesai’s Travel Drama

Can you catch a flight without a visa or passport?  The title of this blog post should make you both laugh and also ask ‘is this girl seriously asking such a question?!’ but as I’m sure some of us know (maybe some more than others), all of us at one point or another have had our patience tested with this thing called a year abroad. Now, the best … Continue reading Can You Catch a Flight Without a Visa or a Passport? – Koshesai’s Travel Drama

Settling into UBCO – Kaitlin Shares Her Moving-In Story

The time has come – I have finally arrived in Canada and I could not be more excited to start a year studying in this amazing country!  Starting at a new university can be very scary: you’re acclimatising to new surroundings (and possibly a new time zone), moving into new accommodation, going shopping for food and furniture, starting new courses and meeting new people. All of … Continue reading Settling into UBCO – Kaitlin Shares Her Moving-In Story