Why Doing a Split-Year Was the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made

When I first decided to study American History with a year abroad, whilst I knew that UEA offered a split-year abroad, I was certain I was going to spend my whole time away at one university. I didn’t want to get settled at a university, start to make friends, only to have to up and leave after four months. This is what I told myself … Continue reading Why Doing a Split-Year Was the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made

“If you can live abroad, you really can do anything”, UEA Alumna, Rachel, on returning home.

It’s been three years since I set off on my year abroad. Splitting the year between studying at universities in France and Spain was a challenge I have never regretted taking on, and like many students returning home to start their final year at university, I felt I had come back a different person to the one who had set off on the Eurostar only … Continue reading “If you can live abroad, you really can do anything”, UEA Alumna, Rachel, on returning home.

“A side dish of grasshoppers” – student Khalea offers some tips (but not advice!) on getting the most out of your time abroad.

One of the most important lessons I will take with me from my year abroad is to express thoughts and feelings in first person singular in order to avoid generalisations and speaking for others. So, I can’t tell you what specific challenges you will face or give concrete advice on how to deal with them, nor can I list the ways in which your life … Continue reading “A side dish of grasshoppers” – student Khalea offers some tips (but not advice!) on getting the most out of your time abroad.

“Don’t hesitate, you CAN do it, and you WILL reap the benefits.” Phoebe on her split year in Arizona, USA, and Wellington, New Zealand

I have just returned from what has been, without question of a doubt, the best thing I have done so far in 22 years of life. Not only did I get to study abroad, I got to do it in two different countries. I spent the first semester in the red Arizona desert, and the second in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, the world’s infamously wet … Continue reading “Don’t hesitate, you CAN do it, and you WILL reap the benefits.” Phoebe on her split year in Arizona, USA, and Wellington, New Zealand

“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

“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

“I’ve had the best year of my life in Latin America” – Alexandra who did a split-year in Chile and Argentina.

I started my time abroad in July 2014 flying to Buenos Aires, Argentina where a friend and I began our travels around the Southern Cone of Latin America. We visited Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, which is where I settled to begin my semester abroad. Living with a family in Concepcion made it easier to adapt to Chilean Life (and the bread heavy diet!), they were keen … Continue reading “I’ve had the best year of my life in Latin America” – Alexandra who did a split-year in Chile and Argentina.