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
Some say that studying abroad will be the best time of your life – but it doesn’t have to be. If you look at your year abroad as the start of a race, and not the finish, you can implement the skills and experiences gained abroad to ensure the rest of your years aren’t spent reminiscing on the great time you had once, but forging … Continue reading The next steps after your time abroad – Tips from Study Abroad Ambassador Will.
Returning Home In your final year you may find it a little daunting coming back when some of your friends have graduated. My philosophy when I returned was to treat it like another year abroad. There will be students on their year abroad on your course wanting to make friends with people from the UK, so talk to them! Bond over the fact that they’re … Continue reading Reflections from a returnee study abroad student on coming home and planning your next adventure…
Returning home from a year abroad can seem like a daunting task – you’ve made new friends, adapted to a new way of studying, and travelled to some amazing places. This return to your previous life can lead to experiencing what is known as reverse culture shock. Initially when you return you may feel resentment to the place you come back to; a lot of … Continue reading Tips on dealing with reverse culture shock from Study Abroad Ambassador Will, who studied at Temple University, USA.
After finishing your study abroad program you may find yourself back in Norwich and at UEA thinking, ‘oh no, I’m going to graduate soon and I have NO idea what I’m going to do…’ After starting my fourth and final year at UEA, in Film and American Studies, I found myself in that exact conundrum. Now I’ve graduated and I still don’t have answers to all … Continue reading “You’ll only regret the things you don’t do, so don’t miss out on the chance to study abroad.” Advice from a recent UEA Study Abroad graduate
We, as UEA study abroad students, are by no means ill-prepared or supported. Before leaving we are told of the excitement, the opportunity, the highs and the lows of spending a year abroad but we’re also warned of the formidable ‘reverse culture shock’. The feelings of isolation and confusion experienced by a lot of students after returning from their time away. After months of adapting to … Continue reading Reverse Culture Shock: Advice from the Incoming Study Abroad Ambassador
Everyone talks a lot about going away, the challenges and excitements of going abroad and all the stories you will come back with. And so they should. Spending time abroad can be some of the best experiences of your life, they form you and challenge you in ways few others things can, but there’s always the constant, dull reminder of your return tossing and turning … Continue reading “Studying abroad changes you, it isn’t always easy, but it should never be bad” Milly on her return from Temple University, Philadelphia, USA
About halfway into my study abroad program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) I had a panic. In America I was having the time of my life, travelling, meeting people from all over the world, and discovering so much about myself, but then it hit me: I would have to go back to England. So after 11 months, 15 states, and countless … Continue reading Reverse Culture Shock: Advice for Your Return from Studying Abroad from the Outgoing Study Abroad Ambassador