“It is a challenge that is worth it.” Sarah at Temple University, USA

I am currently studying at Temple University in Philadelphia and I have been here for about three months at this point. As an American Studies student I feel lucky to be studying in one of the oldest, most historically-rich cities in America. Philadelphia is an incredible place to be a student, if occasionally intimidating and…

“You don’t realise how many opportunities the world has to offer until you take a deep breath and give yourself the chance to explore.” Alanah on the University of California – Santa Barbara

Before I arrived at University of California – Santa Barbara in September 2017, the words “studying abroad” never failed to terrify me. Despite having so much time to prepare myself for the experience, the concept of living in a different country and embracing a new culture never came to me without fears and doubts. The…

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…

“Step out of your comfort zone and think about what you want to do with your year in order to get the most out of it.” UEA Alumni Suzanne on her time at the University of Arizona (2005-06)

I studied American Studies at UEA from 2003-2007 and in my third year (2005-06) I did a year abroad at the University of Arizona in Tucson. One thing that I had not prepared for, mentally, was just how different Tucson would be. Yes, logically speaking, Arizona and Norfolk could not be more different. Knowing this will…

Reverse Culture Shock: Advice from the Incoming Study Abroad Ambassador

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…

“Studying abroad was absolutely, totally, and entirely one of the best decisions that I have ever made” – Lily on her experiences at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

My study abroad experience took place at the historic University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (UNC). As someone that is obsessed with American history, particularly the history of the South, UNC seemed like an obvious choice. Coupled with the fact that it is considered to be one of the best universities in the US…

“My year abroad and being part of the band has given me the chance to meet incredible people, do incredible things and go to incredible places.” Jack at the University of Oregon, USA

My year abroad has taken place at the University of Oregon, a friendly campus located in the state of Oregon. The University is in the small city of Eugene, which itself is nestled within the Willamette Valley, a vast and beautiful landscape of mountains, forests and rivers. The University boasts a range of facilities and accolades,…