“The culture shock I experienced came in the physical representation of my first breakfast burrito…”, American Studies student, James, on his year at the University of New Mexico.

            At risk of sounding unbearably cliché, it is tricky to know the best way to summarise the best year of my life in, give or take, five hundred words. Rewind to exactly one year ago today and I was heading off, exceptionally nervously, on my study abroad placement to the University of New Mexico….

“UEA has broadened my horizons, on a global scale, and on a more personal and intimate scale.” Nick from Western Kentucky University on studying Literature and Creative writing at UEA.

I began university without a single thought of studying abroad. It was something I never considered, and honestly, something that never interested me. I was the person who was so focused on my degree and climbing my way up the ladder of ‘theatrical politics’ that it never occurred to me that studying abroad was a…