Post year abroad reverse culture shock? – Milly Godfrey

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…

Goucher College & Vietnam Travels

Goucher College, Baltimore As Goucher is such an inclusive and cheery place, the year abroad whizzed by, until I left in mid May 2016. As it is such a small campus, after a month of studying there, everything from accommodation, fellow students and staff to dining halls began to feel so familiar. In October 2015…

You’ve Changed?

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 Berkeley Bubble

  I’m over 9 weeks into my year abroad at the University of California, Berkeley and I feel it’s that time in the semester where a bit of reflection would be a nice break from the 100 pages of reading, 4 problem sets, 3 journal entries, 2 presentations and 1 group project due tomorrow –…

Return and Reverse Culture Shock

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…

East-Meets-West: A Reluctant Comparison

“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…