My Study Abroad Story: The Beginning

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Looks like it’s official now: I just signed my contract to go on an exchange at University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. Of course, there are still a few details left, like submitting some documents and visas and all that, but from what I understand I am now financially obligated to pay for my exchange in Spring 2016.

It’s really exciting and I thought that to honor all the study abroad students out there as well as tell you all about my experience with it from the beginning, I thought I’d start a whole new series of posts (right now I’m also working on Tip-sy Tuesdays, you may have noticed those).

As of now, there are a million things I am concerned about: courses, housing, extracurriculars, meeting people and of course paying for the whole thing. Even though I’ll be paying my regular UW tuition, there are a few additional catches like the conversion rate from dollar-to-pound being absolutely horrific and everything in the UK costing a ton. So right now the main thing on my mind is finding scholarships to pay for the housing and personal expenses. I’ve started a new “Resources” page up on the top of the page if you wanna check that out, and the “Scholarships” section will be updated right as I look for my scholarships. Meanwhile, does anyone have any recommendations for good websites? I linked a few in this post

Other than that, I am completely pumped to do this. I feel like this experience will be very important for my education and personal growth, and I am feeling very good about doing this for myself. I also think that I would be kicking myself my whole life if it didn’t work out. So, here is a shout-out to my wonderful parents who work so hard to give me all the resources I can get in my college career!

This summer I’ll also get a chance to visit London, which will give me an opportunity to explore the area a bit and get a glimpse of what I’ll see next Spring. Surely, the tourist view is completely different from a student’s point of view, but at least it won’t be a crazy shocking thing to dive into.

Coming up next: choosing a program

Has anyone gone on an exchange or any study abroad program through university or even an independent company? What were your experiences?

  • Moira Ann Desphy

    I just returned from my summer at USussex! I’m sure you’ll love it, it’s truly an unforgettable experience. Best wishes!

    • Kat

      Oh my goodness! I have so many questions for you, Moira!!! I’ll send you an email :)

  • I’ve recently been accepted to go on a study abroad program at UCLA so I’m travelling from my London based university for that. I’m so excited it’s going to be such an adventure. Best of luck for your journey.

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