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?