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How to Make the Most of Networking During your Studies Abroad

Posted by Michelle Decker, ATP Advisor on Jan 16, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Most of us aim to study with thoughts of a future job in mind. One of the best parts of studying abroad is that it opens up many avenues of networking that can lead to new contacts and resources that can help your future self, whether it be in the job market or even just for some tips and tricks down the line. Here are some of the best ways to network during your studies in the UK!

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5 Fun Things You Might Not Know About Wales

Posted by Claire Crown, ATP Student Advisor on Jan 2, 2018 7:25:13 PM

When I realized that I would be studying in Wales, my father did what many parents do and found some books about Wales. We spent a while flipping through the books, trying to find information about Aberystwyth (Aber-wrist-with), where I'd planned to study, and enjoyed the various facts we stumbled into along the way. However, some of the most interesting facts about Wales are best learned by visiting in person. Here are some things I have learned about Wales from my time studying here:

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Topics: Wales

Christmas Traditions in the UK vs. the US

Posted by Josie Phillipson, Student Ambassador on Dec 23, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Differences

Sometimes I forget how completely, and amazingly might I add, different England is from America. We may speak the same language (sort of), but there’s also so much that we don’t have in common. For example, while the holiday rush in the last two months of the year in the US is focused on Thanksgiving and Christmas, in the England it’s focused around Guy Fawkes Day, Remembrance Day and Christmas.

If you can imagine celebrating the US Independence day in November, then you have successfully imagined Guy Fawkes Day. On November 5th every year, and the days leading up to, a slew of fireworks are set off all day long all around England in celebration of Guy Fawkes day. It’s a strange experience as an American where I’m used to watching fireworks on a hot July day in sandals, a pair of shorts and some ice tea, whereas here I was in my full winter ensemble with a hot cocoa in hand.

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Topics: British Traditions

Home Is Where The Heart Is (Topic: How to Cope With Being Away From Home for a Year)

Posted by Alexandra Doe, Alumni Ambassador on Dec 19, 2017 3:00:00 PM

I’ll never forget the burst of excitement I felt as I walked off the plane in Manchester. I wore my backpack (the big one I’d use for weekend travel trips) and a huge smile (the kind that you can’t wipe off your face). After hours of preparation, I was finally in England – my new home for the next year. I found the bus that would shuttle me to the University of Sheffield, and an hour later, I was dropped off just outside my new flat. I checked in and was led to my room. None of my flatmates were around, so I decided to unpack before venturing out to find some food for dinner. It didn’t take long to organize my tiny room, so I sat on my bed, staring up at the pictures I’d taped to the wall. It was then that it hit me – I wouldn’t see any of the people that I loved the most for an entire year. I burst into tears, imagining all the things I might miss while I was gone. Unsure of how to make sense of what I was feeling, I decided to wander around Sheffield to clear my head. As I tried to follow a map, I looked up just in time to see the perfect advice. On what I later found out is the Psychology building (one of my classrooms), was a quote by Albert Einstein: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to never stop questioning."

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Interesting British Words and Phrases You Might Want to Know Before Studying in the UK

Posted by Clairre Abeyratne, Alumni Ambassador on Dec 5, 2017 4:00:00 PM

It was comforting to know that I would be studying abroad in another English-speaking country, however, one of my biggest concerns was losing points on assignments by forgetting “u” in “colour” or if my writing style wasn’t “proper” (British) English. Turns out, professors did not mind the US spelling (for the most part), were quite understanding, and well prepared for students to come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, languages, often non-native speakers. 

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Why You Should Consider Studying Outside of London

Posted by Josie Phillipson, Student Ambassador on Nov 21, 2017 8:00:00 PM

Community Connection

Since living in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, UK, I’ve noticed that it is best to leave my house at least 20 minutes early for anywhere I need to be. Not because of traffic (I walk everywhere). Simply because the connections that you make with the locals in your community are unlike anything that you could experience living in the big city of London. I truly live in a town where ‘everybody knows your name’. 

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Entry Clearance into the UK – Don’t Go It Alone!

Posted by Ashley Griffith, US Manager on Nov 14, 2017 3:00:00 PM

If you’re a non-UK or EU student interested in studying in the UK for six months or more, you will need a Tier 4 Student Visa in order to enter the country.

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UCAS – What Is It, Why You Need to Use It, and How We Can Help

Posted by Ashley Griffith, US Manager on Nov 7, 2017 3:00:00 PM

If you’re an American student looking to apply to universities in Great Britain, you probably didn’t get very far in the process before you encountered a very unfamiliar acronym – UCAS.

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Topics: Bachelor

4 Things You Should Know Before Studying in the UK

Posted by Stephen Ray, ATP Advisor on Nov 7, 2017 2:00:00 PM

1. Be Culturally Aware

While the UK is not wildly different from other English speaking countries, making sure you’re culturally aware can go a long way towards making friends and keeping yourself socially connected. No one is asking or expecting you to know every single thing about the country or its history, but knowing you’re in Northern Ireland instead of the Republic of Ireland is an example of an important distinction that would go a long way towards showing you’ve tried to do your homework. Usually, when people find you’ve made an effort, they’re more likely to do the same themselves, and it’ll help you build new relationships with people in the UK.

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Whatever the Weather - A Blog about British Climate Concerns

Posted by Josie Phillipson, Student Ambassador on Oct 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Leaving the comforts of sunny San Diego, California to come to the UK, which is infamous for its cloudy rainy days, was at first a challenge for me. I had been acclimated to 365 days of summer where the winter temperatures are comparable to UK’s summer weather! I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a good fit; and I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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Topics: England, weather

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