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Study Across The Pond US Blog

You Say 'Tomato' and I Say 'TomAto': Just How Different is Studying in the UK?

Posted by KJ Neun, ATP Student Ambassador on Apr 21, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Deciding to move from America to study in Britain is one-part exciting and one-part terrifying. Why? Because it’s different. But just how different is it? 

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Make the Most of Your Easter Break

Posted by Ashley Hackworth, ATP Student Ambassador on Apr 20, 2017 7:00:00 PM

A two week ‘Easter Break’? Don’t mind if I do! As an American, I was not familiar with Easter holidays before I moved to the UK, but it turns out it’s pretty much the equivalent of our Spring Break, although it starts earlier and lasts longer. Being new to UK education, I had no idea what an Easter break involved for students. What you do with your free time is up to you, but the main reason for the extended break is to prepare for exams and catch up on the semester’s assignments.

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Staying Fit and Healthy While Studying Abroad

Posted by Debra Register, ATP Student Ambassador on Apr 17, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Staying or getting fit while at university might seem impossible, but it’s actually a lot easier than you might think, and fun! Staying active is important to me, so this was something I intended to prioritize when studying abroad. Here are my 5 ideas to keep fit in a way that suits your preferences and lifestyle while studying at a UK university.

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Cornwall: One of the Top Places to Visit in the UK

Posted by Alyssa Spang, ATP Student Ambassador on Apr 12, 2017 3:42:44 PM

Looking back to September 2016, I see a new MA student surrounded by UK-inspired questions. I wanted to know what to expect when I moved here, but I’d never been across the pond before. My Google search history was filled with queries along the lines of “What are the best places to visit in the UK?” and “What are some things Americans get wrong about the UK?”

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London's Finest Coffee Shops For Studying

Posted by Alyssa Spang, ATP Student Ambassador on Mar 29, 2017 7:00:00 PM

I’m a bit finicky in that I don’t like to work at home nor do I particularly like working in a library. Home is too casual and a library is too quiet. I prefer an ideal mixture of the two: a laid-back atmosphere with hushed conversation, good music, and even better coffee.

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LGBTQ+ Diversity and Choosing Your UK University

Posted by Olivia Morris, ATP Student Advisor on Mar 14, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Finding the perfect university extends past test scores and the aesthetic of the campus grounds. Like many other minorities, being queer forces you to do research into crime rates, safe spaces, and the LGBTQ+ scene overall. We cannot assume it is safe to be ourselves at all times. The last thing you want is to commit to an institution you don’t feel entirely welcomed or involved. 

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Grocery Shopping on a Student Budget

Posted by Alexandra Hutterer, ATP Student Ambassador on Mar 10, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Grocery shopping in the UK is first and formerly a ball, seriously! Yes, we have a lot of similar brands and items (if not the same) back home in North America, however, in the UK all the baked goods, scones and selections of tea are vast, not to mention absolutely delicious.

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How To Zip Across Europe Cheaply While Studying In The UK

Posted by Debra Register, ATP Student Ambassador on Mar 5, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Having chosen a university close to both London and the south-east of England, I have been able to zip around Europe for small getaways with ease - and inexpensively! Even if you are studying in the north of England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland it is still a breeze to travel. There are many opportunities for booking reasonable flights, trains and buses.

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University Grading in the UK

Posted by Michelle Decker, ATP Advisor on Mar 1, 2017 5:00:00 PM

When you embark on your UK university experience, one thing you may not think about is the differences between the US and UK educational systems. Remember that the UK and the US grade on a different scale, and you may get a shock when you receive your first few graded assignments. Don’t panic if you receive a lower grade which you are used; in most cases, you will be graded on a scale of 0-100% with most students receiving marks between 40-70%. Unlike in North America, a grade above 70% is viewed as extremely high and only a small percentage of students are awarded this grade. It may take some adjustment, but you’ll soon get used to the UK system!

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Topics: Undergraduate, Graduate

5 Reasons Why a US Student Should Study Their Degree In The UK

Posted by The ATP Advisors on Feb 28, 2017 12:57:00 PM

Studying abroad may seem like a costly upheaval compared to continuing higher education back home. There are, however, a host of benefits to studying in a different country. But, why choose the UK? We list 5 reasons why a North American student should take their degree across the pond…

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Topics: Undergraduate