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Study Across The Pond US Blog

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

Quirky Study Spots in London You Have to Visit

Posted by Kelsey Grode, ATP Advisor on Sep 26, 2017 2:00:00 PM

1. The British Library

The British Library is the national library of the UK, and is the second largest library in the world (behind the Library of Congress in D.C.). This library is home to more than 170 million items, 13.9 million of which as books! Some of the manuscripts date back to 2000 B.C. Any resource you need is available – or the amazing libarians will find it for you!

When you need a quick study break, the library also has quirky exhibits on display, ranging from Alice in Wonderland to British Punk Rock bands of the 1970s! If you work up an appetite from studying, the British Library has two cafeterias, and is surrounded by lots of pubs and restaurants.

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Distances Apart Can Bring Us Closer Together

Posted by Alec Pierce, ATP Student Ambassador on Sep 19, 2017 11:25:16 PM

Studying in the United Kingdom has given me many things, ranging from a newfound taste for vegan Shepherd’s pie to a gratitude for the London Underground. One of the most important gifts which my two semesters abroad have bestowed upon me, however, is an increased appreciation for my friends and family.

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UK Summer Events Not To Miss

Posted by Kelsey Austin, ATP Student Ambassador on Aug 15, 2017 3:39:00 PM

Long ago, Samuel Johnson said, “if you are tired of London you are tired of life.” However, I think what he actually meant was, “if you are tired of the UK in the summertime, when there are a million fun things going on at any given time, you are tired of life.”

Although summertime can be more fleeting than in North America, that doesn’t stop the Brits from throwing some amazing parties and festivals. A wonderful way to integrate your ex-pat self is to dive head first into these cultural event, like hearing some great music, seeing fabulous comedy or taking a road-trip to a festival in the middle of nowhere. Some of these events take place in August, which means it’s not too late to attend, otherwise, be sure to check out what is on for Summer 2018!

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Topics: Student Ambassador

Life After Lectures

Posted by Olivia Morris, ATP Student Advisor on Aug 7, 2017 4:30:00 PM

The English university system is unique because it consists of limited interaction time between students and university staff and many independent study hours, consisting of homework and reading. Because of this, lecture time is minimal and very valuable, but what do you do with the rest of your time?

Here is my guide to making the most of your life after lectures:

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Topics: Lifestyle, Undergraduate, England

Student Travel Tips While Studying Abroad

Posted by Kelsey Austin, ATP Student Ambassador on Jul 10, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something absolutely magical about European travel. It's a scenic train ride through the Lake District, being able to see Big Ben as your plane swoops down into London, and sipping wine in the gorgeous plaza of *enter exotic European destination here*. Even with a student budget paired with a chaotic uni schedule, a cheeky holiday is never out of the question. Here are my top tips and go-to websites to maximize time traveling around the United Kingdom and over to mainland Europe.

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Topics: Student Ambassador

Make the Most of Your University Papers and Presentations

Posted by Debra Register, ATP Student Ambassador on Jul 1, 2017 7:00:00 PM

As a drama student, you are expected to feel reasonably comfortable presenting in front of a crowd of people, and for the most part that is true. However, it’s the creation of the presentations where the stress can seem overwhelming. Through trial and error, I figured out some important points on how to make my presentations stand out and get noticed in all the best ways.

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Topics: Student Ambassador

What Not to Forget Before You Leave for the UK

Posted by Ashley Jeanson, ATP Advisor on Jul 1, 2017 5:00:00 PM

So you’re at the point where you’ve accepted an offer from a UK university. You have your visa, and you’ve paid your deposit. Now it’s time to pack! As former-students-turned-Advisors, here are our tips on what not to forget before you hop on your flight to the UK!

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Topics: Lifestyle