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Study Abroad Blog

3 Great Places to Visit to Learn More About UK History

Posted by Victoria Crawshaw, Student Ambassador on Jan 1, 2019 2:00:00 PM

The UK has a diverse history and there are many places you can visit all throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland that allow you to learn more about this fascinating country and its heritage.

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Topics: History

Christmas Traditions in the UK vs. the US

Posted by Josie Phillipson, Student Ambassador on Dec 1, 2018 2:00:00 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

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

Posted by Clairre Abeyratne, Alumni Ambassador on Nov 1, 2018 2:00:00 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 Oct 1, 2018 2:00:00 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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Quirky Study Spots in London You Have to Visit

Posted by Kelsey Grode, ATP Advisor on Sep 1, 2018 1:00:00 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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Post study abroad life: HOW TO DEAL

Posted by Nadia Ibrahim-Taney on Aug 31, 2018 8:05:00 PM

We talk a lot about how best to prepare for going abroad or all the fantastically British things to do, see, eat and experience while abroad, but you probably haven’t read too much about what life will be like once you’re back from that fabulous study abroad experience. We’re going to outline a few tips on how to assimilate back in your home life while keeping a bit of Brit in you too!

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Topics: UK Study

World Cup 2018: Pick a Side!

Posted by Nadia Ibrahim-Taney on May 1, 2018 6:00:00 PM

The FIFA World Cup, or just the World Cup, occurs every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 due to the Second World War. The current champion is Germany, which won its fourth title at the 2014 tournament in Brazil. The competition involves a qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, to determine which teams qualify for the tournament phase, which is often called the World Cup Finals. 32 teams, including the automatically qualifying host nation, compete in the tournament phase for the title at venues within the host nation over a period of about a month.

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Topics: short term studying

Things To Do In Your Spare Time While Studying In The UK

Posted by Daniel Allen, ATP Student Ambassador on Apr 15, 2018 7:00:00 PM

As a student in the UK, much of your term time will be filled with lectures, coursework or revision. However, you’ll also find plenty of free time to make the most of. Based on my own experiences and interests, here are some ideas of things to do in the UK during your down-time…

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Topics: Student Ambassador

How to prepare for life after Study Abroad

Posted by Nadia Ibrahim-Taney on Apr 1, 2018 6:00:00 PM

We talk a lot about how best to prepare for going abroad or all the fantastically British things to do, see, eat and experience while abroad, but you probably haven’t read too much about what life will be like once you’re back from that fabulous study abroad experience. We’re going to outline a few tips on how to assimilate back in your home life while keeping a bit of Brit in you too!

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Topics: short term studying

How To Zip Across Europe Cheaply While Studying In The UK

Posted by Debra Register, ATP Student Ambassador on Mar 1, 2018 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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Topics: Student Ambassador