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Study Across The Pond US Blog

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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How to watch TV without A TV As A Budgeting Student

Posted by Alec Pierce, ATP Student Ambassador on Feb 16, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Watching television as a student can be a tricky thing, what with satellite/cable service and any television of decent quality costing a small fortune. However, there shouldn’t be a reason for worry as there are many ways to watch television in the UK without having to invest in a television.

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Opportunities To Travel While Studying In The UK

Posted by Alec Pierce, ATP Student Ambassador on Feb 12, 2017 12:00:00 AM

There are many of the wonderful opportunities to travel while studying at a UK university, and I am making sure I’m not missing out. Only in the last week I have travelled to both Germany AND France!

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How To Find Part-Time Work While Studying in the UK

Posted by Debra Register, ATP Student Ambassador on Feb 10, 2017 7:00:00 PM

I think like most students (undergrad or graduate), a part-time job is essential for making ends meet and keeping our budgets on track. In my first week in the UK, I was delighted to find out that the University of Kent has multiple programs to assist students in finding a job. They ensure that you are able to find work that suits your class schedules and still allow for time to enjoy some free time. So, how do you start searching for a job as an international student?

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