One of the best ways to make the most of your study abroad experience in the UK or Ireland is to get involved in on-campus clubs or activities!
For UC students going abroad for the fall term, there will be an activities fair during your first few weeks at your host instiution where you can learn all about the on-campus clubs and activities available to you as a student. In the UK, student organisations are often referred to as ‘societies’ rather than clubs, but don’t let that scare you – they are a great way to meet other students and really immerse yourself in the local culture!
Many UC students opt to join sport societies while abroad. This is a great way to stay fit while also making friends! One UC Berkeley student who studied abroad during the fall of 2014 at King’s College London had this to say about her experience joining the King’s volleyball team:
“[One] way to get to know local students and UK culture is to participate in a sports team. By making it through the try-out session I am selected to be the Libero of the King’s Volleyball Team, where I got the chance to practice with local students, travel and play against other top UK schools including Oxford and Cambridge, enjoy free fitness training sessions…I cried during my last game playing for the team; it is embarrassing but definitely is one of my best memories in life.” – Happy Lok
If you are a female student interested in sport, you are eligible for the Melanie Woiwode Memorial Scholarship to help offset some of the costs of joining a team in the UK!
Regardless of what extracurricular activities you may be involved in at your UC campus, consider joining a student society whilst abroad, even if only for one term. You can learn new skills or hone old ones, and there is no better way to truly become an UK university student than to get involved!