We Love England! A Note of Appreciation from Year Long Students

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In England we have partnerships with over a dozen different universities, and tonnes of UC students who study abroad here for the entire year, and are totally loving it! From northern England to the southern coasts of the country, here are some year long students on why they love their host universities and cities so much! 

Every time I step off a plane back in Manchester it’s crazy how much it feels like home now. I’ve fallen in love with the smiling faces and British banter that make up this perfect student city. From the beginning of Fresher’s week to ending my year with Parklife, Manchester has given me a lifetime of unforgettable memories.

– Alicia Layton: University of Manchester

Studying as a film director at Royal Holloway for an entire year is honestly a dream come true and UCEAP has made it all possible. There’s nothing else that compares to immersing yourself in a foreign country for an entire year. The experiences I’ve had so far at Royal Holloway and in London have literally changed the way I see myself and the world around me.

From quite a young age, I’ve loved British film, television and culture. British and European films have influenced me as a filmmaker. Now I’m honing my skills as a writer/director under some of the top film and media arts educators in the U.K. My teachers have helped me reach a level of quality in my films, which I previously thought only possible in graduate school or working as a professional. From the bottom of my heart, I thank Royal Holloway, University of London, the EAP office at my home campus, UC Santa Barbara, and the UCEAP offices and staff in California and at the London Study Centre. Without them all, I wouldn’t be where I am today, literally.

– Kevin Dorian: University of London, Royal Holloway

I love the classes here at Sussex. Because of the small sizes and the friendliness of the people here I feel its easy to get to know my classmates and professors. I also love how my classes bring a different perspective to the same topic I am studying back home.

My favourite thing about the University of Sussex is women’s rugby team. I joined the club at the beginning of the year and it was one of the best decisions I made concerning my study abroad experience. I would strongly encourage anyone studying abroad for any amount of time to join a sports society. It will undoubtedly contribute greatly to the immersion in the culture and the experience as a whole.

Carolina Dossi: University of Sussex

I love Kent because it’s so easy to make friends here, the people are so nice and with all the clubs and societies there’s something for everyone. Living in Canterbury has been amazing, it’s such a historic town with so many incredible stories surrounding it.

– Caleb Simonds: University of Kent