Outbound Ambassadors 2019/20 Outbound Ambassadors 2019/20

Meet our team of ambassadors currently studying abroad. They are here to tell you all about their experiences from all across the world. 

To follow their adventures, read our Brilliant Abroad Blog.

Alfie Alfie

International Development with Social Anthropology with a Year Abroad

International University (ICU) - Tokyo, Japan 

Top Tip: Be patient! I think people always expect things to happen instantly, leading to high expectations. The problem is when things don’t happen in an instant, you are left feeling disappointed and sad. When you move somewhere you go through so many transitions that you just have to be patient and things will work out. Don’t stress if things aren’t as you thought right away, everything takes time. And it’s worth the wait!  

 

Vikki Vikki

International Development with Anthropology with a Year Abroad

Monash University, Australia

Top Tip: I have just completed my first semester and so far, I have loved every single bit of it! Unfortunately, there is one thing that would have my time abroad even better, and that is having a driving license... So, trust me, if you do not already know how to, learn how to drive – you will thank me later! You will be independent, and you will be able to travel as much you want to! Not having a driving license is one of my biggest regrets now that I am on my Year Abroad. 

Vikki's Blog Entries

 

Solange Solange

Law with European Legal Systems

Leiden University, the Netherlands

Top Tip: Buy a bike! There’s no two ways about it – the Netherlands is famous for cycling and you’ll be glad you did. Cycling in Leiden is extremely safe and so enjoyable. It’s one of the main things I’ll miss about the city, without a doubt. 

Kaitlin Kaitlin

Natural Sciences with a Year Abroad

University of British Columbia (Okanagan), Canada

Top Tip: I can’t believe my first semester at UBCO is over, it has been a semester filled with lots of learning (having midterms for your courses means you have to stay on top of your workload) but also some amazing opportunities. My highlights have been hydro flying in Okanagan Lake, volunteering to train people how to save a life using Naloxone and watching the Kelowna Rockets play ice hockey. My top tip for a year abroad in Canada is arrive with a smile and be open to last minute, rapidly changing plans as these can end up being some of the best adventures. 

 

Koshesai Koshesai

International Development with Economics  with a Year Abroad

1st Semester at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana  

2nd Semester at George Mason University in Virginia, USA 

Top Tip: Look at the bigger picture. Ghana got off to a rocky start,  but I am now really enjoying the whole experience and gutted that my semester here is nearly over.  If you’re not having the best time, don’t feel like you’re doing anything wrong. Study abroad can be fun, but not necessarily all the time and that’s absolutely fine. It’ll be hard but focus on the things you enjoy and how great the experience is holistically. Things are always better when you look at the grand scheme of things.   

 

Brooke Brooke

American and English Literature

High Point University, North Carolina, USA

 Top Tip: Prepare for the heat if you’re coming to the Southern states! The humidity was something that really surprised me when I first got here; it was on average about 35 degrees every day, even sitting in the high twenties overnight! It still stays warm throughout the autumn months, and when the weather dropped to about 21 degrees I actually found myself a little bit chilly, so prepare for America to change your British expectations of weather.  

Brooke's Blog Entry

 

Maddy Maddy

Geography and International Development with a Year Abroad

1st Semester at the University of Hong Kong

2nd Semester at the University of Geneva, Switzerland

Top Tip: Don’t be afraid to admit that you’re struggling. My first few weeks in Hong Kong were not easy. Hong Kong was such a huge shock to the system that I found myself missing home more than anything and I am someone who has never suffered from homesickness! Everyone else seemed to be having the time of their lives and I didn’t want to dampen their mood so I kept my feelings to myself. I eventually opened up to friends and family at home and the amazing girls I was living with and slowly started to enjoy myself and completely fall in love with Hong Kong and was devastated to leave.

Maddy's Blog Entry

 

Cindy Cindy

Economics with a Year Abroad  

Kyoto University, Japan

Top Tip: Japan is a beautiful and unique country that holds etiquette in a very high regard. Familiarising yourself with common rules of etiquette in public spaces would be greatly appreciated by local people! Another tip is, before arriving to the country, it would be a great idea to learn a few common key phrases to show appreciation for the Japanese language. Please do not expect every Japanese person to understand English. Although Kyoto is a very famous and touristic city for its cultural history and background, English can be very minimal in some places. 

 

Katherine Katherine

Psychology with a Year Abroad

Carleton University, Canada 

Top Tip: My advice is to make sure you have health insurance! You never know what will happen! I did not expect to break any bones, but here I am. And as interesting as exploring the Canadian healthcare system was, it would have been much less fun if I did not have health insurance! I can’t believe we’re now at the end of the semester. It’s a little bit terrifying how quickly the time flies, and I can’t believe how quickly Canada started feeling like home.

 

Olivia Olivia

American and English Literature 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA 

Top Tip: Go to sports games, even if you’re not a sports fan, especially if you’re in the US. Before coming to UNC I’d never seen a football or basketball game, and I’d maybe seen one soccer (football, I know) match in my whole life. Now I live for match days. You’ll soon pick up the rules, or more accurately learn to cheer when appropriate. Sports is a massive way in which you can feel involved in your university community as it’s such an energetic and supportive environment.

 

Rebekah Rebekah

Chemistry with a Year Abroad 

University of Sydney, Australia

Top Tip: Pack Light! I know that this is easier said than done. Remember you can buy everything you need in your host country. Also, you will most likely be moving between accommodations, so having fewer bags makes this easier. 

Rebekah's Blog Entry