Hannah Davenport is studying History at the University of Sussex and is currently on her year abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. There, she's doing the SILS programme (School of International Liberal Studies) as well as the mandatory study of Japanese language. While she's made every effort to embrace the culture and make new friends, it hasn't been easy. Here's what Hannah's experienced so far, and her top tips for combatting loneliness in Tokyo.
Sarah is studying History and Political Science at the University of Birmingham, and spent her year abroad studying at the National University of Singapore. Alexia is studying English and German at Cardiff University and spent a year living in Berlin, and has just moved back there following the end of her exams! Here, they compare their experiences in Singapore and Hong Kong, in terms of visas, vaccinations, language, climate, sites food, nightlife and drinking. All of the most important things! Which destination would you choose for your year abroad?
Soumia is studying Geography at King's College London, and she spent the summer on an exchange at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, which she highly recommends. Here's why...
Lucy Browett is studying Law with Politics LLB at the University of Sussex, and is currently finishing her year abroad in Grenoble, France, where she's studying for a Certificate in French Law in English. Inspired by our article on using your blog to reflect on your year abroad, Lucy has written a list of her all-time favourite recommendations in Grenoble.
Kia Marie Hunt is doing a degree in Hispanic Studies at University of Birmingham, and spent the first semester of her year abroad at Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay, and is currently studying at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil, where she is learning Brazilian Sign Language. To keep up with her adventures, check out her blog and, in the meantime, here is the good, the bad and the inbetween of living in Brazil...
Victoria is 28 and is a recipient of a 2016 British Council Generation UK Study China scholarship. She is studying Chinese at Qingdao University for a semester after graduating in Modern Chinese Studies in 2014 at the University of Leeds.
Emily is studying Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting at Swansea University, and is spending the first term of her year abroad studying at the University of Bologna in Forlì, and the second studying at the University of Geneva where she did an extracurricular creative writing class. Here's how she found it, the benefits, and her advice about the other extracurricular classes you can do in Geneva.
Lexie Hall, a third year Geography student at Newcastle University, visited Barcelona with a friend in March 2016. It’s a city that truly can be done on a student budget, especially if you’re willing to get fit in the process! This is very much a walking tour of the city, but single metro tickets do cost just €2.15 a ride, so are certainly a viable alternative!
Anishaa Aubeeluck is in her final year of studying German at King's College London, and spent her year abroad as an English Language Assistant at a grammar school in a small town in Germany, called Porta Westfalica. She lived in the nearest city, Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, which is around 2 hours away from Düsseldorf, and an hour away from Hannover, and ran her own extra-curricular English Club for all students. Here is her insider advice for living and working in Bielefeld.
Hannah Davenport is 22 years old and studying History at the University of Sussex. She is currently on an exchange year at Waseda University, Tokyo, in Japan, where she does the SILS programme (School of International Liberal Studies) as well as mandatory study of Japanese language.